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Mitaban Dip (Amitraz)

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What is Mitaban Dip (Amitraz)?

Mitaban Dip is used in dogs for the treatment of generalized demodicosis (mange), a skin disease caused by a small mite not visible to the naked eye. Mitaban Dip requires a prescription from your veterinarian.



  • Relieves your dog of skin irritations associated with mange
  • The only FDA-approved drug for this disease
How it Works:

Mitaban Dip contains Amitraz, an antiparasitic drug which kills mites.


Avoid handling pets immediately after treatment. Mitaban Dip is also a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). Humans taking MAOIs need to be cautious when handling Mitaban Dip. It should not be given to pets taking another MAOI such as Anipryl, Selegiline or using a Preventic Tick Collar. Consult your veterinarian about other possible precautions you should take while using Mitaban Dip on your dog.

Brand Name:

Mitaban Liquid Concentrate

Generic Name:

Amitraz (am-e'-traz)

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before applying Mitaban Dip to my pet:

Mitaban Dip should not be used if the pet is taking another MAOI such as Anipryl or selegiline or meperidine. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is diabetic or has any other medical conditions. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

What is the most important information I should know about Mitaban Dip:

Mitaban Dip is a prescription medication FDA approved for veterinary use on dogs. Mitaban Dip must be diluted prior to use. Mitaban Dip is a Monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) and should not be used on pets being given any other MAOI. Use rubber gloves when mixing Mitaban Dip with water and when treating the pet. Humans taking MAOI medications such as Parnate, Nardil or selegiline or who are diabetic should not administer this medication.

What should I avoid while applying Mitaban Dip on my pet:

Mitaban Dip may cause short term sleepiness in treated animals. Treated animals should not be subjected to stress for a period of at least 24 hours after treatment. Keep the dog dry between treatments. Do not use Mitaban Dip on pets using another MAOI. Do not use on pets that are diabetic. Do not use on dogs less than 4 months of age. Humans should wear rubber gloves when mixing and apply Mitaban Dip. Humans taking MAOI's or who are diabetic should not administer this medication.

What are the possible side effects of Mitaban Dip:

If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Mitaban Dip and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips, tongue or face; hives), a severe headache, restlessness, agitation, or irritability, sweating, convulsions, uncontrollable or irregular movements. Other less serious side effects may occur. Continue giving Mitaban Dip and talk to your veterinarian if your pet develops dizziness or drowsiness, nausea, abdominal pain or diarrhea, insomnia, mild confusion, agitation or anxiety, dry mouth. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.

What other drugs will affect Mitaban Dip:

Before giving Mitaban Dip tell your veterinarian if your pet is also taking fluoxetine or meperidine or if your pet is using Preventic Collar. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines.

Where can I get more information:

Your pharmacist has additional information about Mitaban Dip written for health professionals that you may read.

How to Use
  • Mitaban Dip is a prescription medication used on dogs for the generalized treatment of demodectic mange. Do not use on cats.
  • Mitaban Dip is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOi). Tell your veterinarian about any other medications you are giving your pet, including the use of Preventic Collar. Humans taking a MAOi such as Nardil, Parnate, or Selegiline, or who are diabetic should not administer this medication.
  • Mitaban Dip must be diluted with warm water before using.

Use rubber gloves when mixing Mitaban Dip with water and when treating the pet.

Dogs: (over 4 months of age)
All weights
Prior to the first treatment, clip medium or long haired dogs. Bathe the dog with mild soap and water, then towel dry the pet. To treat the dog, prepare the treatment by mixing the contents of one 10.6ml bottle of Mitaban Dip with two gallons of warm water. For large dogs it may be necessary to mix two bottles of Mitaban Dip with four gallons of water. Thoroughly wet the entire dog with a freshly-prepared treatment. Do not rinse or towel dry. Allow the pet to air dry. Do not get any treatment in the pet's eyes. Do not use the water mixture on more than one dog
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Store at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.

