Most people think that demodectic mange requires a complex treatment procedure for getting rid of the skin problem, so they usually get things like Ivermectin or Mitaban dips. These things are indeed complex, and for the most part, they do get the job done. However, there is always a chance of the medicines failing to do so, which often leaves the owners feeling helpless about their dog’s mange.
The problem arises when the owners arrive at the conclusion that since the medicines recommend by professionals don’t work, it most probably means that their dogs will never be cured. If left unresolved, it will spiral down into the fatal train of thought, that the only way out is to subject the dog to euthanasia.
If the owners could only be told that there are other ways of treating demodectic mange, we wouldn’t be seeing so many instances of ‘premature failures’ every day, especially since some of these treatments can be found at the nearest grocery store.
I am speaking of course, about lemons.
Lemons: Destroyer of Parasite Infestations
We usually see them in the form of lemonades, iced lemon teas and maybe even as garnishing on a roast chicken, but we also don’t notice them in many other forms: dishwashing detergents, toilet seat cleaners, or the air fresheners we spray around our homes.
The lemony scent isn’t just there for a pleasant smell around the house, either. Most people don’t know that this citric fruit is also incredibly effective against parasites of any kind, including fleas and mites.
To be fair, the mere smell of a lemon isn’t enough to kill the parasites; in fact, even lemon juice isn’t capable of killing mites en masse. On the contrary, their greatest strength lies in their absolute repulsiveness towards them. Mites flea from any area drenched in lemon juice, because they just can’t live with the smell.
So How Does Lemon Juice Work For Demodectic Mange?
Given that mites will readily evacuate the site of a lemon juice spill, it makes perfect sense to use them on your dog instead.
There are two ways of going about it: diluted and undiluted. If your dog only has a mild, or localized case of demodectic mange (i.e. less than five bald spots on the body), the undiluted solution would be a better fit. Here’s what you have to do:
1.) Get a lemon.
2.) Squeeze out the lemon juice on a sponge.
3.) Coat the bald spots thoroughly using the sponge.
And you’re done! Because areas affected with localized mange is easier to spot, the lemon juice is more effective when used as a topical treatment.
For more serious cases of generalized mange, you may want to dilute the lemon in some water first. This is to ensure that there is enough lemon to cover the whole of your dog’s body. Here are the steps:
1.) Get a lemon, and some water.
2.) Squeeze the lemon juice into the water, and stir it into a mixture.
3.) Get a sponge, and coat the entire body with the mixture. Be sure to use it all up.
If you do this at least once a day, you’ll definitely see some results soon enough.