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Is it possible to treat mange at home?

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It is possible to treat mange in dogs at home, but it is advisable to bring the dog to a veterinarian for full diagnosis and advice. Some treatments may not be suitable for individual dogs, and older dogs may never be fully cured of mange.

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There are three different types of mange in dogs: demodectic, sarcoptic and cheyletiella. Each type can be identified by differing symptoms or by clinical testing provided by a veterinarian. Recommended treatment depends on the type of mange and the individual animal. Home remedies include store-bought shampoos and dips, homemade shampoos, specialized diets and non-prescription medication. Advice from a veterinarian is recommended before starting any home treatment for mange, as some medications can be toxic to certain dogs or cause allergic reactions.

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