Last Modified on May 22, 2014
First of all, what in the world is "walking dandruff?" Is that the same thing as the regular dandruff that we as humans deal with? Well, walking dandruff is not the same thing that humans get. Although it presents similar symptoms, the cause is entirely a different one.
Walking dandruff is usually most evident along the back and flanks of the animal and just like our dandruff, will appear dry and flaky, but the animal may or may not scratch the affected area. The reason it is referred to as walking dandruff is because the condition is actually caused by a Cheyletiella mite. Although you would not be able to see the mite with the naked eye, it is possible that when you look at the affected areas of the animal's skin, the dandruff may appear to be moving. Mites moving around under the scales will cause the dandruff to move.
Walking dandruff is contracted by those animals who come into contact with other affected animals. Multiple pet homes should be careful when handling the affected animal and should closely examine other pets in the home, including dogs, cats and rabbits to determine whether or not they too have the same mite infestation. Sensible hygiene practices should be put into place and infected animals separated from those unaffected ones to prevent further spread of the problem.
In order to kill the parasites and rid your pet of the problem, administer an oral homeopathic treatment of Symphytum and Helleborus.
[YEA] 01/26/2008: Kathy from Polk City, FL: "vet took a scrapping and called them a mite- others call it walking dandruff. I washed them first in a aloe/oatmeal shampoo then a sulfursolution dip. Must repeat this every 5-7 days. Your page says use symphytum or helleborus but where do I find a descripyion of what they are and where to buy them. I used 4 oz of lymdyp to 1 gal of water for the dip. Pups are 2 mo old and I see no mites on my other dogs and these pups are never outside or near other dogs"
EC: Pharmacies that specialize in homeopathic remedies will carry those 2 remedies.. otherwise you might be able to find them online.' Whole Foods might have them too.
01/27/2013: Fabian from Quenns, NY replies: "sulfur is not working also.
i want to say after all, I have anemia, and I think the anemia open small window in mi system and let mite come. Thid id not only from outside, is about how stron is our system. our dietary.
in my case im stop to eat meet. I think all of this count."
[YEA] 12/30/2009: Janet from Louisville, Co Usa: "My dog had an infestation of cheyletiella mites. I also ended up with them, and my life was sheer hell for several months. I went to three different doctors, who at best only offered me creams to help with the itching. The CDC says that they can't do a life cycle on humans, and I beg to differ with them on that score. I have a lot of hair breakage around my hairline to prove that they did indeed lay eggs on me.
I did a great deal of research and I tried just about every remedy I could find on the internet. Some helped, but nothing seemed to entirely rid me of these things. I had been prescribed ivermectin and the doctors couldn't guarantee it would work and I was reluctant to take it, but at the same time desperate. There was one thing yet that I had read worked for someone with scabies that I hadn't tried before I took the ivermectin. This person had cured her scabies with colloidal silver.
I mixed 2 ozs. of virgin coconut oil with 2 ml of 10ppm colloidal silver. The coconut oil needs to be melted and melts at a very low temperature. I put the coconut oil and colloidal silver in a plastic bottle made for hair dyes and shook it to make sure it was mixed well and applied it directly on my skin from head to toe. Within two hours I could tell that the mites had died. One WARNING - DO NOT REWARM THIS MIXTURE IN A MICROWAVE!!!
My daughter-in-law is getting her degree in environmental science and she told me the reason that the colloidal silver worked is that small particles of metal penetrate through the shell of the mite. Once the shell is penetrated the mites dry up and die.
Coconut oil is very close to your own natural oil (sebum) and therefore is absorbed by your skin. So as it penetrates your skin it will reach anything that burrows underneath your skin carrying with it the silver. The beauty of coconut oil with the Cheyletiella mite is that it lives on sebum and dead skin and I assume it ends up eating the coconut oil and silver particles. Any new bites I've had, they die almost immediately.
Both the coconut oil and colloidal silver have antimicrobial benefits which kills any infection the mites carry and aids in healing. The colloidal silver also stops the necrosis (the eating away of skin by insect bites). And as a side benefit it also got rid of athletes foot and a couple of warts that I had.
It's also safe for pets and only one application cleared the dog as well. I have been using it once a day to kill anything left in the environment that may find it's way on me. I have found that washing clothes and the dogs bedding in hot water and borax helped a great deal. I use a floor steam cleaner on my mattress and pillows, the carpet etc. Vacume often!!! In cold weather, spend a little extra for better air filters on your heating system as these things are also air bound and jump.
