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A Natural Home Cure for Mange, Skin Allergies, and Fleas

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It Will Drive You Mad

Having a dog, cat, or pet with mange, skin allergies, or fleas will drive you mad. It can also take a huge chunk out of your bank account, especially if you have a vet that charges $250 every time there's an outbreak.

I'm writing this article about a natural home cure for all of those who are in dire need of a solution that works almost every time and won’t break the bank. It took me forever to find it myself—first I suffered through paying for prescriptions only to have another break out a month later. Then I experimented with a 20 Mule Team Borax mixture, vinegar, and goodness knows how many other supposed fixes, and nothing was working. The real pistol was when my other rescue dog got it and then there were two to treat. Aahhhhhhhhh. In 55 years, I've never had a dog with skin issues, mange or anything, I had no idea of what a large problem it can be and how many others had dogs with the same issue.

Then I tried coconut oil. I remembered a long time ago, when I managed hotels, I babysat for the owner's dog, which was an adorable little yorkie. When I was getting all the instructions I asked if she needed any flea products or other special care. He told me that because her skin was so naturally oily, she rarely if ever got any fleas. I was in shock but it made sense. Mange mites, lice, fleas, etc, all hate oils because the oil suffocates and kills them. I had also heard of the old burnt oil remedy (please don’t ever do that).

I Feel So Bad and They Look So Miserable


It Worked, Hallelujah

So I tried it and it worked.

First, I tried it on a few spots to make sure it wasn’t going to irritate their skin and send them running for the hills like Schreiners Herbal Solution did (a fabulous product that is great for cuts, horse injuries, mange, etc). With the coconut oil, they came running to me as if it were a treat or food. You could tell it gave them instant relief, as they sat there almost begging for more. I usually pour some into a separate plastic cup before applying it, so I don’t risk spilling the whole container. I then pour a little on their backs and rub it on. Finally, I'll pour some in my hand and apply it in the hard-to-reach areas. They will readily roll over so I can do their bellies, and I make sure to get their ears and around their eyes, (not in their eyes just around them). They will love you for it and start licking their way to soothing relief. I almost always let them have about a tablespoonful to lick out of their bowls. It’s great for them. **Update...remember to consider the size of your dog. Small dogs use maybe 1/4 tsp, medium 1/2 tsp, large up to 1 tsp starting with 1/2 and working your way up. If a loose stool starts stop and restart with lower dose. It is great for their immune system. It kills fleas, mites, soothes the skin, and gives them an amazing shiny coat.

A Couple of Warnings

  • Do not lather your dogs up with oil and then leave them outside in 90-degree weather with no shade; it will burn them up. ***Update Leave the oil on anywhere from a few hours, (no less than) to overnight. Then wash it off using Dawn dishwashing soap if you have it and dry. Inspect their skin regularly for new break outs of itchy irritation.
  • If new break outs occur that look oily use an antiseptic solution, (for dogs) until it clears up.
  • If the area is dry and they are scratching apply more oil to that area only making sure the entire area is covered.
  • Don’t stop using the oil until their skin conditions are 100 percent cured. That way you know all of the mites and eggs have hatched and are dead.
  • ...Update Please do not be afraid to send me pictures or emails, I have had quite a few and don't mind at all.
  • Fair warning: The coconut oil gives them extra energy, so if your dog loves to play ball or fetch, be prepared. You can tell they’re feeling better in just a day or two.

Pretty Amazing Difference For Not Even a Week


That About Does It

As you can see, the culprit who started this disaster just had pups, which is another problem arising from the mange because they both needed to get better before the surgery. I didn’t post the before and afters for her because she is so black they didn’t turn out good.

The video is of Stinkers, the wild baby skunk, being a sweetie and having breakfast.

Have an incredible day and give your pet a big old hug from yours truly. I’m telling you, they are what keeps me sane. (Well, most of the time. Okay, part of the time.) Talk to you soon.

...Update... Thank you all so much for all your comments, emails, and pictures, I can't explain just how much I appreciate it, especially the before and afters. Several times your updates have brought happy tears to my eyes, which makes this all worth every second.

Puppies Puppies and More Skunks???


Looks Like Stinker the Skunk Was Also Making Babies

This oil is great! Check out some of the 300+ reviews for other uses when you have leftovers .


Charlu (author) from Florida on April 29, 2019:

Hi Lisa First off thanks for helping feral cats and although I would love to help I have not tried it myself, and don't like recommending things I have no experience with I did Google it awhile ago with a similar question and found a pretty good article posted by petmed. I hope you read it or others that may help. If you do and use it please let myself and others know so we can all learn from it.