Mitaban Dip :
Active Ingredient
Other Ingredients: Xylol, propylene oxide, and a blend of alky benzene sulfonates and exthoxylated polyethers.
Customer Reviews
Mitaban Dip (Amitraz) is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Wonders! My husband and I adopted our first puppy together from a local animal shelter. The poor things had tons of problems, among them demodectic mange. I was skeptical when my husband was explaining to me what all we needed to do to treat our new puppy, but after just one treatment, she started looking much better. After her 3rd, you can't tell she ever had mange. Yes, the product smells bad, but our dog hasn't suffered any adverse reactions, and she is much healthier than when we first got her!
Date published: 2011-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Max is doing great We adopted Max almost 3 years ago, he was badly abused and in terrible condition. Max spent 3 weeks with the Vet and had been diagnosed with Demodectic Mange. We were told to treat him with Ivomec injections. Not trusting the advise I did some research and found that he should have been put on Mitaban not Ivomec. Keeping a long story short we have only dipped Max once and it has already made a huge improvement. Thank you Pet Meds You are the Best.
Date published: 2010-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Isabella has had only one dip so far. She has a very delicate system so we have to take it slow with her. The amount used for her is broken down into very small portions as to not overwhelm her system. She shows great results on the top of her head. The day after her dip is the must watch carefully day. She sleeps alot and is very hot as the infection comes out of her body. It works very well but just remember every dog is different with the help from your vet and you observing your pet find what works best for your pet. They are all different!!! That what makes them special.
Date published: 2010-02-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mitaban Dip use on my puppy Our pug puppy Cholo was diagnosed with mange 2 weeks ago, we used the Mitaban dip for the first time last week. However after reading all the reviews and the warning from our vet about the very dangerous side effects we were scared. We mixed the medicine w/ the 2 gallons of water as instructed and the smell is intoxicating, stronger than gasoline!! We could not bring ourselves to cover him in this stuff and instead I used cotton balls to wipe him down with the medicine, concentrating on the really bad areas. So far it seems to be working, the spots have dried up considerably. We have continued to give him regular baths with his medicated shampoo and cleaning his wrinkles with Witch Hazel. Good Luck!!
Date published: 2009-11-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from mitaban dip my dog jellybean had generalized mange since she was 12 weeks first we didnt mind all the spots she had and by the time we took her to the vet her infection was really bad.we put her on the mitaban dip and she was fine the first 2 doses.a day after her 3rd dip she had an allergic reaction that we ended up taking her to the per ER (which is not cheap).the ER vet told us to discontinue the medication right away and so we did and her spots just went away.anyway after a month it flared up again and we took her for a check up.our vet prescribed oral ivermectin which we gave daily in tapered doses.a month after religiously giving her the medication she was fine.she's been on it for the past 3 months and her coat is much improved like she never had it.from time to time she would have a tiny patch on her back but it goes away.we spent a lot of time effort and money in managing her condition.i guess she always had a weak immune system.we never figured out what triggers her stress reactions but we try to provied her needs.she is a happy dog and even when she was really sick she never showed it.we luv her dearly and we're willing to do everything to make her better.
Date published: 2008-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from mini chihuahua first of all if your dog has demodectic mange it has it for life. it is a blood disorder. you can treat the problem but the dog will always have the problem. all dogs and cats and all animals with fur have the mange mite but only animal with compromised imune systems come down with the demodectic mange. sometimes if they have it when they are young it is called juvenile demodectic mange and it can be treated one time and never come back some dogs will be affected for life and have to be treated with meds regurarly. this is why you should make sure you can see the parents of a dog before you buy a puppy, it is a blood dosorder, it is passed down from the parents. if the parents have demodectic mange the puppy will. sometimes if they are imbreed they will develop the disorder. i found all this out when i bought a dog of f a lady and she turned out to have the mange. i had bought a male mini chihuahua off her first and he is fine and healthy. then we decided we wanted another puppy and she told me she had a mini long haired female chihuahua and would sell her. we went and got her on the spare of the moment, she did not mention her parents and we didnt ask. she is a very submisive dog, she acts like she is scared of everything. she has always slept with me and during the day if she can she will lay in my lap she didnt play with our other three dogs. then when she was eight months old she started losing her hair around her face and got red bumps all over her, i took her to the vet and they told me she had demodectic mange. i did a lot of research since. i was in hopes she would only have the juvenile mange but she has broke out again. it helps to have your animal spaid or nuertered. but if they get stressed or scared they can break out again. and niki is such a submissive dog everything stresses her.
Date published: 2008-10-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from My mini dotson had demodex mange..on the day of the 6th dip he was fine..but the next day I got up let him out...and like every other day after he comes back inside we would lay on the couch. Well I fell asleep and so did he..I woke up to this LOUD sound. When I looked at my dog there was a small amount of a terd coming out and he jumped down and fell over..I started to cry..I didn't know what to do he acted so drunk...I called my mom and as I was about half way to the vet I remembered that they weren't open on Thursdays..I called the emergency number and after about 10 minutes the vet called me back and told me to rinse him off and to give him a bath afterwards, and to continue my regular dipping day..well needless to say it did clear up but I didn't dip him no more..I was to scared of losing my dog..he is my best friend and keeps me company when my husband is out of town.
Date published: 2008-08-18
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How many treatments do they need? How many did you guys use?