I hope this helps anyone who is enduring the same nightmare as I have."
02/03/2010: Terrie from Wooster, Ohio replies: "Hello,
I am having such a time with Cheyletiella mites. Does your coconut oil and colloidal silver still working for you? I do not want to put our dog to sleep. Very tired of dealing with this nearly a year now.
06/02/2010: Josey from Huntingdon, Cambs Uk replies: "please tell me the recommended mix of coconut oil and colloidal silver needed to treat a heavy coated dog (38) kilos Bearded Collie.I have treated him several times with Frontline spray and it only slows down the infestation for a few weeks."
09/13/2011: Alagoon from Salt Lake City, Utah replies: "I sure hope this works! My dog is covered in oil and is having a heyday licking herself. This remedy was just enough to treat my Weim, so if you have a larger, thicker-haired dog, you may want to double it up. I'll post again if it seems works for me. Thanks!"
10/05/2011: Brenda from Courtenay, Bc, Canada replies: "HI!! I have suffered with cheyletiella mites for 8 years now. I know it's this cause I had a biopsy done and came back with this mite. Of course the only thing the dermatologist said was get rid of your dogs.
We had the dogs tested and it came back that they were clear. We have tried everything to flea spays to pesticides from the vet. The vet told me that Advantage would take care of it if my dogs were carriers. She also stated that she hasn't seen cases of this mite in years and years..... I have done Kwalada treatments. Nothing has worked for me. 8 years of bites and feeling like there are bugs crawling on me all the time. I have been going out of my mind with itching and the mental state of crawlers all over me. I look like a have some terrible disease.
I came across your site, my husband gone out and bought the coconut oil and colloidal silver and gonna try it. I will let you know the out come...."
10/06/2011: Brenda from Courtenay, Bc, Canada replies: "So it's been 2 hours now and this solution seems to be working.... When I first applied it, it felt like the mites were running from the top of my head to my waistline. It was a most disgusting feeling... And it seemed like they were in a hurry to bite me, cause I ended up with a few bites on my face, neck and behind my ears. And now after 2 hours the process has slowed down considerably.... :) I will re-apply tomorrow and keep applying till I am itch free and creepy-crawly free.... THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS ARTICLE!!!!"
10/06/2011: Brenda from Courtenay, Bc, Canada replies: "I am happy to report that last night was the first night in a long time that I had a good night sleep. Woke up the morning to only 1 bite under my chin, rather then 10 to 12 bites all over. Will keep you posted!!! A very happy person this morning.... :)"
10/07/2011: Brenda from Courtenay, Bc, Canada replies: "Day 2.... Again another fantastic sleep, before bed last night I took some solution and applied it to my scalp and upper torso and went to bed. Again woke up with only 1 bite... And very little itching. All already exsisting sores are healing up nicely and looks like they are all drying out.... makes me one happy girl.
I also applied some to my black lab x newfie head and rump erea. This morning the tops of her hair is white, nothing is moving, but it looks like they took off from the scalp to the end on her hair. She is going to the groomers and getting a bath in it. Seeing all this is working I am also gonna purchase the natural stuff (orally) for my doggies....:)
Have you ever thought of making the mixure and marketing it to vets??
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!"
10/20/2011: Shanna from Summerville, Sc replies: "My 5 month old Pomeranian puppy was just diagnosed with having walking dandruff. I suspect he has had it for about 3 months when we got him from the breader because he had a skin infection when we got him and had tried antibiotics to get rid of it and thought we had. Then I took him into the vet to be checked for ringworm because my 7 year old has ringworm on his head and then the vet saw not ringworm but walking dandruff. So I am going to try the coconut oil and silver remedy tonight on my two dogs, cat and myself and kids and hopefully we can kick this walking dandruff out the door. I will post again if this remedy works."
[YEA] 11/06/2011: Frisco from Vallejo, Ca replies: "Coconut Oil with Colloidal Silver
I have close-up pictures of the mites as they appear on the tips of my dog's hair a couple hours after the application of the coconut oil and colloidal silver mixture. Also have pictures of them on my black t-shirt with my finger in the shot to get an idea of scale. Again, this is after I applied the treatment to myself. Any way to post pictures?