Sorry I couldn't help anymore than that and have a great day. Hopefully we'll hear good news soon and thanks again for what you do

Lisa on April 28, 2019:

Can I use this on one of my tame feral cats?

Charlu (author) from Florida on February 10, 2019:

Anytime and if it looks like the pictures of Buster you should be fine just watch for more itching, reddness, etc and you can keep putting it on the skin. You just want to make sure once the mites are dead the skin can breath a little (pores aren't constantly clogged) and the hair will grow back faster. Thank you for the post and let me know :)

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Dobiedwa on February 09, 2019:

Thanks for answering me! I will get a picture of her later for you, but for now.. Her skin looks more like the two pictures you have of your dog after treatment. It seems to be more "reddish pink" right after applying the cream all over. Not put it on the skin? I thought that was what you did? To kill the devils? I do have a soothing shampoo I will use that today.. I just don't want to start with the Ivermectin on her.. I don't know WHY she got it now when she is older.... ( 5 months) and not when she was younger !!!! Hate this stuff! Thanks again!

Charlu (author) from Florida on February 09, 2019:

Hi Dobie

It may get a little pink/red but not bright red. You may want to give the puppy a warm bath or at least wipe the area clean before reapplying. Don't over do it once the mites are dead the hair will start to grow back and you don't need to use the oil on their skin ( I suggest a tsp or 2 depending on size orally. Let me know and if you can please send me a picture or two so I can see. Thanks and let me know

Dobiedwa on February 08, 2019:

I hope this works. I have been applying it on an older puppy every other day. She loves it, yet her skin looks very red to me. Is this natural? Thanks.

Charlu on December 16, 2018:

You want to wash it off to make sure 1) That you get all the dead mites, fleas, eggs, etc. off so you don't get more hatching 2) You want to make sure their skin doesn't get to oily or burns if dogs are outside

Martha Longoria on December 15, 2018:

I was wondering...why wash it off? Poor Chop is constantly getting skin irritations. And Vet visits are so expensive.

Charlu (author) from Florida on September 22, 2018:

Linda Thank you for your comments and recommendations I use coconut oil almost every morning with my everything toast and cream cheese (of course the dogs get some of the toast and oil). I swear it brings out the flavors in everything, helps with joints, hair, and even gives me a little boost of energy. I use it on my skin, the dogs, I've even put a half a tsp in my black flavored coffee. The difference is amazing.

Thanks again for your wonderful comments and you can drop me an email or please suggest more uses in the comments anytime, I know we all appreciate it. Take care

Linda Chaffins on September 22, 2018:

coconut oil as a miracle I use it everywhere and put it on a Dodge I wash my hair with that I use it on my skin and I want to thank you for confirming the fact that is good for your dogs my dogs left so I would really like to thank you for your your words of encouragement thank you for putting your article on because a lot of people don't believe that you can use it on your dogs my dogs love it and I want to thank you for confirming that fact and your article.... I'm happy to know that you agree with me... I put it on the dog's after their bath and I leave it on them it's good for their skin and like you said they can lick it and it won't hurt them I always put it on thier food and I cook with it... it's a miracle and you can use it for everything thank you again

Charlu on July 26, 2018:

Denise Anytime, If you have any questions just send me an email

Dens Yang from Cebu, Philippines on July 25, 2018:

I should try to do the same. Thank you so much for the information.

Charlu on May 29, 2018:

Hi Kelly

I don't have a lot of personal experience with cats and although I have read a few articles as to it working well applying to the skin or in their food works well (1/4 to1/2 a tsp), I really don't like recommending something I haven't tried and had success with.

Hopefully someone will give you some better feedback.

My apologies


Kelly on May 22, 2018:

Has anyone used coconut on a cat? I have a stray at my work that may have mange mite and I want to try something. I tried ACV and water mixture. The first time I tried it, he was ok. The second time, he caught the smell and wont let me near him if he smells it. He's very friendly so I think I have a chance if I can find something to put on him with little smell or more desirable smell than ACV. Any suggestions?

Charlu on March 18, 2018:

Hi Elizabeth First trying to many different things you won't be able to tell what if anything is working. I know it's hard when they're miserable but let's take a look at a few things. One are you sure it's mange. Two the oil works by suffocating the mites so the Dawn and borax will just contradict each other. Can you send me some pictures at charlu56 at gmail Are you using flea protection and how long have you had the dog? Send me a couple pics if you can and answer a few of the questions. I would stop anything that is going to dry out the skin as it's going to make it itch more. Make sure you don't mix any of the treatments. Depending on where you live flea season is starting and dogs that are allergic can suffer with just a few bites. Some Benadryl may help MAKE SURE not to over do it. Sorry it took so long to get back to you I just got notified

Elizabeth Conway on March 16, 2018:

I am desperate for something to work.

