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Saturday, 27 October 2007


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ken hodgson

very good article. comprehensive..I am a Veterinarian, and I too had scabies while at MSU. Anyone that contacted this dog became infected. I also developed a sensitivity like a skin test. While at MSU, if the clinicians suspected a case of Sarcoptes, they would drag me out of class, I wouLd rub the dog's head and ears with my forearm and break out in a rash, a positive for scabies...haha,,,KL Hodgson DVM


thank you for the article. My dogs were treated last year for mange and I noticed a sick fox in my yard this week. Just spoke to the vet on our corner who is willing and happy to help me treat it!

Betty Bate

We are feeding a Doe with 2 fawns, the Doe looks like she has the mange. Could i mixed Ivermectin with her food? If so, what would the dosage be? Your website has been very helpful. Betty

Alex B

Please try to treat the fox in its own habitat. Most often, animals taken to a rehabilitation place are killed and in most cases it is not just because the animals can't be helped. there are state laws on common animals etc...Be careful..the best thing to do is follow the above instructions and let the fox recover and go on its merry way.

Anita Asche

Will the oral ivermectin for horses in .2 ml concentration work on a fox?

Lyn Swanson

I did everything that you advised for our Fox, she is a different Fox now. Its been 6 weeks, she is eating, NOT SCRATCHING. Love it. Thank you. And thanks Tractor Supply.

Marita Pearo

Hi I have a fox who is in bad shape,I have the Ivermectin but undiluted.I thought if 1ml of Ivermectin to 9ml water would give me the 1 % and then give him the 0.2 ml dossage. Is that save for him.Thx


Would .10 cc ivermectin harm an opossum, raccoon or barred owl if they ate the egg or chicken leg by mistake?
Answer: No

Wanda Browning

I bought the ivomec because there was a fox in the back yard that has mange. While I cook dinner on the grill she sits at the edge of the woods as if she is waiting for dinner.
The vet said give 2 ml ivomec for three days and in two weeks repeat. My problem is, I did not know she had 5 kits. So the day I started injecting the hot dogs with the meds the kits got the hot dogs. After about 5 days I only see the mother and one kit. Do you think 2 ml would kill the baby kits. The kits are a little more than half the size of their mother. Thanks you.....

Reply: Hi!
In response to your question, YES! 2 ml will kill the kits, and the momma and any other animal that eats it pretty much. I am hoping that you did not really put 2 ml of ivermectin in food and put it outside. The proper dose is 0.2 ml , only a tiny drop. So, the appropriate, safe amount is half of a half of one ML.

Then, give it EVERY THREE DAYS (example : Mon. Thurs. Sun, Not three days in a row) for three weeks, then every 5 days for 3-4 weeks after that. Then every 10 days for a few weeks after that..

What you can do in a case like this, where there are pups, is put 0.1 ml in each of 5 small pieces of hotdog and scatter it around the den area.
Let me know if you have any more questions :)

andi bauer

Appreciate your website.... local wildlife rescue says that mange is self-limiting in fox this time of year but the poor fellow I have living in my neighborhood looks so sick and uncomfortable!-- I can't imagine not doing something to help.... Will try injecting ivermectin into an egg since I feed feral cats, raccoons and other outdoor critters -- If you have any additional suggestions, please share.... Poor fox was on my deck this morning going after the cat food -- he hardly showed himself all season so I was surprised to see him in such rough shape.... must be miserable. Thanks again


Our town has an outbreak of mange in our local coyotes. We have been tracking one, located where he beds during the day, and baited it. He took bait for several days, and now no one has seen him. There's a lot of info on the treatment, but we are now wondering what to expect directly after, to know if we've been successful. Can getting the treatment change their behavior or patterns quickly? He had a pretty regular schedule, and now, no sign of him.


Thank goodness I came upon this information. There's a poor hairless fellow hanging around my work. Animal Control just wanted to shoot him! I just put out a plate of dog food laced with Ivermectin. I pray I have helped him in time! Thank you so very much for putting this information out.

Marg Wood

I have been given 3 frozen mice injected with ivermetin from Sandy pines wildlife centre.
to treat a very small red fox pup with mange.1 a week for 3 weeks.I gave her/him 1 today. What does the first dose do and how long would it take to see an improvement? Thank you.


I just wanted to say thanks for such valuable information. I have a short success story for you, all thanks to the information I got here. We have a fox friend who has visited us since fall of 2011. In the spring of 2012 I noticed he was starting to look strange, weird scaly patches on his ears, hair falling in clumps from his body, puffy face and legs. I started searching the internet and ran across your site. I waited a little longer to be sure it was mange, sure enough it was. His tail looked like a rat's tail - long and skinny and no hair at all. I have pictures to send you if you'd like some before/during/ and after treatment. I gave him your recommended dosages for the entire time you suggested. I am happy to report he is almost back to normal now and the hair on his tail is full again. He even suprised us by showing us his new family of 3 kits and his wife (who are all very skittish). A million thank yous. It makes my heart smile to know our fox friend is able to see his offspring grow up and we are able to watch him play with his kits.