The pictures of them on the black t-shirt make it clear just how much these look like dandruff. That's what the vet told me it was on both the first AND second visit ($$) even after looking at them under a microscope. The truth is my dog wasn't scratching that much and the "dandruff" only appeared about 3 weeks ago. But I started feeling this crawling sensation then little pin pricks. The "dandruff" was showing up on my newly washed sheets (black shows everything! ) even after the dog had been banished from the bed area. It took me seeing them move a couple times before I decided I was right and the vet was wrong. If you get some on a flea comb and patiently watch very closely you'll see them jump a tiny bit.
Getting food grade diatomaceous earth tomorrow and will treat my beds, carpets and yard. The fabulous coconut & silver treatment works great but want to treat the environment to avoid reinfestation."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 11/08/2011: Frisco from Vallejo, Ca replies: "Back today to follow up. First a warning: the coconut oil and colloidal silver caused hair loss. Used it in my hair last night, left it in overnight, when shampooing today I had a LOT more hair than usual fall out. Also after 2 treatments I still have them and so does the dog. We were both treated twice, Friday then again Sunday. Felt the crawling intensely Friday night and was bothered some Saturday. Bathed the dog late Saturday; both of us slept great. Sunday, thinking we were all better, I brushed him a bit. 30 minutes later could feel them again. Treated both of us again last night; neither of us slept well. Today, with gloves on, I used a flea comb but it did little to remove them. Tonight without shampooing him I rubbed diatomaceous earth into his coat hoping this will kill them.
I wash clothes, sheets and dog bedding everyday in hot water with Tide and Borax then hot dry. I vacuum every other day including the bed. I've just read that everything must be treated at the same time and treatment must continue for at least 3 weeks. Tomorrow I will vacuum the whole house and dust the carpets, beds, furniture, and dog with the DE. The dog and I will both eat garlic and have apple cider vinegar added to our water daily. I've restricted my use of the house to a bedroom, bathroom and the kitchen. My dog is clearly depressed from the lack of contact but hard choices are sometimes necessary for his overall well-being."
11/19/2011: Brenda from Courtenay, Bc, Canada replies: "Well it's been a month now since my last treatment and the dog's last treament... This morning I woke up and I am bit again so back to treament I go, cause it does work. As for the hair loss, I do believe in the post where the said the mites eat away at the base of your hair because I have not suffered severe hair loss in a month...."
[YEA] 11/23/2011: Claire from Dunedin, New Zealand replies: "I have just tried the recipe on my two boxer dogs. Thankfully I don't suffer from the complaint. Within minutes of applying the solution I can clearly see dead white critters everywhere on their coats. It is amazing. I only applied it right along their backs and shoulders as that appears to be where they are concentrated. We now how a wonderful licking regime going on where they're cleaning each other. I might be premature but so far I am really encouraged since I've been fighting a losing battle with these wee critters for years. I've tried everything and the results are only temporary. Hopefully its no more chemicals from here on in. Thank you so much for sharing this information with everyone."
11/24/2011: Kerbar771 from Tampa, Florida, Usa replies: "Hi, did your dogs have itchy scaly skin? I am trying to figure something out for my daschund.
He does not have any fleas, but since my son walked him on the front lawn a few weeks ago, he has lost fur on his back and around his eyes and face. I have one of those collars for him.
He has a great appetite and his attitude is the same as always, no change there.
I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar and it made his skin so scaly I could not believe my eyes! Maybe I did not dilute it enough. I have some coconut oil. Did you mix the colloidal silver with the coconut oil? Did your dogs have mites? Please tell me a little more.
12/28/2011: Hopeless from Abroad replies: "Hi, I am absolutely desparete. I have suffered this problem for four years now and it seems that this nightmare will never end. I started to have bites and "crawling" feeling around my body (and especially in my head) when we moved to a rented flat in between selling and buying a house. It appeared very quickly that the previous resident never actually cleaned the flat and it was badly contaminated. I think they had a dog in there as well. We had a professional "poisoner" several times in that flat, but bites did not stop. Since that, we have moved twice now and the problem still continues! Nothing seems to destroy these invinsible bugs. I have tried abosolutely everything to get rid of them. Absolutely nothing helps.
The worst itch and crawling sensation is in my head/hair. I have visited several private dermatologists and no one can help. I have read these posts made by other people and made the conlusion that it cannot be anything else than this invinsible cheytilla mite. I am devasted because of this problem. My husband do not believe me as you cannot see those bugs. "What you cannot see, does not exist.. " I'm so tired of this problem. I think about it every single day, every single hour and minute. How could I not to think as I itch all the time?