I've been using Tom's Mange cure Protocal and giving my dog Echinacea, colostrum, Rachael Ray's Just 6 dog food, a bath with diluted Dawn followed by a 1% peroxide and Borax rinse, and brewers yeast. We've been doing this for 4 weeks now and the Mange doesn't seem to be getting better. I just started adding coconut oil to her skin this week as the above treatment said not to use oil on the skin.

She's pretty miserable

Charlu (author) from Florida on February 07, 2018:

Hi Jamiee So sorry it took so long to get back to you

Anyway you definitely don't need to wash her unless she is really dirty before you put on the oil and just put a light coat when you do Sometimes I didn't even need to wash it off as they licked it off or soaked in. As long as it looks good and she's not going in the sun you can wait a day or two.

Watch for the hair to start growing back and you can stop the oil

Please feel free to email me with pictures of some of the spots at so I can get a better idea of what it looks like Sometimes they get like little pus pockets Let me know how she doing. Thanks Charlu

jamieejamieson78 on February 02, 2018:

Hello I need some advice. I have a labrador/weimaraner. She is now 7months old and yes she was spayed at 15 weeks from a rescue. She has had this on going cycle with the mange mites. Yes she has been to Vet many times and she was positive when the vet scrapped her forehead for the mange mites. The vet put her on antibiotic and Ivermectin. And wanted me to do the Lyme dip. I refused the Lyme the dip. i also took her off the ivermectin. The dry food she is on is ACANA Herititage fish formula. I also give her fish oil capsule once a day and benadryl. I would like to know how I go about the coconut oil? Do I apply dawn soap bathe then apply coconut oil all thru her fur/skin? and does the rinse follow hrs later? I have applied the coconut oil on my pup my result is alot of dry flakes all over her coat. should I of followed with a dawn bathe first? then the coconut oil? plz help running out of idea for my pup

Charlu (author) from Florida on January 25, 2018:

Thanks Debbie for your comment and wonderful input. I also use coconut oil for everything and love it.

One thing I found though was if you look at the pictures of my dogs skin you can see how pink it is which was unfortunately after he was out in the sun with the oil. It was worse the day before and unfortunately he was very dirty which is another reason for the bath. I have found that this occurs more often with dogs that are mainly white, not sure why just my experience.

Thanks again


Debbie on January 23, 2018:

Fab post. I use coconut oil for everything.

I wanted you know though that dogs won't overhear with the oil because it absorbs into the skin without blocking the pores. It is also SPF 7 so it's protection Oromo the sun. You don't need to wash coconut oil out either. Some dogs find baths stressful. The detergents can also sting and irritate their mange.

Well done for the post, I think it's not good for animals to use medication on their skin because they will ingest it. Brilliant forum, thank you.

Charlu (author) from Florida on August 02, 2017:

Hi Chastity Please make sure you give her a good bath and send pictures to my email as I don't know how long this has been going on but if you have switched dog food lately you may want to look at the ingredients. Thanks and talk to you soon.

Chastity on August 02, 2017:

I have a Blue Chihuahua, she has hair loss, little red bumps and dry ichy skin, I started using 100% coconut oil yesterday will send pics soon

Charlu (author) from Florida on July 24, 2017:

Hi Alejandra

So sorry it took so long to get back to you but for some reason I was having trouble being able to respond. Anyway wash the coconut oil off after 6 to 12 hrs especially if they are still rubbing and crying, sooner if it seems to be a problem. Realize that at first fleas, mites, etc. will be dying and probably biting to hang on. The bath will help stop both issues. If your puppy starts showing signs of mange etc. again repeat the process. Please check your food for grains and corn gluten as they may be allergic. If so Benadryl may help until you change foods Be extremely careful with dosage and please email me with pictures if you can as it will help me try to figure out the issue if possible. This has helped with others tremendously. Thanks and good luck with your new baby. Talk to you soon.


Alejandra Alvarez on July 22, 2017:

I used this coconut oil method on my puppy, and she was laying down falling asleep for once, and when I stopped she started rubbing her Body on the carpet and crying, do you think she's allergic to it ? Or should she be ok? I haven't washed the oil off yet I was planning to leave it on over night , and she finally fell asleep on the floor. So I'm not sure if I should continue doing this treatment or how often should I ?

alejandra alvarez on July 22, 2017:

I used this coconut oil method on my puppy, and she was laying down falling asleep for once, and when I stopped she started rubbing her Body on the carpet and crying, do you think she's allergic to it ? Or should she be ok? I haven't washed the oil off yet I was planning to leave it on over night , and she finally fell asleep on the floor. So I'm not sure if I should continue doing this treatment or how often should I ?

