Home Remedies for Dogs with Mange

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06/04/2013: Rebecca from Michigan: "My American Terrier has some kind of Dermatitis foot mange caused by his mother having HIV- is what vet said. I'm a broke college student and can't afford the vet treatments he needs. His feet are swollen with blister like sores on them, in between his toes, and he limps with pain. His overall immune system is horrible but I don't want to put him down. Please help I'm so unbelievably stressed out!!!"

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06/04/2013: Claire from Los Angeles, California replies: "Rebecca, I am so sorry your dog and you are going through this. Have you looked at the hydrogen peroxide and borax cure? I have never tried it, but have read the positive feedback on this site. It appears to work on different types of mange. http://earthclinic.com/Pets/dog_mange_cure.html#TEDS. Keep the faith. There's an inexpensive cure out there for him."
06/04/2013: Rebecca from Midland, Mi replies: "Hi! Thank you so much for the link, however I have no idea what sodium perborate is or where to find it."
06/04/2013: Claire from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Hi Rebecca, the mange cure is borax and hydrogen peroxide diluted in water from what I have read on this site. I buy my borax in the laundry section of the grocery store. It's called 20 Mule Team. I am not sure what sodium perborate is.

Since your dog has it between his paws, I am wondering if he has been stepping on any pesticides on the grass? Just a thought. You might want to rinse them off every time he comes inside in case there are irritants on the ground where he has been walking. Please let us know how it goes."


04/03/2012: Dckrubard from San Diego, Ca: "We brought a puppy into our household. We already had 4 italian greyhounds. They have developed a rash, the puppy already had a rash. One of the greyhounds has a really bad rash on the side of the back legs and stomach area. How can I send pictures of this, can I use anything other the ACV to help with this?"


03/21/2012: Bam Bam's Mom from Millsboro, De, Usa: "I tried the Hydrogen and Proxide treatment on our 1lb puppy chi we also and put veg oil on afterwards to keep his skin from drying out anymore than it was. We noticed immediately that red spots appeared all over him, like they just popped out. After a few minutes the red areas faded away leaving white tiny open sores. I was concerned but he seemed fine. No itching.

The best part was after about 10 minutes of having this solution on he became a different puppy, and I MEAN a different puppy. He started to play and jump around like any normal puppy would. He was even growling and barking at his daddy. I am on my 3rd treatment on thursday in 2 weeks. He seems to be doing fine. His only problem is his feet are still red and when I do the treatment they get really red. I do have another question. How will we know when to stop the treatments? We have done them for 2xweeks now. How do you tell if they are all gone. He is doing fine but we want to make sure its over with, also he is still bald I was wondering how long until we see new hair grow back? thanks, I am sooooo grateful to this web link. Bam Bams mom"


03/15/2012: Bam Bam's Mom from Millsboro, De, Usa: "We have a male 1lb chihuahua puppy. We bought him when he was 8 weeks old and he seemed fine then, but, when he turned 4 months old he started to loose his hair on his head and spots on his back. We took him to the vet who first diagnosed him incorrectly and it cost us over 200.00. Then we went back two weeks later and the vet diagnosed him with Demodectic Mange or red mange.

The vet started him on Ivomec but the first dose caused our puppy to have convulsions. So we stopped immediately. The vet was not impressed and after another 100.00 he put him on intercepter. I was concerned since my 3 year old male chi who weights 4lbs uses this once per month for heart worm prevenative and we were instructed to give the 1lb puppy 1/2 tablet everday for 2 months. I was very scared to do this so we went to the internet for other treatments. The puppy now is bald all over and looks cute but awful. I have to say we do have him on an antibiotic for the infection no more smells. It helps but does not kill the mites. He is still playful and eats and drinks well. I just want to know is this peroxide/borax solution safe to put on a 1lb puppy with no hair? He has no open wounds. We put veg oil after his baths everynight (his bath contains tree oil, and neem oil it is an all natural shampoo) which helps with him with the dryness on his skin. I have noticed new hair growth but also red spots returning. We love him so much and dont' want to lose him. Please help."

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03/23/2012: Looneygirl from Houston, Tx replies: "Reply to - 03/15/2012: Bam Bam's Mom from Millsboro about bald spots.

I have been using Ted's mange treatments along with oral Ivemec. I seem to have a very tough case with my German Sheppard female but things are getting better. She had many bald spots from scratching or just hot spots some may have even been bacterial & yeast infections. Just last week I put straight DMSO liquid on one gray/scaly on her back elbow/knee area that had no hair for months. In two days I could see the hair growing back, now a week later I can hardly see the bald spots. I have put it on several spots now, back of her ears and others around her hind legs. You need to do test area and use distilled water to dilute the DMSO (my bottle says its 90%). I have had no burning or major reaction where I have tested it on me first. Warning, when I decided to treat all her spots and used a lot on several spots on her body she stank really bad for 1-2 days. Garlic smell comes from chemical reaction. But the hair grows back so fast. I am will continue to use this a couple times a week with the on going red mange/mite problem."


