FAQ's

Our most common questions are answered in this section.
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  • General Questions

    Why did my dog get mange? I thought only dogs that were not well cared for got mange.
    The notion of a bedraggled mangy mutt is a common misconception. Mange is caused by mites and any dog can get them, even pampered well-kept pets.

    Demodectic Mange can not be caught. It is not contagious. Your dog developed this condition. The mites were always there and the dog’s immune system normally keeps them under control. But if the immune system is naturally weak or something compromise it, the mites take over and turn things into a dangerous infestation. 

    Sarcoptic mange is caught. But not through anything you did. These mites are contagions, aggressive and highly mobile flesh eaters. It's been reported that they can jump 6 feet! They are easily transferred by casual contact with an infected animal, human or wildlife host or by proximity contact in a contaminated environment such as a wildlife prone area, groomer, dog park, etc. 

    Does Mite Avenge work on all types of dog mites?
    Yes. Mite Avenge was originally designed to cure Sarcoptic mange (dog scabies) but it is highly effective for Demodectic mange mites too. However, the treatment plan for each type of mange mite variesd greatly.

    How long does it take for Mite Avenge to work?
    Mite Avenge starts working the minute it hits your pet’s skin. Our system is designed to eliminate mites quickly and help healing begin right away. Dogs with Demodectic mange generally feel progressively better after each treatment. Sarcoptic mange sufferers usually have a radical turnaround within a day. 

    The system is designed to kill mites and break the life cycle of a colony. To do this, the treatment period for Sarcoptic mites is generally 3 weeks of weekly treatments (four for advanced cases), while Demodectic mites generally need at least 6 weeks of treatment (advanced, deeply embedded or long-standing infestations may take longer). This is comparable to the treatment times of most veterinary chemical treatments but it’s a heckuva lot cheaper.

    Can I buy Mite Avenge in a store near me?
    Our products are only available through our online stores.

    How long does shipping take?
    We ship through the U.S. Postal Service. USPS Priority Mail typically takes 2-3 business days to get to U.S. locations. Please note: while Priority Mail is pretty darn fast, the Postal Service does not guarantee a particular delivery date. 

    You can also opt for Priority EXPRESS shipping which takes 1-2 days. Guaranteed delivery dates are only available with Priority EXPRESS.

    My dog seemed to get better but then the mites came back.
    If your pet got better, that is a sign the product was working. In situations where there is recurrence, one of several things has happened. 

    • Some owners don’t follow the product instructions or treatment schedule as directed. If the product is not applied as directed, treatment is discontinued when improvement is seen, or the prescribed treatment schedule is interrupted, the mite’s reproductive cycle isn’t broken and colonies can become re-established.
    • There is a chance that your pet is visiting another place or animal where there are mite mites and becoming reinfested. It is VERY important to decontaminate the environment if your pet is suffering with Sarcoptic mange mites.
    • Treatment was stopped too soon. There is no reliable way to positively know if your pet has mites or when they’re gone. (Skin scrapings are notoriously unreliable.) Sarcoptic mites can generally be dispatched in 3-4 weeks but Demodex mites are more complicated. They are burrowed deeper and more protected. Killing them is somewhat like peeling off the layers of an onion. This is actually a positive process for several reasons, namely a much lower risk of die-off effect problems and it buys you time to build up your dog’s immune system so she can maintain a normal mite population once you stop killing the mites on her behalf.
    • There was insufficient immune system repair. Demodex mites take over when a dog has a weak immune system. Mite Avenge can kill off the overpopulation, but unless the immune system is strong enough to keep the population in check, they’ll rebound quickly. Immune systems aren’t rebuilt overnight so you should take measures to rebuild it as soon as possible
    • Your pet didn’t have mites. There may have been improvement because of Mite Avenge’s many healing properties but the root problem flared up after treatment stopped. Some skin conditions can appear similar to a mite infestation.

    Do I need a prescription to order Mite Avenge?
    No. Anyone can order Mite Avenge without a prescription. From our personal experience and reports from many customers, it is more effective and much gentler than the standard veterinary treatments. 

    Mite Avenge is not intended to replace veterinary care. You should always consult with your vet if your pet is ill.