Charlu (author) from Florida on January 09, 2017:

Hi Martine I just got notified of your comment and am sorry it took so long to get back to you. Yes you can do just like you said just be careful not to get it in their eyes. Also the oil kills them all by suffocating them. I have tried so many different flea applications and it's crazy how none of them last as long as advertised (not even close). I'm trying something new next month and will let everyone know if it works. Thanks and let me know how everything is going. Have a great day!

Martine on October 14, 2016:

Hi Charlu, i'm writing again i was wondering is coconut kill the adult

Female on the skin, i got scare because i probably didn't reach every

Where it when to the face , so i went to the vet his taking advante multi, it a week now (does not work), do you think i can put coconut oil every where and let stay for 2 hours one a week and give a good bath with gentle shampoo,

Charlu (author) from Florida on April 09, 2016:

Hi Martine You need to make sure you reach the skin to kill the mites, just try not to over do it. I'm glad it's helping and if you have any more questions you can email me at Have a great day and give Billy a big hug from me.


martine on April 09, 2016:

My little dog Billy, had sarcoptic mange before wich i treated with

Bath (GSE) . He was Ok for one year and now it is starting again.

I sarted to treat him with coconut oil (his skin is getting better).

My question : he has long hair do i have to rich the skin or just

Rub his coat?

Charlu (author) from Florida on March 25, 2016:

Hi Claire Thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me know that it worked and your baby is recovering. It really puts a huge smile on my face to hear that he has so much energy and that you have so many coconuts there that are available for you to use. Thanks again and you and your baby have an incredible healthy life together

Claire on March 25, 2016:

H Charlu! I just want to thank you for this information you've shared. My malshi baby is now recovering from his mange all thanks to you! He was quite depressed when we found him and now he's just bursting with energy! We have a lot of coconuts here so I can easily make him the oil which he loves by the way. I'm really super glad I found this website!

Charlu (author) from Florida on January 08, 2016:

Your so welcome and thank you so much for letting me know. Have a great day and a fantastic new year. If you have any other questions I'd be glad to help.


Sheree on January 08, 2016:

Oh I'm so pleased Charlu, the redness is improving slowly and Diva (chocolate lab) just loves eating it! Win win I say. Thank you so much!

Charlu (author) from Florida on January 05, 2016:

Hi Sheree

Your not bothering me and I am glad to try and help. For now your right none in the food and just put it on the irritated areas making sure to get it all. If you see any other places start to get irritated make sure to get them to and let me know. Have a great day

PS Is it getting better since you've been using the oil?

Hi Charlu on January 04, 2016:

Sorry to bother you but do I just rub the coconut oil where the mange appears or all over her? It's her elbows, under snout, reddish paws and ears that are the main areas. I haven't been putting any in her food as she licks the excess off my hands hehe.

Look forward to your reply.

Regards and thank you for your time.


Charlu (author) from Florida on January 03, 2016:

Hi Heather

I think that was definitely a little much but it's okay. At this point I would give him a good bath and let his skin have a break. He may be allergic to something such as corn gluten, etc. You can put a little coconut oil, but just enough to relieve the dryness. Remember the oil kills the mites, which you have already done now its just getting the hair to grow back and relieve the irritation. If you don't see an improvement guickly take him bach to the vet and he can give him something to help, then we'll start with the oil in food and small amounts if it returns. Once you get a grip on it things will be alot easier. Please email me and let me know how he's doing and thanks for caring so much.


Heather on January 02, 2016:

Hello, I have a 10 month old Doberman that has focal Myasenthia Gravis. We have gone through lots of vet trips and drained our bank account getting him better. He is currently on Mestonin meds. He recently started losing hair and itching constantly. We fear its mange. I thought I'd try home remedies before we go to the vet again. We have been uaing coconut oil but have literally been covering him in it 2-3 times a day :( I feel I am doing it wrong after reading your hub. Should we go to a vet or give it another try with a dawn dishsoap bath and mininal coconut oil? Worried I messed up by using too much...

Charlu (author) from Florida on January 02, 2016:

Hi Sheree

Thank you for your comment and I thimk you will be pleased along with your precious lab.

Have a great new year and good luck .

Sheree on January 01, 2016:

Hello Charlu

So happy I came across your hub. I am from Australia and can't wait to try this on my lab as she has suffered skin sensitivy issues on and off and from my research looks likely she has some mange.

Thank you and look forward to seeing her joy of relief.