12/07/2011: Jenny from Manville, Ri 02838 Usa: "My chihuahua has mange of both ears, 3 weeks.. And scally skin on elbows and hair loss on shins and on elbows; all very itchy, constant ear shaking.. AM TRYING the borax, H202, H20 plan from Ted and others.. Ears are 80% better. My comment.. I was applying only to ears and skin of legs... And reusing the solution daily.. Now I think I need fresh Sol each time because Borax seems to crystalize... Has anyone noticed this?

Vet remedies.. Antifungal, antibiotic, antiyeast did not work (except to stop early infection). He wants to use Revolution, but I had just used Frontline and want to wait a month.. Mini doses of benadryl relieve suffering/shaking itch... And I read that itch can continue a month after mites are gone...? Is this true in others experience. I also use mineral oil about 12 hrs after borax in ears. I used dandruff shampoo last time. I plan to do full body/fur borax soak after a mild shampoo next time. Please comment. This story is unfinished. Help me and Toby..."


11/02/2011: Jessica from Randleman, Nc, Us: "My dog has mange bad I need something that works fast she has only a little hair left but her skin don't look as bad anymore. I've got meds for the store but nothing really is helping... Please help she looks so bad but acts really happy!"


09/22/2011: Amy from Bedias, Texas: "I have an 8 week old pit puppy who has brown spots on both eyes, basically overnight he has lost the brown hair and has broken out on top of his head. He also is losing his hair on his sides. His mother I believe has mange and I have been treating her as well with burnt motor oil. What can I use on this poor little guy and his momma to get rid of this?"

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10/01/2011: Sierrahennessy from Fairfax, Va replies: "You gotta take her to the vet. Only he and his microscope can get a skin scraping and find out if she has mange mites and if so, what kind of the two. Basically, nothing topical will get to the mites down where they live, beneath her skin. You have to get the right shampoo and internal treatment. Do it quickly, before it spreads any further, because treatment works best in the early stages. Be away that some types of mange are communicable to humans. Ask your vet.

Oil is doing nothing for her expect hurting her always painful swollen skin. Stop immediately and use olive or coconut oil to sooth her skin until she gets to the vet. Make the appointment today! Good luck!"


05/17/2011: Jill from Boca Raton, Florida: "Hi Chopper my 11 week old pit bull was diagnosed with mange and it is has gotten so bad. I have been treating him with olive oil, neem oil, coconut oil, apple cider, vinager, lemon juice, lavender and garlic. I have been putting it on him everday for about a week now. I think it is burning him as he has open wounds. I have also given him echinacea, spirulina, kelp, probiotics, enzymes, grapefruit extract, vitamen C, kidney cleanse, blood cleanse and now starting liver cleanse. I do not know if I should be giving all of these things or if any of them are even working. I have read borax or sodium perborate and hydrogen peroxide is better. Is this true? I have read though negative side effects about borax and sodium perborate, is this true? The doctor gave him Ivomec and I read really bad things about that. I only gave it to him once though. His body is scabbing, bloody and inflamed. It looks like his eye is half way shut. I am so nervous and I do not know what to do. How long until I see some change? What should I give him? He is also losing his energy. I know the doctor prior to getting him dewormed him twice and gave him vaccines, which I'm sure lowered his immune system tremendously. If you have any suggestions I would so appreciate it.

Thank you! Jill"

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05/24/2011: Luckyjoann from Hartford, Al replies: "In the olden days, I mean 50 yrs ago, people used burned motor oil and put it on the dog. I know that would be a horrible mess, but, it worked. Worth a try if you can put him in a outdoor pen."


03/31/2011: Amber from Las Vegas, Nv: "Hello Im Amber and I have a just now turning 4 month old Male pitbull who has Demexic mange. And his Meds from the vet are crazyyy expensive. Hes 34 lbs and its already 100 bucks and keeps going up as he gains weight and grows. Ive tried alot of different home remedies. Ive done borax and ACV, Teatree oil, a mix of Olive oil, A&D, Desitin and coco butter. The only thing those did for him was make a few of the red bumps under his arms go away. I want to get him better but I cant afford his meds at the rate he is growing. And the price of them. Anyone know of another treatment that work really well? Im not sure if it matters but I was thinking all the treatments I find could be for a different breed of dog maybe thats why they wont work? hes a blue noes pitbull if that matters.

thank you, amber"

