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Sulfur Treatment for Dogs

Updated on February 11, 2013


Sulfur treatment in dogs is one of the most used treatments for combating sarcoptic mange in dogs. Sulfur treatment has also been used in cats. Sarcoptic mange is a very contagious skin problem that is caused by mites on dog’s skin and causes devastating effects on dogs.

Although some people argue that sulfur treatment in dogs is not the best way to treat maybe in dogs, there have been considerable successes amongst dog owners who have tried sulfur treatment for mange in dogs.

What exactly is Sarcoptic Mange?

This is one of the most common questions that dog owners who have not had experience with mange in dogs, will ask veterinarians. Sarcoptic mange is best described as dog’s scabies. This is a condition that is caused by mites on dogs.

The mites borrow in the dog’s skin and cause allergic reactions leading to inflammation of the dog’s skin. Unless the mites are eliminate by use of topical applications like sulfur and others; the mange can easily degenerate to serious septicemia especially when infected by the secondary bacteria.

Quick Diagnosis and Treatment Needed

When your dog is suffering from sarcoptic manage; this is an urgent need for you to seek veterinarian’s help or look for the best way to treat. The diagnosis of sarcoptic manage should be done in a quick way and treatment carried out as soon as possible to prevent the degeneration of this disease to a chronic problem. The treatment of sarcoptic mange is only the topical applications where, sulfur comes in and other injection like antibiotics when the ulcers caused by mites are infected by bacteria.

Using Sulfur for Sarcoptic Mange Treatment

You may probably want to know how dog scabies is treated. One of the home remedies popular amongst dog owners for treatment of scabies in dogs is sulfur. It is a home remedy that has been used for decades and good results have been reported.

Considering sarcoptic manage is a disease that is very contagious; the use of sulfur to preventive transmissions of sarcoptic mange is also useful in breeding kennels. When one dog is infected the chance of spread to the entire kennel is very high.

How Sulfur Treatment for Dogs with Mange

Using sulfur for treatment of mange in dogs is something that has been proven to work. This is effective when done as sulfur-lime dips that are even recommenced in puppies. When using sulfur lime for dipping your dogs; you should dilute the sulfur with water, to make more effective and less harmful to dog’s skin. When dipping you should be careful not to put sulfur in the dog’s eyes and the mouth. Sulfur dips alone cannot be effective especially when your dog has diffuse inflammation of the skin. You may want to add corticosteroid or as advised by your vet to ensure the inflammation of the skin is taken care of.

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Sulfur Treatment for dogs Side Effects

Sulfur has a very potent effect on elimination of mites on dog’s skin. It is also very good for use on dog’s skin since it has very minimal side effects. Used together with corticosteroids good results are realized in treatment of mange in dogs.


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    • LiamBean profile image


      4 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

      I bought sulpher powder from my local pharmacy. They had to order it, but a small bottle (more than enough) cost about five bucks.

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      4 years ago

      Where can I get sulfur? Im looking for alternatives to harmful chemicals found in products like Front Line, because my babies got the mange after using Front Line, due to allergies & scratching. I didn't know that the people before me had animals with mange & knew about the fleas, so I shrugged it off & got Front Line & now they are all losing fur & have red spots, they are warm to touch.

    • LiamBean profile image


      4 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

      I use sulfur powder for flea control on my two small (10lb) dogs. They would have to lick every square inch of themselves to get sick from it. The fleas NEVER get used to it. Best of all, it brushes or washes right off and is cheaper than much more dangerous and toxic flea treatments.

      Vote up and useful.

    • afriqnet profile imageAUTHOR

      Joe Njenga 

      6 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

      Thanks for stopping by to make a comment and voting it up :)

    • Eiddwen profile image


      6 years ago from Wales

      I am sure many dog owners will benefit from reading this one. I vote up and share.

      Enjoy your day.



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