    You preach immune support a lot. How do I do that?
    We do. It's the secret sauce for beating Demodex. It's a complicated disease but at the bottom of every case is an immune system problem. Sadly vets usually don’t share that there’s far more to beating the disease than most people realize. Treating naturally with an integrated holistic program is your best shot at getting it under control and keeping it that way. Mite Avenge is fabulous for killing mites but getting rid of Demodectic mange and keep it gone is aggressive immune support. We have a section of 5 short pages that explains the mess that's going on behind the scenes inside your dog. The introduction starts here. Follow the links at the bottom of each page to navigate from page to page and become an immune system expert. You'll find relevant product recommendations at the bottom of the respective Immune Pillar pages. 

    Any ideas for reducing yeast on my dog?
    Yeast is now your enemy. It is the mites’ primary food supply; it attacks the immune system, causes painful irritation, odor, infection and loads of other problems. Yeast must be attacked from both the inside and out. Diluted povidone iodine wipe-downs and paw dunks daily (twice a day in advanced cases) are the best form of external de-yeasting. Detailed instructions on these easy procedures are available on the povidone iodine page in our online store. Internal yeast management includes digestive tract restoration, and anti-fungal supplements and anti-yeast foods. More in-depth information can be found under yeast page under the Immune Pillars tab on our website.

    To attack topical yeast from the outside, perform povidone iodine wipe-downs at least once a day.  This procedure is the best way to send surface yeast packing. It also has the nifty side-benefit of being antimicrobial and that helps avoid or mitigate secondary skin infection problems.

    What should I feed my dog?
    We know a lot about killing mites and that diet and immunity are important factors in recovery and long-term remission. We try to help people understand the importance of immune support and that grains, fillers, carbs and poor nutrition are danger zones but we are not nutritionists. Ethically we cannot make specific brand recommendations or endorse third-party products.

    Another reason is there is no one perfect food for every dog. You have to do the homework to select what’s best for you. We have a great blog post that covers selecting a dog food. It has guidelines and resources to help you make the best decision for you and your pet. If you are concerned about what you are putting into your pet, you probably read this.

    Help! I'm using Mite Avenge but my dog is ________! (fill in the blank)
    It’s hard when you go it alone and you don’t know what’s going on. You try your best but still question whether you’re doing the right thing. It feels even worse when you don’t know what’s happening with your dog, which can be pretty scary. Our blog post “What to Expect When Treating Mange” will definitely help you.

    Can I use Mite Avenge with spot-on flea treatments?
    Sure. It is safe to use Mite Avenge in conjunction with flea & tick treatments like K9 Advantix, Revolution, Frontline, Frontline Plus, Pet Armor, etc. Consult the product literature inside the flea treatment package for instructions on how long to leave it on before the product becomes waterproof and the dog can be bathed. (Generally 48 hours) After that, it’s safe to use Mite Avenge on your pet.

    Can I shampoo my dog in between treatments?
    By all means! It is helpful to wash your dog frequently, preferably with a Benzoyl Peroxide shampoo. It can make your dog more comfortable plus it helps keep tunnels, pores & follicles open. Benzoyl Peroxide shampoo can remove toxic dead mites, reduce the number of live mites, lower the risk of secondary infection and limit breakouts. For best results use this technique. When Demodectic mites are the problem, this special shampoo is indispensable because when used repeatedly, it is the only thing known to clear out the sebum and waste that protect the deeply burrowed mites.

    How soon after applying Mite Avenge can I wash my dog?
    When shampooing in between treatments, wait 24 hours after you’ve applied Mite Avenge.

    Can I brush my dog after I've used Mite Avenge?
    Oh yes! You should brush your dog daily. It is best to brush before doing the treatment. This helps remove loose hair, flakes and detritus that could interfere with the treatment. If you wish to brush afterwards, wait until the Mite Avenge is completely dry.

    Can Mite Avenge be used with other mite treatments?
    Absolutely. Mite Avenge is a natural non-toxic treatment that is used on your dog so it does not interfere with medications that go in your dog. Customers often use them at the same time to accelerate results. Mite Avenge is safe enough to use immediately after a course of Ivermectin if the dog is still suffering or treatment was abandoned due to reactions or side effects.

