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What is Mange and What Causes It?

Mange is a skin disorder caused by parasitic mites. There are two types: Demodectic mange (also known as red mange) and Sarcoptic mange, sometimes called scabies. Demodectic mange, the most common type, is less severe than Sarcoptic mange and is not contagious. It’s an inflammatory response to a mite that lives on the skin and hair follicles of nearly all dogs, usually without causing problems. However, a compromised immune system or an unusual spike in the mite’s population can lead to irritation—this is Demodectic mange. While complications and further infection occur in rare cases, Demodectic mange normally resolves fairly quickly without requiring treatment.

Sarcoptic Mange, however, is highly contagious, and can affect dogs, cats, pigs, horses and even humans (human infestation is known as scabies). It’s caused by a mite that burrows into the skin, resulting in intense, often painful itching. Skin damage, hair loss, and scabs are all common in Sarcoptic mange. Complications are more common with this type of mange, and it’s usually much harder to get rid of, as it’s easily passed between people, pets and places that have become infested with the scabies mite. 

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What Are the Symptoms?

Mange symptoms vary somewhat depending on the type. Hair loss is more common with Demodectic mange, for example, and Sarcoptic mange tends to cause more intense itching, and is normally located on the ears, face, legs and elbows. But in general, the following symptoms are seen in both forms of mange:

  • Hair loss and bald spots
  • Scabs
  • Sores
  • Redness or crusting of the skin
  • Moderate to severe scratching
  • Restlessness

How Can I Prevent Mange?

Methods for preventing mange will depend on the type. Demodectic mange can normally be prevented by keeping your pet clean and healthy. Basic hygiene and a balanced diet are almost always sufficient (in general, choose fresh, organic options over pre-packaged foods). Sarcoptic mange is another issue entirely. Many of the same methods used to repel fleas and ticks can be used for scabies mites—such as regularly cleaning bedding and practicing basic pest prevention. Again, Sarcoptic mange is highly contagious, so limiting possible points of exposure is essential. Similarly, if your pet contracts scabies mites, you’ll need to isolate them, to keep them from infesting other animals and your home.


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What to Do if Your Pet Has Mange

First thing’s first: take them to a veterinarian. A vet will use skin scrapings to verify a mite diagnosis. Also, a vet visit is important to rule out and prevent secondary infections from taking hold. When at all possible, natural methods are our preferred approach, as they can be both effective and non-toxic. However, never employ natural options instead of consulting a vet, do so only in conjunction with their professional advice

4 Natural Tips for Dealing Mange

Olive Oil

Olive oil is said to both soothe mange-damaged skin and help control the mites that cause mange. Gently apply directly to affected areas. Just be mindful that an oily pet can easily leave oil spots on carpet, furniture and bedding.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is said to relieve itching and kill mange-causing mites. Its antiseptic and antibacterial properties can also help regulate pH levels, which will in turn aid in the healing of damaged skin. You can apply ACV directly to affected areas using a spray bottle, or if the issue is widespread, you can apply all over as a post-bath treatment. Allow the ACV to air dry. Do not use on pets with raw or otherwise damaged skin.

Natural Bug Repellents 

Natural, pet-friendly bug repellents, like Cedarcide Original, can help keep mites at bay. Apply to both your pet and yourself before enjoying outdoor activities, like visiting the dog park or hiking, to deter biting pests—including mites, fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.


Honey is said to help clean and relieve the sores caused by mange. Apply it directly to affected areas using a cotton ball or other gentle applicator.


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  1. Lakisha on September 25, 2020 at 2:22 AM

    My 10 week old puppy has demodex mange and is being treated . Will putting apple cider vinegar in his water help with mange

    • Jonathan At Cedarcide on October 9, 2020 at 1:41 PM

      Nope, you will need apply something topically—Cedarcide Original is fantastic for killing and repelling mites, including those that cause mange. Here’s a link: https://www.cedarcide.com/product/cedarcide-original-kit/

      We’re here if you need anything else 🙂

  2. Debra Stover on July 28, 2020 at 12:01 PM

    PLEASE, help 7month rescued dog has demodex mites, with severe itching, Vet gave Seripca? tick & flea chew.. but wont do a dip bath because vet says it’s toxic for dogs?

  3. Germaine on September 18, 2019 at 8:40 PM

    I am really nervous i have a 2 month german sheppard and he has sarcoptic mange what is the best way to treat it

    • Jonathan At Cedarcide on September 20, 2019 at 9:52 AM

      Cedarcide Original is great at killing and repelling the mites that cause mange. I would also research natural approaches for soothing your pup’s skin to relieve the itching. 🙂

      • Beverly on September 12, 2020 at 6:08 PM

        I like coconut oil soothes and looks better within 24 hours

        • Jonathan At Cedarcide on October 9, 2020 at 1:53 PM

          Us too, Beverly!

  4. Barbara Pettit on September 13, 2019 at 7:38 AM

    If using Apple cider vinegar how often do you use it. I found a young cat. A feral cat. Would like to catch and treat her

    • Jonathan At Cedarcide on September 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM

      Great question! It all depends on the situation. We would suggest starting with once a week and seeing how the issue improves 🙂

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