I tried the colloidal silver thing as well, but do not dare to try it again as I am very badly losing my hair. I am in a point, that I have to start wearing a wig. Apparently cheytilla is the cause for terrible hair loss. I am so ashamed of that as well. How I can just start wearing a wig all of sudden and go to work?! In my work, I have to meet lots of people all the time and would be so ashamed to wear a wig. Obviously soon I do not have a choice, because I cannot hide this hair loss anymore. My hairline has badly withdrawn and my scalp is very sensitive all the time. I did not have a sensitive scalp before, but now I cannot even brush it without the pain (and hairloss of course).
I cannot get for example DE in my country as I do not live in the USA. I live in a country, where it is very rare to have even fleas, so you cannot get stuff (DE) like that. I have tried scabies treatment several times for my whole body and head(/hair), but it only helps for couple of days until the crawling and biting will appear again. In addition the terrible hair loss, the worst thing is, that everybody around me starts itching and scratching as well! Do they jump in the air?! At my workplace everybody seems to scratch themselves. I have no social life whatsoever anymore, because I do not want anybody else have this problem. But everybody I am near to, starts scratching themselves.
This is pure nightmare and I am losing my mind because of this. I could have never believed anything like this exists! This terrible mite obviously thinks that I am their host now as I got it from that contaminated flat (where used to be a dog). As I do not have any animals.
I am cleaning and washing all the time and nothing helps. I have spent so much money for bug repellents and insecticides etc. This itching is a pure nightmare in addition to losing my hair! I don't know anymore what to do. I am so despressed because of this. Doctors won't believe me, they just think I am imagining this as we do not have any problems like this in my country.
I am so sad and desperate:("
01/23/2012: Bill from Columbus, Ohio replies: "I have exactly the same issues as you.... Biggest nightmare of my life.. Any updates? thanks, bill"
06/18/2012: Grace from Bailey's Harbour, Wi replies: "I will have to try this! Thankfully, we always keep Coconut Oil and Colloidal Silver on hand. My rough Brussels Griffon came back from a stay at the breeder's with walking dandruff... He's the only one and I am hoping to stop this before my other dogs come infected. Do you know how often I should repeat this? Can it be re-heated on the stove? Is it worth feeding the Coconut Oil? That is what we often feed them when our dogs get dandruff... Maybe I will feed it to all of them. (We feed a homemade raw dog food and my mom is a total health freak so she always makes sure I have this stuff in my house)
Thank you for all of this information! I hope this helps!"
07/28/2012: Mischelle from Menston, West Yorkshire Uk replies: "When you melt the coconut oil do you melt it to a clear liquid or just a little bit, so it's gunky and also after applying the liquid to your head and all over the body how long do you leave it on for or do you wash off ? I tried today and it's very greasy and I stood with it on for ages, but you can't get dressed ~ do you wash it off, or just towel dry???? and same for the dog, do you leave it on, if so how long for and then what? rinse..
We've just got this puppy and he's badly infested with the walking dandruff."
09/08/2012: Ihatemites from San Diego, Ca replies: "I think this would work more for mites that burrow under the skin like scabies or mange. Demodex mites thrive on and in oils and can casue hair loss.
Its 3 a.m. and I am up scouring the internet for cures for this nightmare! Here are some things I have learned.
Borax! Wash with it, put it in your shampoo, soak in the tub with it if you must, take 1/8th of a tea spoon in a liter of water. Drink off and on through out whole daly. Those of you in the UK will have to find in online or at you "Chemist" as its not sold on shelves there.
Bleach baths really do help for scabies and other burrowing mites however once they are in your scalp, ears and nose, you need something internal. I am on day 2 of the borax in water and so far nothings changed. Fortunately there is a section on this site where others report it worked for them. I have taken ivermectin for the last 2 months weekly and believe its the reason why the population is low. I'm looking into herbs used against Malaria as ivermectin is used successfully for that internally..
Pool Chlorine is the only "Fast Kill" topical substance I have found. I have a pump spray bottle I add a tea spoon to 56 oz container of water and spray on my scalp which is the only effected area and for about 3 or 4 hours, no crawling or bitting. I notice when one moves around I. E walking and moving about, the mites stay in one place and tend not to move but lay down or sit for a while and they seem to feel safe to move about. When I put things in my scalp and the crawling immediately stops, I don't consider it a success unless the crawling stays gone fore more than 3 or 4 hours and I have been relatively still.