    What is the difference between your multi-packs for Sarcoptic and Demodectic mites?
    All Mite Avenge multi-packs contain the same product. They are sold in different sizes because Sarcoptic and Demodectic mites have different treatment plans. Sarcoptic mites are relatively easier to kill; Demodex have entirely different patterns and take longer.

    What are these treats? My dog loves them!
    Those aren’t just any treats, they're the treat we've been feeding our own dogs for years. We send our favorite fur friends premium organic, grain free Wet Noses treats so you can spoil them with a healthy reward after their treatment. We use the peas & carrots variety because it is the best pre-made treat we know of for dogs with Demodectic mange.

    They have only 5 human-grade organic ingredients (pea flour, molasses, carrot puree, crushed peanuts & canola oil), contain higher levels of protein than treats with grains, are a good source for most essential amino acids, have a low Glycemic Index and contain Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids. If you like them you can get more here. (And no, we don’t get anything for plugging them other than knowing we’re helping you do the best by your dog. We have pay for them and receive nothing from the manufacturer.)

    Can your product be used on humans?
    Mite Avenge is labeled “not intended for human use”.
    If you have Sarcoptic mites, also known as Scabies, avoid close contact with other animals and humans to avoid spreading the parasite. If you can ignore them, the Sarcoptic mites on you will go away on their own in about two weeks. Sarcoptic mites are considered self-limiting because they cannot reproduce on humans and will die off without establishing a colony. If you can't ignore them, your doctor can prescribe a treatment that will kill them.

    Can I use this on my cat?
    No. They metabolize things differently; cats may have an adverse reaction to some of the natural oils in the product. Felines have a high risk of toxicity to essential oils that can be fatal. Mite Avenge is only recommended for dogs. We do not make a cat product.

  • Non-U.S. Orders

    Are your products available in my country?
    No. Our products are only available online through this website.

    Can I buy your products if I live outside of the U.S. or Canada?
    We do not ship internationally. We ship only to addresses in the U.S., Canada, U.S. Territories and APO stations.  However it is still possible to get our products delivered to you in your county if you want to arrange the logistics. Here is how to buy our products if you live outside of the U.S. or Canada.

    1. Arrange with someone in the U.S. to forward your order to you or locate a parcel forwarding service with a U.S. address that ships to your country. (For example, this service is one of many that can help our friends in Australia.)
    2. Make your purchase in our online store using a Paypal account or US credit card.
    3. Enter the forwarding services U.S. address as the shipping address during the checkout process.
    4. We'll ship your order and send a tracking number within one business day 

    How much does this method cost?

    • We match our US shipping policy! Orders over $6 sent through any forwarder with a United States address are FREE OF CHARGE. Orders under $60 are sent for $7.95.
    • Any other fees, taxes and/or duty (if any) are not included in our pricing75

    How much is shipping to Canada:

    • Shipping to Canada: $45 for orders up to $400 (USPS Priority Mail)
    • Border fees, taxes and/or duty, if any, are not included in our pricing.
    • Delivery times are typically around 2 weeks due to customs processing, however specific dates cannot be estimated or guaranteed.
  • Ingredients

    What's in your Mite Avenge product?
    Mite Avenge’s rich proprietary formula of natural ingredients includes Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove, Dihydrogen Dioxide, Disodium Tetraborate, Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Karanja Seed, Lemon, Lavender, Neem, Peppermint, Polysorbate 20, Purified Water, Rosemary, Sea Kelp, Styrax Benzoin, Vitamin E & tender loving care.

    What's in your Flush & Kill shampoo?
    Flush and Kill contains 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide, 1% Micronized Sulfur, 1% Salicylic Acid, Cypress, Cedarwood, Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavender, and Tea Tree Essential Oils, Natural Coconut Based Lathering Agent, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate with Ethanol, Propylene Glycol, Preservative, Proprietary Polymer, Purified Water and the intent of mite massacre.

