Ivermectin will kill mange in dogs, cats, guinea pigs, horses, goats and several other animals.
It has proven to be an effective solution both in the diagnosis and treatment of mange caused by scabies mites, also known as sarcoptic mites in farm animals and pets.
Although new in the world of mange treatment, Ivermectin has shown to be highly effective in eliminating mange in cats and dogs, a contagious skin disease that causes extreme discomfort, consistent itching, hair loss and secondary infections.
However, Ivermectin may not be the ideal solution for every dog. There are plenty of safer alternatives out there.
Ivermectin For Dog Mange Treatment
For demodectic or sarcoptic mange in animals, the proper ratio is 1/10 cc per every 10 lbs.
Or 1 cc per 100 lbs.
In other words, if your cat, goat, sheep, cat or dog weighs 100 lbs, you would give, 1 cc.
If the animal weighs 50 lbs you would give 1/2 cc or .50 or .5 ,
They all mean the same thing.
What Worms does Ivermectin Kill in Dogs?
Ivermectin in dogs kill the most common intestinal worms (except tapeworms), most mites, and some lice.
Ivermectin for Dogs Side Effects
Some dogs may exhibit side effecrs such as:
- stomach upset,
- dilated pupils,
- unsteadiness when walking, or a dazed demeanor
What about Demodectic Mange Treatment with Ivermectin?
Some dog breeds have a tendency to catch demodectic mange than others. PITS, and other bully breeds have shown to be particularly victims of this skin issue.
A lot of puppies I have seen typically outgrow it when as their immune system matures – lots of vet will tell you this.
Here is a homemade recipe that is safe and works:
Try this: 2 cups 3% (not 1%) Hydrogen peroxide + 1/4 cup Borax.
The peroxide eats the wax off the pores (the mange seal themselves in). And the Borax will kill them. Apply this mixture over the entire body–even in the ears (or use ear mite medicine), every 2-4 days. You will notice a difference in hair growth in a week. The redness will fade, the itching will ease, and the hair will start to grow back.
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Ivermectin Dosage for Sarcoptic Mange
The dosage for sarcoptic mange is 0.27% ivermectin solution. This is formulated for grower and feeder pigs. 1/10th of a cc for every 2lbs of dog weight.
Ivermectin will fight off demodex, and sarcoptic mange. Our vet prescribes .2cc per 10# of body weight once every 24 hours, every day for 60 day for demodex, or for sarcoptic once a day everyday for a month.
Ivermectin Dosage for Small Animals such as Cats, Pigs, etc.
Extra caution should be put in place when administering to animals that weigh only 10 pounds.
The dosage for 10 pounds animals would be one-tenth of a millimeter (or one-tenth of a cc).
A 30-pound dog would get three-tenths of a cc.
A 50-pound dog would get a half of a cc.
You have to use a needle and syringe to remove from the vile of ivomec. And the syringe clearly shows the markings.
Watch your pet for symptoms such as lethargy, no appetite, tremors. Otherwise, ivermectin is safe to use for demodex mange and sarcoptic mange.
Ivermectin for Guinea Pig
Multiplying a pigs weight in kilos by 0.05 will yield the right dose.
The doses for pigs of the following weights will give you something to tell if you are in the ballpark.
- 1000 grams = 1.0 kilo — 0.05 cc
- 1250 grams = 1.25 kilo — 0.0625 cc
- 1500 grams = 1.5 kilo — 0.075 cc
- 2000 grams = 2.0 kilo — 0.1 cc
Characteristics of Mange that May Lead to Misdiagnosis
Mange can be mistaken for Allergic dermatitis because they are both signaled by intense itching (pruritis), hair loss, patches of crusty skin, and self-mutilation as a result of consistent scratching.
Also, taking skin scrapings, while effective in detecting several skin parasites, like ear mites, is not really effective in detecting sarcoptic mites since there things are microscopic and very elusive.
Two Methods of testing for Mange in Dogs, Including Using Ivermectin
The first way to detect scabies in animals, especially dogs is to perform Pedal-Pinna Reflex test.
To test, grasp the ear flap or pinna, using your thumb and forefinger and scratch on the underside, to see if a dog reflexively begins a scratching motion with the back leg.
Dogs without a scabies infection will hardly if ever exhibit this behavior. Dogs with scabies mites in the skin almost certainly will.
A second way to test for scabies in animals is to administer ivermectin to dogs to see if they mange symptoms will stop.
Ivermectin Used Safely Can Kill Scabies Mites in Dogs
Because Ivermectin has not yet been approved by the Federal Drug Administration as a treatment for scabies in dogs, your vet will need your consent to prescribe it to your dog. At the same time, you should know that Ivermectin is used routinely as a safe and effective de-wormer for livestock. Moreover, it is the active ingredient in heartworm preventatives given to pets. Due to its growing reputation as an effective treatment for scabies in dogs, many veterinarians are beginning to add it to their traditional arsenal containing chemical dips and sprays. The key to making sure Ivermectin is safe for your dog is to administer the correct dosage. Follow your vet’s instructions to the letter if your dog is taking Ivermectin, for an overdose of Ivermectin can be fatal.
When Ivermectin May Not Be Safe for Your Breed of Dog
Some breeds of herding dogs suffer a genetic mutation, MDR1, which makes them unable to safely absorb ivermectin into their system.
A dog with this condition given Ivermectin will suffer severe neurological symptoms if given Ivermectin, or even death.
MDR1 has been identified in Collies, Shelties, Australian Shepherds, Old English Sheepdogs, German Shepherds, Long-haired Whippets, Silken Windhounds, among several mixed breeds as well.
Fortunately, your vet can order a test involving a simple cheek scraping to determine if your dog can take Ivermectin safely or not. Moreover, your vet can prescribe new and effective topical treatments for scabies instead of Ivermectin.