Blue Dawn dish liquid mixed with 2 table spoons of Baking Soda kept my scalp quite of movement for a few hours but kind of burned my already burned out skin at the time. I do think it was working. I'll give that a shot again too soon.
Sulfur with Vaseline did nothing. Permethrin 5% cream worked for only a day even when adding lemon, tea tree oil AND 45% permethrin for dogs. I once soaked my head underwater for 2 hours and the next day, it was as if I'd done nothing at all. Though I have read hay can hold their breath for up to 2 hours, I had to investigate my environment as a source of recontaminate.
Neem oil does not kill these mites. Their numbers should have reduced by now if neem was doing what I keep reading it does - stop them from breeding or laying eggs. I'm still using it every day till the neem oil is gone. Its been a week now. I used it before months before reading that the active substance is measured by "PPM" and sought the highest I can get. I found a place in FL that grows their own enema tree. That means its fresher than what you'd get at an indian store where it has been shipped and most likely sat on a shelf for years. I'm keeping it in the fridge to keep it fresh as I don't know the shelf life or rate of oxidation.
I ordered Lice B gone as I read in another forum that worked for scabies. They also manufacture Lice B Gone for Fleas and Ticks. I'll try it and report back. Its enzyme based and suppose to work by causing the mite to malt before they have the chance to breed.
Also ordered Olive oil infused with Poke Weed root. In the scabies section, a few said it worked at getting the mites out of the skin.
I'm also trying Quassia Amara wood chips boiled in water. So far, unfortunately it is not a fast kill as I hoped. Like Neem, I has a chemical that stops mite eggs from hatching and larvea for developing. I added the boiled solution to lotion. Will keep that up till the wood chips are all used up.
For those whos hair is falling out I think staying away from oils would be good. I will eventually try the colloidal silver but will add it to a good lotion. Actually I am going to make my own colloidal silver as it will be cheaper and cost effective to bath in it. Tons of vids on youtube on how to make it with just regular 9 v batteries.
Found a carpet powder with pyrenthrins, the natural form of the scabicidal lotion permethrin but this also has Nylar in it, preventing eggs from hatching, also contains Piperonyl Butoxide. That prevents the mites from metabolizing the pyrethrins. It mixed very well with lotion. Gonna keep using that too. I have it on now with borax and Quassia Amara mixed in. Its not a fast kill as I'm still feeling movement but hope its preventing future generations
The lotion mixture I can put on the days I go to work. When I get home, I can put on the neem oil. Neem stinks and makes if obvious you have something on. I will add colloidal silver in the mix in the future when I have recovered financially from buying everything imaginable to treat this nightmare.
I think some of us are suffering from pet mites that have been doused in the standard topicals and internal medicines and have built a resistance. I'll keep looking to plants that have to keep up and defend themselves agains mites for answers.
I have tried may more things I'll post when I wake up. Must sleep now."
[YEA] 04/01/2009: Lois from NYC, NY: "dandruff on dogs: i use head and shoulders to shampoo my dogs it stops skin flakes, and they dont shed as much. hope this is a solution"Replies
05/31/2009: Country Woman from Jackson, NY replies: "Hi, It was brought to my attention, that most cannines have a problem with dander. I have been giving my 2 labs ( which are noted for this ) Olive Oil with their food. The puppy, I give 1 teaspoon a day, in her food. The adult Lab, I give 1 Teaspoon 2x a day. Is helping a lot and coat is very shiny. Hope this helps!"
09/28/2011: Jennifer from Denville, New Jersey (nj) replies: "Pet food is poison and gives dogs and cats skin problems which produce dander. Get on raw meat and all health issues will go away forever and your pets will live 25-30 years old."
12/16/2011: Allie from Denver, Co replies: "I would like to know more about how much, what kind, etc of "raw food" diet that would make a dog live that long... Sadly we lost our last of our four pugs, the baby, only 8 yrs seemed to have passed from an "immune mediated" disease.. Her body was attacking her cells even at the bone marrow - it was "fast" (if that is supposed to be any consolation-it's not) but we foster and would like to know what to feed them. Currently on Blue Buffalo. Thanks to everyone, and I wish I would have found this site 3 weeks ago!"