Charlu (author) from Florida on November 22, 2015:

No problem, and thank you for your comment. Please let me know how they are doing. Thanks


madge on November 14, 2015:

First let me say my Yorkie has always had a terrible flea problem My problem now is my new Chiweenie has mange. She is 3 months old. Going to try this on her & yorkie. Thank you for the info.

Charlu (author) from Florida on February 15, 2015:

Hi Glenda Sorry your experiencing the opposite with you Yorkie but he said his rarely if ever got fleas, (must be nice is what I thought) A vet once told me about the oily skin also deterring fleas. I think it depends on their coat, environment, baths and products, food, etc, etc. Good Luck and thanks for your comment. You also might want to look into a Pest Offense for the house (only one that works that I've tried) and works great in Florida. I got mine at WalMart $22 and no fleas ants etc etc for years. They also have them on Amazon where you can tell the difference in reviews as to how good it works opposed to the others. Have a great day and good luck.

glenda on February 14, 2015:

You said that Yorkies never get fleas and I have experienced the opposite. Mine always has them while my schnauzers never do! I am going to try the coconut oil to treat them. It seams to be a never ending battle in Texas.

Charlu (author) from Florida on January 25, 2015:

Hi Qiana I'm so sorry to hear about Azul and the rough time he's having. I think the coconut oil will work The only thing I can say is you are really going to have to stick with it, and maybe get a couple other cheap things to make sure he doesn't have another episode. The coconut oil works great just don't over do it and if I were you I would get an electric plug in called "Pest Offense" (no other kind they don't work off the electrical system) for your house and some Permethin 10 for your yard. The Pest Offense ($22 at Wal Mart or Amazon) and the Permethin is $7.95 at Tractor Supply and will do my 3 acres, house and dogs if need be at least 10 times. The Pest Offense will kill any fleas, lice and every other kind of bug in your house for years so for me they're both a great investment. The Permethin will get rid of everything in the yard and will make sure Azul doesn't go outside and have more mites get right back on him. Let me know how it goes and you can email me at if you have any other questions or for a few other cheap alternatives. Good Luck and I will keep Azul and you in my prayers.

Qiana on January 25, 2015:

My precious pit/lab rescue Azul is 7 years old and has had demodectic mange his whole life. I've spent thousands of dollars over the years on antibiotics, ivermectin, mitaban dips, immune boosting supps, medicated shampoos and anything else suggested by his vets but I can no longer afford to do so. He's having a tough flare up right now and he's very thin again and losing hair. Do you think he is beyond the point where coconut oil can help? I would love an inexpensive, non toxic remedy for him, especially one with so many other great benefits. Completely healthy he's around 80-90 pounds but right now he is probably around 65. My poor guy. We are at the crossroads because I can't stand to watch him suffer but I can't afford $400 a month for meds. If we can't help him affordably we will have to put him down.

Charlu (author) from Florida on August 08, 2014:

Hi Anna Depending on what type of soap it is and the ingredients it may irritate it. Try the oil first just be careful around the eyes and that no excess drips into her eyes. Make sure she is not out in the sun with the oil on her face or she will BURN!. You should see results within a few days. Don't over due it and make sure to put some in her food as well which will give her some needed antioxidants. Let me know how it goes.

Anna bittner on August 08, 2014:

I hv a chow chow with mange around her face. I will most definitely try the coconut oil with her. I was also wondering. Should I wash the mangy part regularly? And if so should I use a medicated type of shampoo? I was thinking that might irritate the already irritated skin.

Charlu (author) from Florida on June 16, 2014:

Absolutely, and I recommend it. Depending on the size of your dog I would say anywhere from 1/2 tsp to a tsp per day or per feeding. I make my own wet dog food and put it in there so they get it every meal, but start out slow and adjust from there. They will love it and you will be amazed. You know it's funny now I see big dog food companies advertising that they are putting in their foods now lol. I think it's great. Let me know how it goes or if you have any other questions.

Michelle on June 16, 2014:

Charu, can we give this to our dogs orally as well, and if so how much and how often

Charlu (author) from Florida on September 04, 2013:

Hi Sassy I don't know anything about corn oil and using it on dogs. I wouldn't advise it for several reasons, the most important being I don't think would be good for their digestive system. All I know is the coconut oil works wonders and has all the antioxidants in it along with several other things that helps their coat, immune system etc. Good Luck and let me know if you find out anything.

sassy8 on September 04, 2013:

Can I put corn oil on my dog?