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04/02/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Ma.usa replies: "Amber; Mange is not easily treated nor can it be a one time deal as even I had hoped for, this is an on going thing, it takes time and consistancy. Think about it this way, I am trying to do a cat infested with mange, she is scared but she fights like a trooper therefore it's almost impossible to treat her because she fights then runs away and hides for days, where as dogs are ten times easier to care for they love the attention & generally don't fear water per say cats do.... Try to stick with the borax and peroxide(no water)make an even constant paste and rub all over your pit bull do this for days until you no longer think he/she has any more mights. Nine times out of ten when she starts to bite & scratch then you will have had the sign that the dog still or again has more. Animals have a way of showing/telling you when some thing is hurting and/or wrong. Pit bulls are one of the smartest dogs ever. I had a pit bull he was the smartest little demon ever. Even the police liked him (chuckles). Good luck"


Sarcoptic Mange Remedies

06/22/2011: Tsheba2 from St. Petersburg, Florida Usa: "Dear Ted

I have a 9 1/2 yr old Female Chihuahua and she weighs between 12 and 14 pounds in which I love her very much and about 3 month ago I noticed a round crusty area on top at the end of her back where her tail start going up in which it look like a bruise but there was a hole in her skin and blood around the area and on her hair and on the pillow she lays on... She yelp when I was examing it and touching it and the only thing I thought to do was put a Neosporin on it, like I do when I get a cut or scrape so it wouldn't get infected. It seem to clear up than it came back and I was lost and when I saw tears come out of eyes and one time one of her tears fell on my arm when I was holding her and I just broke down and cried because I am below poor and I do have a job but I don't get only 9 to 16 hrs a week and only make $7.91 and hour. I was searching on the computer and come across your site and it has been now a month and I and she is getting worst it has spread on her back and her her neck and she is unable to sleep at night but it seems not to bother her as much during the day as I noticed at night when we go to bed.

But, I have read your solution for Sacroptic Mange and what to try and I believe I am reading it right, but, will you please email me back to make sure I am doing it correctly... I will be starting the solution on her tonight... I believe you said to wash and than rinse and I thought ot my self do I dry off my dog with a towel before I apply the Hydrogen Peroxide and Borax Powder and leave that on her her don't rinse... Is that correct I am new at this she hasn't been around other dogs but, where I live is other dogs and the old people here feed the Squrriels and there is 2 cats that hang around here and I was wondering if possibly my dog could got this just from walking in the sand or grass where opther dogs or cats have and squrriels have beeen and gotten this on her that way. I just don't know and my heart is braking because I just don't know what to do. PLease help me in anyway you can... I have no money to take her to a Vet. I have had her since she was 8 weeks old and she is 9 1/2 yrs old now.

PLease Help a Lady in Florida... PLease email me ASAP

Tsheba2

Tsheba2(at)aol.com"

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07/05/2011: Tsheba2 from St. Petersburg, Florida, United States replies: "Dear Ted I have never recieved nothing from you since I written you on 06/22/2011,

It was about my Little Chihuahua (Female) 9 1/2 yrs old I believe she has Scarpotic Mange,

If you would just please read my POST again it is emergency because it has been over a month now and she seems to keep getting them back on her back and stomach now and under her head on neck.... Please help me what I can do, I love her so much I don't want to her to die on me... I have been doing this and please tell me if I am doing wrong... In a bowl.... I mix 1 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide, 2 cups of hot water, and 3 heaping tbps of Borax Powder and using my hand to make sure that the Borax is dissolved before I put the solution on her... But before I do that I bath her first with Dawn and rinse her will good to get rid of the fleas..... Before I notice that she had this I had put the PetArmor Plus on her for Fleas, but I notice after I started this solution on her the PetArmor is not working and she has gotten more fleas again on her... I have another question I would like to ask you, does this interfer with the PetArmor PLus for Fleas?? If so, what would you recommend. PLease help a Lady In Florida

Thanks, Rebecca

Tsheba2(at)aol.com"


03/01/2010: Elke from Lilongwe, Malawi: "Sarcoptic Mange & Allergy, Lime-Sulphur Dip

One of my two dogs (Rex) has got Sarcoptic Mange and has probably infected the other one by now. Unfortunately Rex is allergic to both Ivermectin and Amitraz. We live in Malawi and those are the only drugs available. I have now been able to get a lime-sulphur dip but it is for plants. The active ingredient is polysulphide sulphur 320g/l. Can I use that? If so, how should I dilute it? If not: what can I do?