02/13/2012: Xstereostarrx@yahoo.com from Pelion, South Carolina replies: "ok, so I tried the coconut oil and colloidal silver, and... All that did was make my dog and me taste like an itchy almond joy. It didn't work. At all. In fact I think it made it worse. Idk. So I bought this stuff called defendix. Super expensive stuff. I got the buy 2 get 1 free, so that made it 20 bucks a bottle. And its only 4 oz a bottle. But I pray its gonna work. The reveiws were awesome and since I put it on my puppies, they havent scratched once. YAY. So I feel good about this. It beats 400 bucks at the vet. It's all natural no side effects, and my pups look crazy running around the house all lathered up lol. U gotta leave it on for 20 mins. but no itching!! I'll keep ya'll posted w my results."
04/24/2009: Regina from Northport, NY: "My dog has walking dandruff mites and I would like to try the homeopathic remedy that you recommend, which is Helleborus. However, when I went to purchase Helleborus I found out that there are 3 different Helleborus remedies -- Helleborus Niger, Helleborus Foetidus and Helleborus Viridis. Do you know which one I should use? Also, what potency would you recommend for a small dog?
Also, would I give the Helleborus remedy along with Symphytum remedy (as mentioned on your website) or would I just give one or the other?
Thank you for your time. I love your website."
12/23/2009: Weegie from Sierra Vista, Az replies: "I need more info on walking dandruff...I have toy dogs and afraid that its in my kennel..I dont want to use anything except natural ingredients..can you give me uses on 3lb to 6lb dogs???"
[NAY] 04/02/2009: Viorel from Vancouver, B.C: "Our Airedale Terrier, Bella has dandruff. We tried all we know, no results. She eat home made food: game meat mixed with vegies, rice 2-3 egs on it, boiled. After meal she get 100ml.milk, fruits, carots. Every second day, some salmon meat mixed with home made food. i understod it may be related,by food?!... God know.. we love her like i can not tell. Please,any advice will be greatly apreciated.
Vancouver B.C Canada"
04/05/2009: Rose from Pensacola, FL replies: "Coconut oil is safe and has many health benefits. Do a search on it and you'll see.
These are the benefits of Coconut oil for your pet!
Fed to pets it may have multiple benefits including:
Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
Helps control body and breath odor
Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing
Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agents that prevent infection and disease
Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
Promotes normal thyroid function
Helps prevent or control diabetes
Aids in arthritis relief
Reduces allergic reactions
Improves skin health and hair condition
Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
As an antioxidant, it is 50 times more potent than Vitamin E, 15 times more potent than carrots, and 300 times more potent than tomatoes.
Most of coconut oil's health benefits come from medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). According to former University of Maryland biochemist and dietary fats researcher Mary Enig, PhD, %uFFFDThe lauric acid in coconut oil is used by the body to make the same disease-fighting fatty acid derivative monolaurin that babies make from the lauric acid they get from their mothers' milk. The monoglyceride monolaurin is the substance that keeps infants from getting viral, bacterial, or protozoal infections.%uFFFD
Coconut oil's capric and caprylic acid have similar properties and are best known for their antifungal effects. Like lauric acid, capric acid helps balance insulin levels.
In addition to protecting the body against infection, medium-chain fatty acids are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing athletic performance and aiding weight loss."
In addition to Wellie's intake; I personally use it in our family's smoothies (to the non-furry children) as well, a few dabs under my eyes at night-time and on my "gardening" feet during the summer and on dry hands during the winter."
06/03/2009: Regina from Northport, NY: "Ted's Mange Remedy cured my dog of Walking Dandruff mites. Ted's remedy is 1 part hydrogen peroxide + 2 parts water + 3 heaping tablespoons of borax (per 16 oz. of hydrogen peroxide).
I wanted to make a large batch of this solution so that I could place it in a large bucket and have my small dog sit in it and be at least half covered by it. So, I used the following proportions: 1 gallon hydrogen peroxide (1 part/128 oz) + 2 gallons hot water (2 parts) + 5 cups of Borax (in the form of 20 Mule Team Borax found in the laundry section of the supermarket). Note that I decided to double Ted's recommendation for the Borax. I mixed the ingredients until all the Borax dissolved, then I placed my dog in the solution for 30 minutes. While he was sitting in it I scooped the solution over his body.