Asked by: iasha
Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the treatment, contact your veterinarian. Dips are generally repeated every 14 days for 3-6 treatments. It will be necessary for your veterinarian to perform several skin scrapings during the course of therapy to determine how many treatments your pet will need.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-04

If my dog has open bleeding scabs & wounds from mange can I still dip her with amitraz?

Asked by: Anonymous
Please ask your veterinarian to answer that question for the utmost in safety for your pet.
Answered by: Linda petmeds pharmacist
Date published: 2016-09-11

How long do you have to wait to give a bath , my poor baby stinks terrible

Asked by: Anonymous
Thank you for your question. You can give a bath once the complete treatment of Mitaban has been used as directed by the vet.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2014-11-04

Can I use Mitaban dip on nursing dog?

I am fostering a 3 year old cattle dog mix with 6, two week old puppies. Can I use this dip on her? She has demodex mange
Asked by: Anonymous
You must ask a veterinarian before using on a pregnant or nursing dog
Answered by: Linda petmeds pharmacist
Date published: 2017-01-27

If you have another dog should it be treated also

I have another dog in my house along with this one that has been diagnotised with this. Can she cat it for the dog that is infected. Also I am a Diabetic should I be applying this to the dogs
Asked by: Anonymous
No, you do not need to treat other pets as demodex mites are NOT transferable. It is on every pet, it is the immune system is not killing them off as they should.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2016-02-19

Collie puppy

I have a collie puppy that is 7 months old, I was told collie's can not be treated with some meds for the mange that it could have bad side affects and possible kill my puppy, this is not a border collie, it is a lassie type collie, he weighs around 60 pounds. The vet has been giving us a medicine used for the fleas, it did look some better but is getting worse now. Our vet is still trying to find out what is safe to use on collies, his mange is mostly on his legs and up above his eyes and under his chin, the vet tested to see which kind of mange he has and it is demodectic mange, please give me an answer as soon as possible, Thank you
Asked by: Anonymous
It is important that your pet maintain good health and keep its immune sytem working at its best. You can help your pet by feeding a good brand of dog food, making sure the pet is parasite and worm free, and keeping vaccines up to date. Your veterinarian will determine the best medicine based on the type of demodectic mange that your pet has. You can ask your veterinarian about a prescription for Mitiban dip.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2016-02-20

What is the difference between dermodemic mange and sarcoptic Mange ?

Asked by: Anonymous
Demodectic mange is caused by Demodex canis, a type of mite that is usually only a problem for the pet when the immune system can't keep the mites under control. Puppies and elderly dogs are more susceptible to this type since they can have weaker immune systems. Sarcoptic mange, also called Scabies, is caused by a different mite, Sarcoptes scablei canis. This type of mite burrows into the skin and lays eggs. This causes the pet to itch, which makes them scratch and lick themselves. This can lead to crusting and sometimes infection. Sarcoptic mange can be contagious, so the pet should be kept away from other animals.The diagnosis can be made by your veterinarian and the treatment will depend on which type the pet has. Sarcoptic mange can be contagious, so the pet should be kept away from other animals.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2017-03-18

Can this product cause neurological issues in dogs with allergies to it?

We recently had our 6mth old puppies dipped and they both had a nasty allergic reaction. One of them has started acting very weird since the allergy was diagnosed and the treatment removed--keep in mind that he had no issues prior to the dip--could this be a side effect due to the allergy or something else?
Asked by: Anonymous
An allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips, tongue or face; hives) can occur with this medication. Side effects that can occur may include a severe headache, restlessness, agitation, or irritability, sweating, convulsions, uncontrollable or irregular movements. Other less serious side effects may occur such as dizziness or drowsiness, nausea, abdominal pain or diarrhea, insomnia, mild confusion, agitation or anxiety, dry mouth.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2013-10-22
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