Charlu on August 04, 2013:

I know it helps their coat to stay shiny which helps with fleas and eggs, but I really don't know if it works alone. Then again Yorkies rarely get fleas because their skin and fur is so oily and it definitely helps mine. In reference to the smell I haven't really noticed but a good question that I will have to research. Thank you

Gayle on August 04, 2013:

Does taking Coconut oil orally help keep fleas off or does it have to be on their skin? I've also read the oil helps stop them from smelling too doggy.

Charlu on July 29, 2013:

Don't worry about them licking it off, they will love it but not to much. Only let them lick it off each other which is more than enough and not out of the tub they will take the whole thing if you let them and that is WAY to much When you apply it it will absorb pretty fast so don't go crazy. It only takes a thin coat to suffocate the fleas and lice. You kind of have to watch them as to how many times you put it on. For Buster (my dog in the picture) I put a thin coat on daily, but my other dog Angel was more sensitive and I only did it every other day or every three days. You can usually tell because they will start scratching again or be to greasy. If you want email me some pics at charlu56@gmail. Don't worry I've taken in rescues that looked like they were on their last leg so nothing shocks me. Don't worry about to many questions I've been there myself. Let me know how they are doing and have a great day!

MsAshley on July 29, 2013:

Well you wasn't lying when you said they'd have a boost of energy !!!! I focused on the butt area and behind the ears and their belly's. I applied it just about everywhere. They just keep licking themselves, should I stop them from doing that? And also how often should I do this? Sorry for so many questions.

MsAshley on July 29, 2013:

Ok I just purchased the coconut oil and I let them lick the tub and the both loved it !!!! Now do I apply to certain areas or jus rub it all over? I see you said not to thick. I am so nervous I am going to do this wrong. I did get the borax and peroxide for the, but something told me not to use it and then I see your page. So I am going to use it on carpet. I am going to apply it now, but I have to go to work.... Will they be ok for a couple hours? I am going to supervise them for an hour before I have to go... Or should I wait til I get home for the night?

Charlu (author) from Florida on July 29, 2013:

The coconut oil will kill the fleas and relieve the itch. I recommend a nice Dawn bath first. If it is a bad problem use the coconut oil to relieve the itch and kill the fleas first, then a bath a little later . Benadryl will help some with the symptoms but not help at all in relieving the problem, unless they are allergic. Benadryl is for allergies and should be used rarely and with caution.

First let me ask what are you using the Borax and peroxide for? If it is for the dog I plead with you NOT to use it!!! 20 Mule Team Borax is great for flea infestations in carpets etc. but not on the dog and peroxide will dry out the skin and make the itch worse, plus it burns!

Coconut oil after the bath will kill missed fleas, suffocate the lice if it is mange, and sooth the skin. The dog can also lick it without any problems in fact many include a teaspoon a day in their dog food for a bright and shiny coat. Don't over do it or your dog (as with humans) will have a loose bowel. If it is mange, you need to get rid of dog bedding and use something that will kill the lice everywhere or he will be infested again when new eggs hatch. It is the same as when children get lice you have to treat the areas such as bedding etc. Also remember people with very oily hair rarely if ever get lice because they can't survive in their hair :) You can also make a dog bed with cedar shavings (I wrote a hub on it and very easy to do) which will keep the fleas/lice away.

Keep the vet appointment and if I were you would look into another vet. I'm not sure where you are from but if you're near an SPCA check to see if they have a clinic available to the public. Mine is farther away, but the staff and doctors are PHENOMENAL and with a problem like this would never make my dog wait until the 4th.

Good Luck and let me know how it works out.

Ashley on July 28, 2013:


I don't have a vet appointment til August 4th but my doggie is getting miserable. I was told a half tablet of Benadryl can ease some scratching and pain, do you know anything about that? From all the research I've done, mange is what I am coming out with. Only one of my doggies has it but I'm also in process of treating a flea situation. Can I apply the coconut oil as I'm in the process if eliminating the fleas? Or should I wait til the fleas are gone? Also, it's ok for them to lick the area after coconut oil is applied? It's not dangerous or harmful? I just went and bought borax and peroxide today but I might try this first. I will let you know.

Manel on July 11, 2013:

Thank you for sharing this information! Now I can't wait to go to the store and buy some Virgin Coconut Oil for my dog! Hope this one will work for her... She's having mange for almost a month now and I really hate it everytime I see her scratching like there's no tomorrow! :)

Charlu (author) from Florida on June 27, 2013:

Hi Andrea

First let me say thanks for getting a rescue pup:) Second I would keep the oil off his chest until the boils dry up some. Also make sure no to put touch oil where he can't lick it off and maybe every other day if it seems to much. Let me know how he is doing and the results Congrats on your new addition to the family and take care.

