Mange problems can cause damaged hair follicles and lead to hair loss. Dogs that are suffered from mange problems may have bald patches that do not heal fast. Mange itself is a battle to treat and therefore, may cause major hair loss. Some dogs might even lose their entire fur after a mange infestation. To be worse, this infection is more common in puppies compared to adult dogs. Puppies do not have mature immune system, so that healing mange is often very difficult and takes a lot of time, efforts, and medications.
How to regrow dog fur after mange?
In order to regrow dog fur after mange infestation, you need to make sure that the infection has been fully healed. In many cases, mange causes major damage to dog’s skin and tissues that they lose entire fur. Dog’s fur is not going to grow back if the infestation is still there. Therefore, make sure you have eliminated the underlying cases in order to get back your dog’s healthy fur.
To get rid of mange, generally these are some steps you might want to perform:
- Perform a general cleaning over things your infected dog has used or has contact with, such as the toys, bedding, and collar. It is very important, since mange eggs may infest these things and bring the problem back to your dog.
- Isolate the infected dog from other dogs and humans while treating the infesting mange with topical or oral medications prescribed by a vet.
Once you see improvements on the affected skin area, you might notice fur growth eventually. In most mange infestation cases, dog fur grows back after the infection is fully treated. However, there are some remedies you can perform in order to boost the process, such as:
- Improving your dog’s diet. Some foods are rich in omega 3, which is essential in skin cell regeneration. Feeding your dog with salmon can improve their immune system and speed up skin cell regeneration to improve hair growth.
- Applying virgin coconut oil onto the affected skin area might also improve the conditions. Coconut oil is a potent antibacterial that will eliminate infesting mange and thus, promote faster hair growth.
- Performing medication bathing will also help eliminating causal mites and other allergic problems beneath dog’s skin, which are essential for fur growth. Bathing your dog with warm water that has been added with some drops of apple cider vinegar will not only kill infesting mite and bacteria, but also trigger fur re-growth.
- Applying tea tree oil after this medication bath also promote faster hair growth, as this essential oil kills bacteria beneath the skin, as well as eliminate inflammation.
The most important thing to promote fur growth after mange infestation is by preventing re-infestation. Mange re-infestation delays healing by causing another hair follicle damage. In order to prevent mange re-infestation, it is crucial to improve dog’s immune system, as well as proper isolation. If your adult dog is suffering from mange, it is very important to perform preventing actions to the puppies, so that they do not inherit the problem from the mother. It is also important to keep their living environment clean and sterile at all time. Washing dog’s toys and bedding with hot water may also be helpful.