Mitaban Dip Treatments for Demodectic Mange

Mitaban dip is currently the most effective treatment for demodectic mange. Demodectic mange can be hard to treat, because the mites live on your dog's skin normally, and only become a problem if your dog's immune system becomes compromised. Here's what you need to know about treating demodectic mange with Mitaban dip.

Mitaban Dip Use and Effectiveness

Mitaban dip is effective in 75-80% of demodectic mange cases. Your pet should receive a medicated bath prior to the dip, to open his follicles. Mitaban is a powerful drug and may cause side effects including:

  • Drowsiness
  • Wobbly gait
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Collapse

Your vet should apply the Mitaban dip at the clinic and keep your dog for observation for at least one day.

Most dogs need five to eight treatments at one-week intervals. Your vet may give one or two additional dips after your dog's mites are gone, to ensure that they are all really dead.

Complimentary Treatment for Immune System

Your vet may want to address your pet's immune system problems with complementary treatment. Your dog may need a change of diet, and vitamin supplements. Antibiotics may be indicated if your dog has contracted a secondary skin infection. If your dog is geriatric, your vet may want to evaluate his metabolic functions.

Other Demodectic Mange Treatment Options

Puppies who contract demodectic mange have a 90% chance of full recovery as their immune systems develop. Older dogs may need a great deal of treatment to address underlying immune system issues. For those who do not respond to the Mitaban dip, or for whom the dip is too dangerous, Ivermectin can be used to treat demodectic mange.