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Canine & Feline Demodectic Mange

Pet supplements for demodectic mange.

Demodectic Mange

Herbal treatments for symptoms related to demodectic mange.

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, skin and coat health and is the result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune systems and tissues and organs in the body. Plant botanicals support the process of free radical scavenging, the skin’s ability to withstand the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms by maintaining proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function; protect the skin and connective tissues in the joints, reduce inflammation in the joints, acidify urine, improve immune function and build resistance to allergies.

Demodectic mange, also known as demodex, demodicosis or red mange, is caused by an over population of demodectic mites, a parasite which live in the hair follicles of our pets.

Demodectic mites are usually transmitted from mothers to their young in the first few weeks of life, and generally do not cause harm to your pet. When poor malnutrition, a weakened immune system, or intense stress disrupts the natural balance of the body, mites can reproduce rapidly and become out of control. Demodectic mange occurs mostly commonly in puppies with under-developed immune systems or senior and convalescing pets with suppressed immune systems.

Hair loss (alopecia) is usually the first symptom that is noticed. Hair loss usually begins on the head area, starting around the eyes and muzzle. The skin may appear red, crusty, and moist and the affected area will be sensitive to touch, skin may be itchy and cracked and the area may ooze.

Demodectic mange can be mild or very serious, resulting in fatality. Hair loss can spread over large areas of the body, lymph nodes can become swollen and skin can become inflamed, infected and painful to the touch. Secondary infections can develop quickly, accompanied by fever, lethargy and appetite loss.

Corticosteroids or other immune-suppressing drugs have also been implicated as a possible cause for demodectic mange.  

Demodectic mange may be activated by a variety of illnesses including Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, cancer, and heartworm disease in dogs, or Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) in cats.

Herbal Remedies: (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets for this disease or condition - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are safe and effective to treat and prevent mange, fleas, mites and other parasites due to its natural antibiotic and anti-septic properties which can boost immunity, help guard against and reduce infection and infection cycles in the treatment of demodectic mange.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; provides cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Skin Nirvana – (learn more) functions as a natural antibiotic, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, immune modular and antioxidant to help  repair the effects of topical skin wounds, scars, burns, hot spots, allergies, insect bites, environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms, both bacterial and viral, containing a natural antibiotic base capable of fighting skin bacteria related to Escherichia Coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomona Aeruginosa and Propionibacterium acnes.

Yummy Tummy  (learn more) promotes Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, for urine leakage and urinary incontinence, as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and for Candida albicans.

Love Your Liver - (learn more) promotes the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder, facilitates rental and digestive excretions, provides protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food, relieves symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for hepatic lipidosis, Fatty Liver Disease (FLD),  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) and Feline cholangiohepatitis.

Shake Ur Groove Thing  (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function and purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification, used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating, supports correct balance of intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system, for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities, as a general skin support, and provides a healthy solution for waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.

Conventional Remedies:

Your vet will likely conduct a skin scraping or biopsy before an accurate diagnosis can be made.

Since mange is typically related to a compromised immune system, the underlying cause of the immune suppression or deficiency must be treated in conjunction with the treatment for mange. Conventional treatments of mange are usually in the form of chemical based lotions, dips and shampoos.

Many of these treatments contain chemicals such as benzyl peroxide, amitraz and ivermectin, however, it must be noted that these chemicals can be very harsh and cause a number of unwanted side effects. In cases where demodectic mange is severe or generalized over large areas of the body, antibiotics are often prescribed to guard against serious infection. Antibiotics weaken the immune system. 







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