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[Paws & Awws] C'mon People, Motor Oil DOES NOT Cure Mange!

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Handed down for generations, a common "old school method" to cure dog mange is the use of motor oil. You heard me right! Motor Oil!!!

Sadly, this is what one pet-parent recently tried on his 2 year old Wheaten/Terrier Mix, Caylie, who had been suffering from mange. Instead of curing the mange, Caylie suffered severe burns all over her body. Once the pet-parent realized the hot motor oil was causing more damage to the dog's skin, he decided that in the best interest of the dog, it was time to surrender her to a rescue group.

Caylie is undergoing intense rehabilitation for her burns and must be sedated three times a week to have her bandages changed. Until she is cured of the mange and her skin is healed, she will continue being taken care of at the rescue group. According to the staff at the rescue organization, Caylie will be an easy adoption because she "has a great disposition."

The pet-parent is not being charged with animal cruelty because it is believed that he wasn't doing this as an act of abuse but as an ill-conceived form of treatment.

Home Remedies and Common Sense

First and foremost, I cannot say this strong enough; DO NOT USE MOTOR OIL ON YOUR DOG EVER! Using motor oil as a means of killing mange is an old-wives tale that has yet to be universally debunked. When searching on the Internet, I discovered that this "treatment" is still recommended in 2013!

The Internet is a "wealth of information." But, should we really believe everything we read? When looking for a home remedy treatment, please take extra time to research the information. If the source in regards to the treatment sounds indifferent, dangerous, or unreliable - please apply common sense here. Prior to any type of treatment, please consult with a vet first.

Depending on the severity of mange, you may want to consider a more natural approach. You could use a skin remedy to help heal the skin and products like cider oil or olive oil to assist in killing the mites. The best recommendation is to visit a holistic vet to help you cure the mange naturally.

What do you think of using an "old school method" such as Motor Oil to cure mange or any other condition? Do you think the pet-parent should have been prosecuted? Has your dog suffered from mange? If yes, what type of treatments have you tried?


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