How To Treat Scabies On Your Dog Or Cat

How To Treat Scabies On Your Dog Or Cat

What are dog scabies and cat scabies?

Dog scabies, known as sarcoptic mange, and cat scabies, known as notedric mange, are actually the same mite that infests humans, called Sarcoptes scabiei. These mites infest the top layers of skin, where they lay their eggs and reproduce. This causes an immune reaction from the skin, resulting in rashes and red bumps, all over the body.

What does scabies look like on your cat or dog?

Here is a couple pictures of what scabies look like, on a dog.

Can you catch scabies from your dog or cat?

Yes,  you can catch scabies from your dog or your cat. The mite that infests humans, sarcoptes scabiei, can infest many other different species of animals as well, including dogs and cats. 

How do you treat your dog or cat for scabies?

The treatment for scabies in your dog or cat, is going to be the same as the treatment for scabies in humans. The only difference is that your dog or cat has a lot of extra hair in the way, so applying a topical treatment is going to be more difficult. There are a couple ways to get around this, as I will describe below.

Use liquid permethrin

Permetherine is a pesticide, and it is the standard treatment for all species of scabies. Doctors will usually prescribe 5% permetherin cream, but if you want to get permethrin over the counter, you can order this 10% permethrin liquid from amazon. Another reason that I recommend getting permethrin in liquid form, for your dog or cat, is because it will be much easier to apply to the skin, without all of their hair getting in the way. 

Borax and hydrogen peroxide

Borax is a natural mineral that is also used as a pesticide to kill parasites like bedbugs, lice, flees, ticks, scabies, and even larger insects like spiders, cockroaches and ants. It works by absorbing through there hard outer layers and desiccating (dehydrating) thier bodies, until they eventually die.

  1. Put your pet in the bathtub.
  2. mix together, two parts borax and one part hydrogen peroxide.
  3. Scrub it all over your pet.

Bleach baths

Bleach baths are great for killing off parasites on your your dog and cat that are hard to get at underneath all that fur. Bleach baths can eradicate flees, ticks, lice, bedbugs, and scabies, by rapidly oxidizing the parasites bodies, because of the active ingredient, hypochlorite. Bleach baths are also able to kill off most forms of bacteria, fungus, and viruses, like ringworm and mrsa. 

  1. Fill your bathtub with warm water.
  2. Add 1 cup of bleach to the water.
  3. Soak your pet in the bath for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Repeat this at least once a day, until their symptoms, go away.

Tea tree oil or clove oil

This treatment is my number one recommendation for treating scabies in people. But, it might be more difficult to apply to your dog or cat. And, I must warn you that your pet will be oily and smell strongly of tea tree or clove. This treatment will work best if your pet has short hair.

Clove and tea tree have been shown in scientific studies to be two of the most effective natural treatments for killing scabies. This is due to special acaricidal compounds (kills ticks and mites). Clove oil contains a compound called eugenol and tea tree oil contains a compound called terpinen-4-ol. .

  1. measure out one cup of olive oil.
  2. Add three tablespoons of tea tree oil or clove oil.
  3. pour this mixture all over their body and scrub it into their fur.
  4. repeat this every day until their symptoms go away.

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