    What's in your Speed Heal?
    Making Speed Heal takes about 6 months. We slow infuse Sweet Almond Oil with Comfrey and Prunella Vulgaris (Heal All), then add in Karanja Oil, Neem Oil, Essential Oils of Lavender, Mint, Rosemary, Vitamin E and powerful healing thoughts.

    What's in No Itch Spritz?
    This is the only alcohol free anti-itch product for dogs in the world. It can't possibly burn irritated skin the way alcohol-based products can. We blend Alcohol-free Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera, Clove, Lavender, Peppermint and Tea Tree Oils, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Purified Water, Polysorbate 20 with our best wishes for health.

    What's in Marshmallow Mange Mud? 
    The ingredients say it all! Allantoin, Concentrated Aloe Vera Juice, Beeswax, Calendula, Cetyl Alcohol, Comfrey Root, Disodium Tetraborate, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Grapeseed Oil, Marshmallow Root, Neem Oil, Neem Powder, Vegetable-based Polysorbate, Vegetable Glycerin, Yellow Dock, Essential Oils of Cedarwood, Citronella, Clove, Cypress, Lemongrass, Lavender 40/42, Lavender and Tea Tree, plus vivid visions of a healthy dog.

    Won't the oils hurt my dogs skin?
    We are all about making happy dogs, not unhappy ones. We only use therapeutic grade or higher ingredients that are safe on dogs and have a specific purpose. When Mite Avenge’s concentrated solution and packet of powdered ingredients are mixed into the right amount of water, its 16 active ingredients react together to make a powerful all natural treatment that assaults mite mites and helps your pet heal quickly.

    Aren’t all natural mange products variations of the same thing?
    No. Not even close. The mange products we’ve tested vary wildly. Some are based on oils that can be found in the varnish aisle at the hardware store, but they can still be called natural ingredients.

    Many natural products use sulfur, which smells terrible to you and your dog. Some natural products throw in impressive sounding filler ingredients that don’t do much of anything. Others haven’t done their homework and use ingredient that can be harmful to dogs such as Tea Tree Oil. Mite Avenge is the most comprehensive natural mange treatment available.
    Our holistic approach covers all the bases. No other treatment does as much.

  • Application Questions

    How do I use Mite Avenge?
    Mix. Apply. Repeat for the recommended treatment period for the type of mange your dog has. It’s so easy.

    The concentrated solution and the activator powder are already formulated in the right proportions – just mix with water, shake, and apply to a wet dog. When you purchase a full kit, we give you the mixing bottle/applicator and a special applicator mitt FREE! 

    The mites are only in a couple places; can I spot treat my dog? 
    Mites are mobile, so we recommend treating the whole animal several times to get rouge mites and flush out any developing areas that have not yet built up to a point where they show obvious symptoms. Spot treating in lieu of full body treatments should only be done if no new signs of mange are present after 6 consecutive full body treatments. After that if you do spot treatments, the whole body should still be treated at least once a week. When you open up their hideouts with benzoyl peroxide shampoo then start assaulting them, they get stirred up. They instinctively try to find safer territory, creating what we call mite migration, These mites can move up to an inch a day so treating the whole body at least weekly helps limit their spread.

    There are often patches where mange is not evident. Sometimes a follicle or pore can have mites building up but their aren't enough to cause outward symptoms yet. (The lack of symptoms does not ensure there are no mites in an area.) Very often treating the whole body will reveal latent patches of mites in areas you thought were unaffected. If you only spot treat, you may miss these. However, spot treatments are fine between your regular Mite Avenge treatments. This is a particularly good idea for areas with heavy infestations.

    How do I treat around my dog's eyes?
    Facial mange is a common problem with Demodectic mange. Even if your dog's face is fine at this time, read on. Mites instinctively migrate when under assault. If they aren’t already on the face, there is a risk of mites spreading there. You can’t ignore the eye area because they certainly won’t.

    When treating with Mite Avenge, be sure to cover every millimeter of your pooch’s skin including the face. Below are several ideas our customers have provided from the front lines.

