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Saturday, 27 October 2007


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Rob Wilson

I have a mangy fox in our yard that I thought I would treat. I see the 0.2 ml ivermectin advice but not the frequency. On another site, I saw a recommended treatment of once a week for 5-6 weeks. Is that right?

Wendy Graziani

We have a fox on our farm that definielty has Sarcoptes. I am a vet so we are going to treat it with Ivermectin. Thank you for your article, it was very helpful.

Dr. Wendy Graziani
Friendsville, TN

Bob Russell

We have fox that come around our bird feeders, chase squirrels, etc. Saw one of them today and his tail was completely void of fir and his rump was balding.

Is this mange or did he get in a fight?

I guess i didn't get much time to study him but he looked generally "mangy" I guess I was wondering if it could be rabies.

Thanks for your time.

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How nice!

Thank you! I am so happy for your fox that she found someone compassionate to help her through that mange! Thank you very much!!!!!

Any photos of her?


Elise Able

East Concord, NY

Steve Glovinsky

I thought you would be pleased to hear about a success story, following your instructions – We have a fox den on our property in Westport CT – a real “foxhole”, dug out under an old stone wall in the woods about 50 yards from the house that’s only visible in the winter. In early spring last year we saw a red fox there, feeding a goose to her two kits. Then in late October I saw her a few times running by the house, but most of the fur on her hind quarters and tail was gone. Having spent many years in developing countries, it was easy to recognize as mange, which was confirmed when a neighbor mentioned seeing a hairless fox on the road near his house. The local wildlife shelter said they don’t treat foxes because they are rabies vectors, and I should call the DEP who will shoot it. A relative who’s a vet said that she was not allowed to give me advice without a wildlife rehabilitation license. So I googled “red fox mange”, and here I was. I ordered the Ivermectin and needles from Jeffers Livestock, and when it came I put it in dog food in a bowl and put it in the den in the evening. Next morning it was gone - and so was our bowl. So I switched to paper plates and continued the treatment… I followed the feeding schedule, but as it got colder I added some untreated food in between, since I figured that she would be in no shape to hunt without a coat. Over this time we didn’t see her at all, but the food got eaten. Then in the first snowfall, around Christmas, I checked for prints, and they were there. Last week, with the treatment done, we saw her come out of the den, looking fit, with her fur short but growing back, and off she went….

So many thanks for your advice; it is nice to know there’s a place to go to for help…


I have begun folowing your advice ... i am hopeful it will work

Jeramie Dreyfuss

I use the Ivermectin 12 oz powder and can promise that it works. I keep running out because I give it to everyone here in Idaho because if fish and game had their way all red foxes would die from mange. It is so sad. Sometimes you think they are healthy and they come close and their eyes are almost sealed shut. I treat with the powder one week in a row then every three weeks to kill any eggs that reinfect or hatch. Hair all growing back, eyes open. I mix it with a can of dog food on top of dry food and always put out clean water. They love eggs and always put out 8 eggs every night. Nutrition alone will not save them from mange. Only Ivermectin can do it. Please treat these poor babies. The death is a terrible one. We can save them. I have saved foxes that looked like it was too late.

Tina Farnsworth

Thank you for this info. We had a fox on our deck one day and then came out from under our deck the next. It ran fairly quickly from our home, so I was not able to get a good look. At first sight, I did not think it was a red fox since it did not have its red furry coat and a skinny tail. Just today, I came face to face with it in our driveway as I went out to the car. I got a good look this time and it was a red fox (the tip of the tail was white). The poor thing looks horrible, and since it has been lurking around our house, I am assuming that it has mange. I think I may call my vet to see if she can do something. Thanks again for the info.

Peggy Bashline

I cannot thank you enough for this invaluable information. I was crushed to discover my pal behind the fence developing what looks like a crusty muzzle. When I noticed his eyes appeared sleepy about three weeks ago, I had suspicions .... until I googled 'sleepy eyes red fox' and found your article. Maybe I will be able to save this magnificent sweetheart.

I still worry about the spread of disease ... for me, my husband, my dog and cat .... who relish the back yard??? Presently, we're very healthy with good immune systems I suppose, but we would like more info regarding just how possible it might be to become infected. What scenarios might put us at risk? Should we avoid rolling/sitting on our lawn? Are wet lawns more dangerous? Does cold weather kill the mites? Will the other foxes in the area likely contract this disease from the infected fox? I have noticed they do not come close him as of late, as if he is being shunned. It is all so painful to watch. I must see the sick one well and happy again, playing with his buds.

Details, Details, Please. Thank You So Very Much!!!


Don Drysdale

We were woken up the other night by horrible screams. I thought they were human screams of a women but my wife said it was an animal. The neighbours tell us it is a fox with mange however I didn't read any remarks confirming this as one of the symptoms.


I have a fox neighbor who most definitely appears to have mange. Little or no coat (including tail) and he sits out in the cul de sac scratching himself and rubbing his back on the asphalt. I've ordered the Ivermectin. He spends much time in the drainage gulley under our driveway so that is where I will leave dogfood with the added medication. (I'm hoping no other animals, esp cats, will get at the food since it seems to be his home when the weather is not wet and rainy - hopefully the cats avoid the fox scent.) I'll let you know if there is any improvement!