Andrea on June 26, 2013:

Hi Charlu,

I applied some coconut oil on my pitbull puppy and his chest broke out in puss-like boils. Keep applying the oil until it ends? He's a rescue puppy who had 3 types of worms (luckily all gone) but I don't want him to go through more suffering :(

Charlu (author) from Florida on May 11, 2013:

You don't have to rinse it off just don't put it on to thick and it will absorb pretty quick. I usually give them a bath every three days

Hayley on May 11, 2013:

I will definitely have to try this. I have a long haired dachshund and he doesn't get many fleas but like you said, one does or for him. He scratches and bites like crazy! So I read that you don't have to melt it to apply but do you rinse it off afterwards? Or does it just seep into the skin? We let him on all the furniture so I just want to make sure there won't be coconut oil everywhere. Thanks for your help!

Charlu (author) from Florida on May 02, 2013:

Hi Blond Logic I used to have a Mastiff years ago and they are such incredible dogs. I am glad you found relief for him with the soap and coconut, I'm definitely going to check it out. I now have fallen in love with coconut milk, water, etc. Thank you for your time and very useful comments. Have an incredible day!

Mary Wickison from USA on May 02, 2013:

This is so interesting. We have a Brazilian Mastiff who had skin problems. He would come up in welts when we washed him with flea shampoo. Finally I used coconut soap on him. This did the trick. Plus, now he eats some coconut and his coat is so much better. Coconut oil I have yet to see here.

This and the fact that he has quite an oily coat has helped.

Until I read this, I never put the two together. Thanks for this.

Charlu (author) from Florida on April 21, 2013:

You don't have to heat it up to apply it, I just put it on straight out of the tub. Well, I put some in a different cup so they don't try to get the whole thing (believe me they will) and I keep the jar from getting dirty. I'm glad you found this hub helpful and your Corgi will love you for it. Take care and let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

Shelby on April 21, 2013:

Ok are you supposed to heat up the oil to make it a liquid or just rub it on straight out of the tub? I just want to make sure my little Corgi gets treated correctly :) thank you SO much for this hub! So helpful!

Charlu (author) from Florida on January 20, 2013:

Hi Dianne

First off let me say so many thanks for rescuing a pup and second don't over do it to much or he may get diarrhea. He should have some instant relief especially from the itching.

Also be careful when changing foods due to some of the problem itching may also be from food allergies. Make sure to give him a bath every few days or if the build up gets to be to much. You don't want to totally clog up the pores/hair follicles for long periods of time.

Once his skin begins to get better and the hair starts to grow back if you have a few spots that still give you problems put a couple drops (2 or 3 MAX) of fresh lime juice in the coconut oil It's also good for age/dark spots on humans

You can also give a teaspoon to tablespoon of raw honey daily in case of allergies (it must be raw honey and also works in humans FYI)

I will say a prayer for you all and please let me know how it goes (you can email me through my profile if you like or comment) Take care and God Bless

Dianne on January 20, 2013:

Thanks so much for sharing this info...we just rescued a pup and spent a couple of hundred dollars getting him good food and supplies and vaccines but in the meantime his mange got terrible. I just smothered him in coconut oil and gave him some to eat. I pray it helps him like it did your dog. He spent all night scratching and he is 10x worse today. We can't afford hundreds more at the vet... :(

Charlu (author) from Florida on December 15, 2012:

Hi Kristie

First let me say thank you for taking the time to let me know that it brought relief to Chloe, and you when it helped her, (it does my heart good and makes writing worth every second). Flea allergies are in my opinion the worst (so frustrating) because no matter what you use when you go outside there's going to be at least one or two, and that's all it takes when your dog is allergic. Just make sure to give her a good bath every few days (no harsh detergents) so her skin can breath Let me know how it goes and thanks again.

Kristie on December 14, 2012:

My Corgi/Sheltie mix has an awful flea allergy. I've tried everything twice and nothing helped for long. Her allergy gets worse every year and lasts longer. This year I've even had to put a cone on her head to prevent her from doing too much damage to get backside. I read this hub and bought that (very large) tub of Lou Ana coconut oil that was mentioned in an earlier comment. First of all, she LOVED the massage while I was applying the oil! She continued to lay on her back for about 5 minutes after I rubbed it on her belly. It's only been about 10 minutes since I've applied it for the first time, but I already notice that she is SO much more relaxed! She's not jumping up and scratching or gnawing. Thank you a thousand times from Chloe and me! Finally some relief!

Charlu (author) from Florida on October 22, 2012:

Hi Lettuce323.