    • You can ensure safety by using protective eye drops. Protective eye drops are sterile, ophthalmic grade mineral oil that forms a protective barrier that keeps any liquid that gets into the eye from making contact with the delicate tissue inside the eye. We carry Eye Safe eye drops which are formulated just for pets and areare painless and odorless. Their protective shield will protect your dog's eyes for about 10 minutes. For maximum protection, the drops should be applied prior to shampooing and again prior to applying Mite Avenge. Simply place one drop in the inside corner of each eye prior to bathing with benzoyl shampoo and again before applying Mite Avenge.
    • Another solution a resourceful customer came up with is to apply a thin line of petroleum jelly along the eyelids. She said this re-directs excess solution, forcing it to trickle around the eye.
    • Of course, the third method is just to apply Mite Avenge deeply into the skin, carefully using dog’s eyelids using a cotton swab, gauze pad or cotton ball. Use extreme caution when applying anything close to the eyes but use enough Mite Avenge to saturate the skin completely. Then keep blotting it in, keeping your choice of applicator saturated. 

    Never use the large applicator mitt to apply Mite Avenge to facial areas. It is too big to provide the control you need. Careful application with cotton, gauze or similar is a safer option.  Work as close in as you’re comfortable.

    The ideal follow-up is to apply Marshmallow Mange Mud at least twice a day when symptoms of mite activity are present. One of the applications should be later in the evening as mites are more active after dark. Because Mange Mud is thicker, dripping into the eyes is not an issue so protective eye drops are usually not required. 

    Does my dog need to be wet when applying Mite Avenge?
    Mite Avenge is applied to a wet animal. It flows better and ensures more of the product gets to its destination instead of saturating the hair. 

    Do I need to shampoo my dog first?
    The dog just needs to be wet. Shampooing is not a requirement but it is helpful, especially if you use Benzoyl Peroxide shampoo. Here's the inside scoop on how to do it properly.

    Benzoyl Peroxide shampoo is a deep cleansing shampoo that is almost essential in treating Demodex mites because they live in the follicles and pores where protect themselves with oily sebum and waste. This must be flushed out or treatment with any topical product will be less effective. Benzoyl Peroxide Shampoo is helpful for Sarcoptic mites too because it’s a deep cleansing shampoo. It softens the skin and flushes debris from the mite tunnels before applying Mite Avenge, and helps clear dead mites on subsequent treatments.

    My dog is small. Do I have to use the whole bottle?
    We always recommend treating the whole dog to limit mite migration, but even then some dogs just don’t need 24 ounces. Mix the whole bottle. Use every drop you need to thoroughly saturate the dog and work the product in really deep, then set the applicator bottle aside and complete the treatment process. Mite Avenge will degrade rapidly if exposed to the wrong conditions so proper storage is critical. Store remaining solution in a dark place at room temperature. Avoid extreme temperature changes such as refrigeration or outdoor areas where temperatures fluctuate. Do not warm leftover solution to a temperature greater than 100º F. (essentially no warmer than a baby’s bottle.) Correctly stored solution should remain viable for 7–10 days.

    It's too cold outside to go for a walk afterwards. Now what?
    Mite Avenge’s maximum killing power is when it’s wet and it’s going to stay wet in the tunnels & follicles longer if allowed to air dry. 
    The reason we recommend going for a walk after treatment is to distract the dog from licking it off and to provide a positive reward after a treatment. An indoor play session works well too. You can also kennel or have the dog relax in a warm room or near a space heater, have the dog rest on an electric blanket, bundle in a loose blanket, put on a breathable sweater, snuggle closely, etc. in extremely cold conditions. Get creative. Just do not force dry your dog or use heat over 100°.

    Should I cut my dog's hair?
    Mite Avenge must be worked deep beneath the skin where the mites burrow. 
    To make that easier and to ensure more of the product gets to its destination instead of saturating the hair, we recommend a close trim. This also minimizes moisture retention that feeds the natural yeast present on the skin. This is helpful because yeast is the primary food source for Demodex, the most common type of mange mite. 

    If it's so good why do I have to keep putting it on every week?
    Unlike toxic pesticides that stay in your dog and poison mites from the inside, Mite Avenge is all natural and kills mites on contact when it drenches them. When dry it leaves behind a wealth of essential oils to help with healing but it must be re-applied until the adults mites are dead and applications must continue until all of the eggs have hatched to make sure the colony is wiped out.