The other dog, (Pumpkin) apart from having been infected with the mange, is allergic to I don't know what. We suspect it is something in the garden. (The dogs stay outside.) She has wounds on her paws from chewing and red spots, like pimples on the soft part of her belly. The vet here recommended cortisone in low dosage given daily and ongoing. The other vet here suggested anti-histamines. On top of that we have been washing the paws regularly and applied antiseptic cream but none of this really works. I am not happy about that as I think she can't be on pills forever. I have now heard about homeopathic drops that might help but don't have a name. Do you know about these? Or do you have any other suggestions? Please help, my dogs are in really bad shape! Thanks a lot

Elke"

EC: Hi Elke,

A few people may have reported sarcoptic mange cures using Ted's borax and hydrogen peroxide remedy on this page: http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/dog_mange_cure.html


Sea Water, Calabash, Lime

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[YEA]  08/17/2010: Manicou River Resort from Tanetane, Portsmouth, Dominica: "I live on the Caribbean island of Dominica in the West Indies and have a local dog. She came to us with a low immune system and gets recurring mange. We have tried the chemical treatment but it was very harsh on her. We also tried neem oil without very good results. I took her to see the vet who works with PAWS the rescue dog charity and was recommended a local treatment. 2 liters of Seawater (or salt water) and ½ a Calabash. (Or bottle gourd or opo squash not to be confused with the calabaza) Scoop out the fleshy insides of the calabash and squeeze into seawater. Then add 3 fresh limes squeezed and mixed with the seawater & calabash.

Strain and coat the dog in the liquid. Do not rinse for 2 days and rinse and repeat the process twice. Fantastic results! No more mange and she started to grow her shiny new hair back as soon as the treatment finished. Very happy Ocho Dog."

EC: For those interested in learning more about Calabash: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calabash

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[YEA]  09/01/2010: Manicou River Resort from Tanetane, Portsmouth, Dominica replies: "News on The Calabash, Sea Water & Lime treatment. It worked so fast! Ocho has no mange now and her hair is growing back thick and fast. As she missed out on so much stroking since she was so sore she is wearing us all out getting loved up. I will keep posting the local Dominican remedies as we use & prove them. The population here is one of the healthiest in the world. It's famous for it's centenarians."


Sodium Perborate

01/07/2012: Buddhamom from St. Louis, Mo, Usa: "How do I use sodium perborate for mange. I read how to use the H202 borax, but there are no instructions for sodium perborate.

Thank you, Pat

St. Louis MO"


Special Meat Diet and Remedies for Mange

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[YEA]  08/06/2008: Sue-Ann from Roatan, Honduras: "Aug 07 I had a boxer born here in roatan with her 3rd time with demodec mange. she is one of 5 in her litter and at 8 months old she was the only one alive. She would go to a vet for 3 weeks, come back with no hair. the hair grew back 6weeks later and then the mange came back. after 2 times I was desperate. I researched out a holistic vet I found in N Miami beach (Dr. Bernstein). he and worked very closely with remedies and baths of coconut oil. he now tells me that she was hours from death. I thought of putting her down but I just could not give up on her. I got my remedy kit from him and fed her one kind of meat and nothing else. her ears were so swollen they didn't bend, her eyes were so swollen she could not see out of them and the puss oozing was terrible. her skin was bleeding and scabby and she was all bones. We used hepar, sulphur, other remedies. A year later she is happy playing, her hair has grown back, she looks great and I am so happy i didnt have to put her down. DONT GIVE UP ON YOUR DOG WITH MANGE. PLEASE."

EC: Hmmm.... the name of your vet sounds very familiar. In fact, it may have been 10 years ago that I called Dr. Bernstein for a consultation about my malamute, who was having terrible neck problems. (I lost the name and # years ago unfortunately.) He also recommended a raw food diet and some homeopathic remedies, which did wonders for Rajah. If you still have a contact phone # for him, would you please send it in to EC? Thanks!
Deirdre


Sugar Syrup, Baking Soda

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[YEA]  04/06/2010: Oldaxe from Thonotosassa, Florida, Usa: "Red Mange

OldAxe: tpajas@gmail.com

I have discovered a treatment for red mange that works miracles! After only three hours the large strawberry like splotches turned dark brown. The red rash (about 60% of the dogs skin)turned light brown. The bloody places on her tail stopped bleeding and began drying up. Best of all she stopped scratching.

After three days her skin was smooth with a light rose tint. Ten days later you can still see the white skin through the short hair that is growing fast.

Here's how: Pore a 24 0z. bottle of any sugar base syrup into a large pot and bring it to a boil for three minutes. Add four heaping table spoon fulls of Arm & Hammer baking soda. Be CAREFUL,If your pot is not big enough (about 8 qts.)it will boil over! After a few minutes it will start to thicken. Add enough tap water to thin it to it's original syrup texture. Done properly it will not separate. I used a 2 inch paint brush to coat the affected areas. Next day it didn't look like it was needed but I painted her again. Also gave her a half cup to eat. Those little critters love sugar but the bicarbonate wipes them out. I got the idea when I googled breast cancer.

They said maple syrup but I figured any sugar syrup would do. After cooking the syrup will be dark amber.

My new dog Beulah, no longer abandoned and homeless looks great. I do hope this works as well for others as it has for Beulah and I. It cost almost $4.00"






 



 

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