I break from Ted's mange protocol here - he says that you should let your dog air dry after his bath so that the solution has more time to be in contact with the skin and therefore be more effective. In my case, I reasoned that since my dog was submerged in the solution for 30 minutes it was even more effective than just allowing him to air dry - so I dryed him after his baths so he wouldn't get cold.
My dog got one hydrogen peroxide bath per week for 4 weeks. In addition, he got another "regular" bath with shampoo (which I gave to him a few days later) per week for the same 4 week period. I did that mostly for hygenic reasons because he was losing so many dandruff scales and dead skin and I wanted to help the process along. By the second hydrogen peroxide bath his itching stopped. My dog is now cured of Walking Dandruff. He no longer itches and his skin is clear and healthy again.
Additional things to do/remember: Before you give your dog the hydrogen peroxide bath, you need to bathe him completely with regular shampoo. Also, you need to be diligent in washing their bedding and blankets every time you give them a bath -- just in case there are dandruff mites hanging out in their bedding."
09/23/2009: Regina from Northport, Ny replies: "I wanted to update my previous post and let readers know that, unfortunately, Ted's remedy of hydrogen peroxide and borax did not work on my dog's walking dandruff. At first I thought it did but a few weeks after placing my post about my success with the remedy, the familiar scabs and flakes started to reappear. As of today (9/23/09) I am still trying to get rid of it. If I am successful in ridding him of this mite, I will repost to let the readers know."
[YEA] 01/18/2010: Regina from Northport, Ny replies: "Re my earlier post of 9/23/09 re the walking dandruff mites. I brought my dog back to the vet soon after that post because I wanted to know for sure if he still had the walking dandruff because he still had scales and crusts on his back. The vet did several skin scraping from different areas on his body and examined them under the microscope and told me that he DOES NOT have them any longer. Note: this same vet had actually diagnosed him with the mites a few months earlier. At the time of the initial diagnosis, he could see the scales moving on his back and he did the skin scrapings where he could actually see the mite under the microscope.
So apparently, Ted's remedy of borax and hydrogen peroxide DID WORK!! Note I never gave my dog any medication at all except for the hydrogen peroxide baths. I mentioned to the vet that I used the above remedy and he said he was not surprised that they are gone because the combination of the borax and the hydrogen peroxide would kill any parasite. Note: I submerged my dog up to his shoulder blades in the solution for at least 15 or 20 minutes for each bath and I doubled Ted's remedy.
FYI, today, 1/18/10 I brought my dog to a specialist (dermatologist) to try to find out why my dog still has some scabs and scales on his skin. I found out he has a bacterial/staph infection of the skin, but she reconfirmed what my regular vet told me - which is that he has NO mites (she tested for them).
So, as I said earlier, Ted's remedy worked."
12/30/2011: Jennifer from Omaha, Ne replies: "My pet, myself and my home are infested I just found out after a year what the heck has been invading our home even after moving, and losing my job of 5 years... I've even seen a psychologist! I am hoping this will work for us. What do you recommend for treating myself and my home after begin treating my dog? Was your home infested as well as yourself? PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP! I want this to stop NOW."
01/02/2012: Hopeless from Abroad replies: "Hi, If you read my previous posting (a bit above) "12/28/2011: Hopeless from Abroad" you can see that you are definitely not alone. This is pure hell and nothing seems to help:("
01/05/2013: Catherine from Manchester, Greater Manchester replies: "Re: cheleytiella mites. The borax and hydrogen peroxide seems to be working! My little dog and I have been bitten for three years.
After a lot of research on my part along with confirming diagnosis of my bites by infectious diseas at my local hospital I was finally able to convince my vet that we had a cheleytiella problem (as pooch had no 'walking dandruff' but my research had indicated that thes mites could be present even if not found. But nothing the vet tried worked - ivermectin, advantage, frontline, lime sulfur dip.
I have been on a crazy regime of hoovering, washing, bagging up all my clothes, flea spray, and misery. The mites were even hanging around on me and I was taking them into work and could see other people scratching... Nightmare! They are so opportunistic! I could feel them on my eyelashes, my scalp as well as the usual area they bite - waistline, shoulders and back and buttocks. And everywhere my dog came into contact with me for any period of time.
