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Saturday, 27 October 2007


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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.

Christine O'Keefe

I can't seem to find the .27% solution on the Jeffers website - just a 1% solution. Am I reading this incorrectly? If you can let me know exactly which product I should buy for treating our foxes, I'd appreciate it! And thank you so much for your website! Great to know someone cares and offers a solution other than having the animals shot!

LInda Izett

A mother fox was killed on my road in May in Berwyn, PA. My neighbor and I have been feeding the six babies for 3 months. We have used ivermectin on all of them with success but our runt still has mange. The other 5 are hunting and just having a snack with us. We hope they will disperse in the fall. We are going to try to up the dosage of ivermectin in hopes of curing our last one who is still small, mangy, and very dependent on us.

LInda Izett

A mother fox was killed on my road in May in Berwyn, PA. My neighbor and I have been feeding the six babies for 3 months. We have used ivermectin on all of them with success but our runt still has mange. The other 5 are hunting and just having a snack with us. We hope they will disperse in the fall. We are going to try to up the dosage of ivermectin in hopes of curing our last one who is still small, mangy, and very dependent on us.

Linda Baker

I am just beginning an Ivermectin treatment for some mange infested fox which are frequenting my yard. What is the likelihood of the rabbits and birds and (me?) contracting this mite from the fox being in the yard?
Thank you for the great info in your website. Without it I would not know what to do for these suffering animals.

James crawford

I live on a farm in Michigan and have a fox den under a barn the a mother and three kits the mother had mange some guy spotted her and came to the house and said I had to shoot her I told him to leave her alone the S.O.B must have came back and shot her skined her and through her pelt in my driveway Iam just sick its A fruit farming area and fox are beneficial well there are still three kits I fed them some dog food is this the right thing to do what should I do I whish I got that guys plate number when he pulled out of my driveway Iam very angry I never seen him before In my life thats crazy I guess my question is will it be alright to feed them and if so should I put a half dose of Ivermetin In food

Bob in Boston

This is great. My in-laws have a family of foxes near their house in the Rocky Foothills (Colorado). A number of the foxes have developed mange, hopefully this will help them if we can get the treatment going. They are such beautiful animals, a shame to see them go sick and suffer. Thanks again!

cson johnson

thank you for this detailed information. we have had fox with mange on our property and yes, being a rabies vector species no one wants to trap and get them to rehab, just euthanize. we have been treating our fox with ivomec injected into a hard boiled egg and she has no problem accepting the snack. we set up a "feeding station" of sorts (raised up off the ground) and though we have no positive results yet, i will be looking for them.

Nicole Macleod

I have a fox as well in my yard and it comes very close to my kids and everything around here. I can see that she is in trouble. As a human i feel it is my job to help out, and so that what i have done. I called for help for the fox. Now I'm waiting for the help!!

Gary Morgan

Thanks so much for the info. on ivermectin, I just got back from tractor supply and have put out a plate for a very sad looking red fox with a pretty bare looking tail. I am not sure how long I should do this for and would appreciate it if someone could advise me. Thanks, Gary.

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