Thank you so much for this information. We have had red foxes living around our house for years. Late this spring, my husband observed one of the pair scavenging around the base of our bird feeders for crumbs of suet. She/he had an obvious case of early-stage sarcoptic mange (severe hair loss on rear quarters and around neck). Our initial research indicated that our only recourse would be to put the poor animal out of its misery, which we didn't have the heart to do. Fortunately, we found your site, ordered Ivermectin through the mail and began treating it aggressively.

When we spotted the fox again last week, s/he looked completely healthy, happy and cured. Her/his coat was again full and glossy. We are at the phase-out stage of treatment, and should be completely finished in two weeks.

Thank you so much for the information on your site. With your help, we have saved this magnificent creature's life.


Hello. Although the dates on your website are fairly old, I found the information very helpful as long as I'm able to get the ivermectin. I have a fox that has been around all winter and his coat is very scruffy now and he's scratching a lot. I thought he might just be losing his winter coat, but he's very thin and his hair is falling off very rapidly. I have 2 dogs that are walked in the same area so I need to prevent them from catching it, if that's what he's got. He has a family somewhere around as well but they would be hard to treat since he's the only one that comes. But thanks for the information. I am going to see if I can help him and also keep my dogs safe.

Sally Bee

We have a red fox in our farmyard that shows many of the signs you mention ... but NO itching or scratching. However, she is shedding a LOT of winter hair on hindquarters and is quite thin ... she is feeding kits under one of our sheds so we thought that might account for some of her thinness and hair loss. (We haven't seen a male around ... only the one adult.) We have been putting some food out for her. Her haunches seem almost bare but checking her with binoculars the hair is there, just very short. So ... to you think it's mange? If it isn't, would giving her Ivermectin anyhow be bad? She shows no fear of us.


We are trying to determine if the fox in our yard actually has mange. His tail is almost hairless but the rest of him seems okay, just scruffy, and he's a little skinny. No abnormal behavior, though, just comes through the yard every evening. Could anyone tell me if this is likely to be mange? I'd love to start the Ivermectin but only if it's worth it...


Hi I work at a small town bank in Maine we have a red fox around that has only lost hair on its tail but just the middle it looks like a poodle cut! The game warden "is to busy" to come put a trap out! How would we know if it is mange or rabies? He is very brave and is around town in main street often. I was driving home the other night and he had a cat in his mouth! What do you suggest we do? Thank you So much

jane evenson

We have a fox that has been coming by for a couple of years. We were gone for a wk., and returned to find it's tail looking as if it had been twisted, about half way up the length. The fox seemed less, not more friendly. Could this be mange?

Chris Smith

In the UK, we have found it easiest to order ivermectin from (who also provide the tiny syringes required).

cathy pilla

We have been feeding a red fox with the mange for sometime. We have been trying to trap it so we could bring it to an animal rescue facility for treatment; however, unsuccessful. I read your article and I felt hopeful that I could help the animal. I thought I could contact my veternarian and ask for Ivermectin. I explained the reason and they would not allow me to get the Ivermectin because it is a prescription and would need to see the animal. As you know that would be impossible. So my question is there any way I could get that medication. The animal is really in poor conditon. He is eating and drinking but looks awful and is scratching constantly. I want to give him relief Your help in this matter would be very much appreciated.

From Elise: Ivermectin is not a perscription product. You can easily buy it at Tractor Supply Co stores and online from catalogs such as Jeffers. I have modified my original post to reflect this as many people have asked me where to get it.


Thank you SO much for posting this! I had two red fox in my yard, and they were so beautiful at the start of summer. Lately I've only seen one at a time, and just a quick glimpse. It walked through my front yard in the middle of the day today, and I saw that it had mange REALLY bad. I am going to see if I can get some of this and put it out for him/her. Hopefully I have caught it in time. I'm concerned, as it has very little hair left. Just a tuft on the back of it's tail, and not much on it's body. Poor baby.

Elaine Randle


Marcus von Weigert

I've been treating my pack of California Coyote buddies with Ivermectin, following this information, since the beginning of December.

This has really worked miracles and probably saved the little Moon Dogs' lives. They are growing their hair back and the big red, infected looking, sores all over them have healed - they are returning to the happy, healthy, handsome looking animals they were before they caught this terrible affliction.

I haven't been able to get any good photos of them yet, and since they are feeling better they seem to be getting more shy and reclusive again - only 3 of the 8 or so coyoets that come here on a regular basis generally show up during daylight any more (the rest come after dark), and of those only 1 still lets me get fairly close to him.

I've been mixing dry and canned dog food together, putting a pretty good size pile on each of about dinner plates I use for this purpose, and then mixing .4 cc of the injectable ivermectin into each plate full. Each time I put this food out, I put out about 10 to 14 plates full over the course of the evening and night, to try to ensure that everybody gets one.

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