Jill Jackson

Can't thank you enough for this information! We have several foxes that travel across our property, and last week saw this unbelivably sad creature, unrecognizable as a red fox. Fortunately armed with info from your website we began a program of ivermectin in dose and timing you suggest. Hard boiled eggs seem the best tactic for the ivermectin dosage - crows/jays etc don't cart off the egg and we know a fox got the dose. Understanding their inability to hunt effectively with advanced mange, we instituted a daily feeding with plenty of kibble, canned dog food and fresh water at 2 feed stations to make sure there's enough for our variable fox population. Such a simple and humane approach! We are truly grateful to be able to help our little mangey fox tackle this horrible infestation. After a week she already looks better and more robust, although seeing how bad she looks now, even with her red coat growing back in, helps us understand how bad off she initially was and how far she's come. Heart felt thanks!

Ronald Liss

Why can't Durvet Ivermectin 1.87% be used on foxes. If I am careful with the amount I use will this be acceptable.
thanks, Ron

Ronald Liss

Why can,t I use the Durvet Ivermectin Paste (1.87%) mixed with cat food?
You can try that, though there may be palatability issues with pastes. let me know how it works

ellen levine

i have a fox with moderate mange that i am trying to give the ivermectin to, a local vet gave me 3 doses one per week, in the hopes i can trap him in that time and will take him to a wildlife rehab about 2 hours away.
i have the first dose in a ball of raw beef and kippers, on top of raw chicken and some dry cat food which he has been eating for the last couple of weeks,it is placed on a dish at the entrance of an open ended racoon cage. it has now been there for 24 hours.
i have crows squirrels woodpeckers and bluejasy and other small wildlife as well as a stray cat, i put peanuts and dry cat food out eveyday and he has been eating it during the day.
how can i get this fox to eat and not poison any other creature. how can i trap him?
i am so worried about her, it is a miserable death, i live in eastern canada where we still have 2 more months of winter.
she has classic mange signs, mussle ears tail and haunches and eyes but still lots of fur on belly and back and legs,
any advise on feeding trapping would be greatly appreciated.
but if i can get the medicine in to her i would even consider doing it weekly till she improves
thank you
Comment From Elise: The Ivermectin is very safe and won't "poison" any other creature. Drizzle the ivermectin on the food you are feeding the fox. But, you need more Ivermectin than the vet gave you. Put it on the food every three days for at least 3 weeks. that way, if something else eats the food on a few days, the fox will still be getting what it needs. to clear up the condition. Foxes are very wary and difficult to get in a box trap. Keep your trap set, but also keep feeding and medicating the fox


please help , my 14 yr old collie has contacted sarcoptic mange has been treated but is now covered in a yeasty skin infection and my vet really is unhelpful , i am desperate and she is close to being put to sleep , am heart broken , the derbishire fox rescue have sent medicine through the post but i feel it may be too late please help . ps i live in the uk, thank you.


Hi i'm worried about a small mangy fox in my garden. i live in the UK and can't find ivermectin but can get ivomec for cattle- is this the same stuff?
Many thanks

Melanie Tilghman


I wanted to thank you for the information you posted on this site, and for assisting me in helping our local fox. When I first started treated the fox, it was totally devoid of fur. It has been over 10 weeks, and through careful administration of the ivermectin, our fox, his wife and young child now all are beginning to grow fur coats once more. They are more difficult to catch sight of these days at the feeding station, as the healthier they get, the stealthier they appear to become as well. We are delighted that we have been able to help this young family become healthier, and that they will all have fur once more before winter.

Once again, thanks so much for your shared information, supplier information, and for taking time out of your hectic schedule to answer my initial questions. The only question I have remaining is whether these foxes are now dependent on us for their regular meals (they come nightly), as it would help as far as dog food bag planning (they love the chicken and rice Pro Plan kibble)?

Though I have been unable to catch a picture of the family once again growing their fur, I do have pics of the original "naked" fox should you desire to see how he started out with us.

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The Ivermectin would be a good wormer for the cats. It wont hurt them at all

Elise Able

East Concord, NY


Will Ivermectin harm the stray cats that I also feed. We've watched the fox's health deteriorate rapidly. It doesn't even look like a fox anymore. It almost looks blind. I wish I could catch it to have it put down. It breaks my heart.


There are no foxes or coyotes where I live, but instead of people calling them "chupacabra's", they should be trying to treat the mange in these native animals. Why let an epidemic like this kill innocent creatures when locals or any rangers can try to help rehabilitate them.


Thanks so much for this article. I know of at least one fox who lives in the cemetery where I walk my dogs, and is displaying classic signs of mange. Thanks to this article, I have ordered the ivermectin and am in the process of cooking chicken livers to medicate and leave out in a place only the foxes can access. One question, though: can ivermectin be toxic to foxes with heartworm, or is this a chance one should take? Anyways, I really appreciate all of the information. I will do my best to get pictures.

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