So we started Ted's mites/mange remedy and it seems to be making an incredible difference! I'm washing my dog and using the borax/hydrogen peroxide mix on him every other day. I do the same to myself at night. I have seen no sign of mites in the past couple of days (was previously getting bitten almost every day) but will stay vigilant and keep to our routine. No side effects for my dog tho he doesn't like the baths :).
I would urge anyone who think they have a problem with these highly contagious mites to try Ted's remedy. Daily as he recommends if necessary and appropriate... It feels pretty life-changing at the moment! Am also happy to help with any cheleytiella questions as I have done a LOT of research...!
Thanks Ted (whoever you are! :D)
P.S. I am in the UK and Borax is cheap and easy to get hold of online... And hydrogen peroxide available from chemists over the counter (as well as online) tho I did have a problem in one Boots who asked what I wanted it for and when I told them it was for my dog they refused to sell it to me - due to some new leglislation againt them selling stuff to treat animals - have had no problems with other pharmacies"
01/27/2013: Fabian from Quenns, NY replies: "i read all about mite. i try many many remedies loke;
- olive oli
- oregano oil,
- i wash my self in a oregano tee
- i put oil from the top to the feet
- i sleep in a oil
- i trought out my bed
- i sleep in smaal couch cover with plastic.
- i cover my self with plastic everyday
- i go to doctor 3 times, (their dont see anithing)
- i bring my dogs 2 times to vet, sam result
- so I try with ocean could shower every morning.
- ho im forguet, I do the laundry everyday, and put everithing in a plastic bag for 7days.
nazing is work. but I found the could wather therapy, works. mites desapear, I dotn have etchy , I dont scratch my self. i leave one window open to fresh aire comes all day to de home. and is work
but their still there. their go and back. when the room is little warm their show up. no idea, I continuin do a wather teraphy , but what will be happen in summer, no idea."
02/23/2013: Hopeless From Abroad from . replies: "Hi CATHERINE from Manchester: could you please advise how you prepared the remedy for yourself and how did you exactly use it? I have had this hell of walking dandruff for years and nothing has helped so far. Where I can get the borax online? I do not know that product (what is it called in the shops?) as I do not live in the UK nor in the USA. I'd like to buy it online. Thank you SO MUCH for your help!"
03/30/2013: M/bro from Middlesbrough, Uk replies: "You can purchase Borax from ebay."
03/08/2014: Http://www.earthclinic.com/contactus.php?action=fe from Arizona replies: "I read bad things about colloidal silver. Mixed coconut extract shampoo with diatomaceous earth, put it on my scalp (there favorite location) and just like a woman above blogged, them move down away from the area. A lot of movement suddenly as I'm typing this. Cornoil penetrates the skin easily and is cheap. Tomorrow I'll try corn oil mixed with diatomaceous earth. Oils help the gnats burrow easily. A good suggestion was conditioner on scalp with bag over it. Calamine lotion on the face, in ears and on body. S hydrated lime powder, $10 for 50 lbs on the legs, arms. No issues with burning. Don't bathe with it, burns. It's getting in the 80's now and problem is increasing. Afraid to sleep! Hubby drinks and doesn't feel nothing, yet itches. Thinks it's in my head. Dogs are itchy, but he refuses to acknowledge it. Use lemon grass powder on dogs skin, diatomaceous earth, clean dog bedding with ammonia; make citrus water from lemons and grapefruit in yard, wash laundry with it, plus borax, solar salt (cheap) which breaks down in water fast (it's ocean salt), a dash of ammonia. Soak for hours to get best results. sweep ceilings, walls, and floors (exhausting) daily. Borax on floors works best but ruins linoleum. Give mustard on biscuits to dogs; warms them, cleans out parasites, repels bugs, pain killer. I drink it myself and helped until bugs become immune, like all remedies. Got bit in southern CA motel and problem was non stop. Signs for a few years coworkers had it. Must find a cure to help everyone world wide. Wear angelite (sodium chloride blue stone) amber (absorbs into skin) brass kills bacteria and it's better than not wearing it, other metals feed it for some reason, topaz has electromagnetic properties and helps. Tourmaline too slightly and jet. Remove vegetation from yard to remove their food, except citrus trees, sage, rosemary. Haven't tried citronella plant yet. Candle burning in yard helps a bit. Haven't tried cedar oil. Neem kills eggs, but biting is worse in dogs and myself. My blood pressure is on low side of good. Seen other blogs mentioned this. My hubby is on the higher side, and feels nothing. I'm ticklish, he isn't."