Sorry to hear your pup has mange but I think you both will be thankful for the coconut oil. I now also give a teaspoon of raw honey to two of my dogs for allergies and that also helps a lot. Thanks for stopping by and I hope it does the trick

Lettuce323 on October 22, 2012:

My 9 month old pup just got diagnosed with mange. It's in a few places but I've started using supplements to increase her immune system, continuing the grain free diet and will most definitely add the coconut oil now. Thank you for sharing this great advice! Hopefully, this will help heal her sensitive spots!

Charlu (author) from Florida on October 06, 2012:

It's with the cooking oils, (corn, veg, olive etc.). They now usually carry both the organic (which is better) and the regular.

Ashley on October 06, 2012:

You said you got it at WalMart, but what section of the store?

Charlu (author) from Florida on July 16, 2012:

Hi Pegcole

I'm so happy you like the remedy and I'm sure your German Shepard will appreciate it more than you know, my dogs did. When they start licking it off and come back for more with that look of relief it's pretty amazing. Thank you for taking the time to share and your wonderful comments. Please let me know how it works and take care.

Charlu (author) from Florida on July 16, 2012:

Hi ignugent17

It is a terrible thing to deal with when you have a pet with it and I am so grateful for finding coconut oil. Thank you so much for your valuable time, comments and votes and have an incredible day

ignugent17 on July 16, 2012:

It is my first time to hear mange and it is interesting to know that coconut oil is really helpful to cure the skin allergies of your pet. This is a very useful hub. Thanks for sharing Charlu. voted up !

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 16, 2012:

I'm so glad to have read your article today and will definitely give this remedy a try. Our twelve year old German Shepherd mix started having hair loss and intense itching over the last year. After a couple of trips to the vet for unsuccessful alergy shots and an extensive expensive blood workup she was still miserable and nearly bald on her sides. We have found major relief after changing her food from the Purina Smart stuff but she is still bald in her armpits. The coconut oil sounds like a good idea. I'll be giving this a try. Thanks so much.

Charlu (author) from Florida on July 16, 2012:

Hi vespawoolf I am glad you will make use of this wonderful remedy. I am a coconut oil freak now and the dogs absolutely love it. They see the container and want to lick it clean. I give it to them in their food now and sometimes use it on their skin if it gets irritated and it is wonderful. I also use it for me. Thanks for stopping by, your wonderful comments, and sharing. Have an incredible day.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on July 16, 2012:

Wow, I'm really happy to know about this! Mange is very common here in Peru and people usually do the burnt oil trick to cure it. Coconut oil is even healthy for the dog, so this will be my new go-to remedy. Thanks so much! Voted up and shared.

Charlu (author) from Florida on June 10, 2011:

Hi Memories I wish I had known about it sooner I would have saved lots of time and money. I also wouldn't have 11 puppies that are getting very big already, but everything happens for a reason and I love them. I think border collies are just awesome dogs. I had one about 35 years ago and she was one of the best dogs ever. Thanks for your for your time and your comments and take care.

Memories1932 on June 10, 2011:

What a great hub. We give our Border collie coconut oil and his coat his so soft and super shiny. He has never had any skin problems. Take care.

marellen on June 10, 2011:

Charlu...glad you let me know where to get this. I will buy some today and let you know. ?

Charlu (author) from Florida on June 10, 2011:

Thanks Eiddwen I hope you didn't mind my linking to your hub I just thought it was great along with it's where I got the idea from Thanks for your time and comments that mean so much. Talk to you soon

Eiddwen from Wales on June 10, 2011:

A great hub Charlu and I hope that many will benefit from reading it.

Mange is such a horrid condition and the poor animals must suffer a great deal.

Thanks for sharing this one.

Take care


Charlu (author) from Florida on June 10, 2011:

Hi Mary Try it and let me know how it works on your cat. I am truly amazed by this stuff. At Wal Mart the LouAna is around $5.00. Thanks for stopping by and your comments and votes are always appreciated more than you know. Take care and talk to you soon.

Charlu (author) from Florida on June 10, 2011:

Hi Diana I have never had one with it either until now. Some friends told me to get rid of her but I could never do that she's like family now Stinker the skunk and family are amazingly friendly and no sprays yet. Thanks for your time, wonderful comments, and votes. Take care and have an incredible day

marellen on June 09, 2011: cat is starting to have some sensitivity on his back and is constandly licking that area. I will buy some of this oil and give it a try. Thanks for the great and informative hub.

Diana Owens from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA on June 09, 2011:

Hi Charlu,

Great Hub. I've never had a dog with mange...YET...but I take in so many strays, you just never know who may come along next time around!

Thank you for sharing this valuable info with the rest of us. (:

Voted UP, useful and awesome

may peace be in your heart...always,


P.S. I LOVE the beautiful, adorable skunk in your video. (:

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