Mites are parasites can cause mange. If your dog is itchy you may want to try the essential oil remedy for mites and mange later in this article.
Wikipedia gives the following definition of mange:
Mange is class of skin diseases caused by parasitic mites. Parasitic mites that cause mange in mammals embed themselves either in skin or hair follicles in the animal, depending upon their genus. Sarcoptes spp. burrow into skin, whileDemodex spp. live in follicles.
Mites on dogs cause two types of mange
Mites themselves don’t cause damage if the host (you, me or our dog) has a healthy immune system. If the immune system is weak, it’s a whole different story. They’re free to make a meal out of you or your dog! It is not unusual for dogs to have some mites on their skin at one time or another.
- Demodex mange is most commonly seen in dogs with weak immune systems. This includes both puppies and full-grown dogs. Newborn puppies often get them from their moms when snuggling and nursing. Most canines have a small amount of this type of mite. The symptoms are red, itchy, and scaly skin. The skin may be dry or oily, but smells really bad. Demodex may cause light to significant hair loss. In severe cases the skin becomes extremely thick – similar to elephant hide. Demodex is NOT transmittable to humans.
- Sarcoptic mange is brought on by the Sarcoptes mite that burrows under the dogs skin and lays eggs. The mites cause extreme itchiness that results in vigorous scratching. In many cases the intense scratching will tear the skin and release the mites that then die. For this reason, 50% of dogs with sarcoptic mange test negative for it. Other symptoms include oozing, raw skin with a white scabby crust. Sarcoptic mange IS contagious and each canines in the home should be treated.
All parasites hate healthy hosts! Mites, as well as fleas and ticks, aren’t attracted to a good, healthy immune system. So if your Labrador is fit and healthy, there’s a lesser chance of invasion.
Essential Oil Remedies for Mites
Here’s a home remedy that you can try. Only use high quality essential oils because the last thing you need is to allow any harmful toxins into the mix. It works for both types of mites.
Add these essential oils to a container of Animal Scents Shampoo and wash your dog two times each week.
- 10 drops – Lavender
- 6 drops – Purification
- 2 drops – Helichrysum
- 4 drops – Marjoram
You can also create a topical application by adding the same essential oils (and quantities) to an ounce of V-6 Oil and keep it in a dark glass bottle. Put several drops on the effected area 2-3 times a day for three weeks.