We are often asked a series of questions regarding our treatment methods for mange,
below is a summary of these issues which will help you better understand the way
that we approach the problem.
Just why is it that the homeopathic remedy that we send out works in 99% of all cases,
considering that the remedy doesn’t kill the mange mite?
Why is it that Sarcoptic Mange doesn’t pass from one fox to another as easily as
we are led to believe?
Why is it that a fox suffering badly from Sarcoptic Mange can actually be killed
rather than cured with conventional medicine?
Why does veterinary treatment often either not prevent re-infestation or does nothing
for the condition or go undiagnosed or wrongly diagnosed?
Firstly, to discover how the homeopathic remedy (Arsenicum alb & Sulphur 30c) we
send out works we need to know what it actually does to the animal. Well the answer
lays in the fact that it treats the skin. With this in mind it’s obviously a fair
assumption to believe that the skin must have originally been in poor condition to
allow the mange mite to successfully breed. With the results of the skin scrapes
and blood tests we feel that one of the main reasons that foxes suffer from mange
is because of the individual diet of the animal - like people, they are what they
eat. The foxes we deal with are predominately town or city orientated, and whilst
it is suggested that the town fox’s diet doesn’t differ greatly from that of their
country cousins the major difference we feel is in the scavenged items consumed by
A country fox eating a rabbit will not only eat the rabbit, but also what the rabbit
has eaten as well. The meat will not only be fresh but also the fox will be taking
essential vitamins and minerals by eating the liver, heart etc. In addition the extra
vitamins and roughage will come in the form of what the rabbit has also eaten. In
comparison the town fox’s diet consists greatly of food hand outs and items scavenged
from well known take away outfits. Whilst the town foxes may be eating the same amount
of food as that of the country fox the difference in the quality of food is great.
Within our research with blood and skin scrapings we have found many things in common
and that is that the secondary infections setting in as a result of mange are usually
all vitamin deficiency related.
We feel the homeopathic remedy improves the skin condition making it virtually impossible
for the mange mites to continue their life cycle.
We also feel that stress has a major effect on individual animals and this is why
one fox could get Sarcoptic mange and its mate remains mange-free. It’s also possible
that given the fact that the dominant foxes within a group will always take preference
within good feeding sites. Therefore the submissive foxes could be surviving on the
remains. We also feel that if a fox or dog is suffering from other complaints i.e.
eczema then this animal is more likely to contract mange than others.
When a fox is brought into us suffering from at least 70% hair loss no conventional
mange treatment is given until the fox is stabilised. We believe that a fox given
Ivomectin when suffering badly with mange will actually be more likely to die than
be cured. If one imagines for one moment how many mites must be feeding off the fox
and how much toxins each individual mite has in its body we can then assume that
an injection that is likely to kill all mites will possibly overload the foxes body
with toxins that it just can not cope with.