Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/20/2014
I know you have tried everything - but have you tried taking your dog to the vet for a diagnosis? You mention you see fleas on your dog when you inspect for them - fleas could certainly be the cause of all of your dog's skin ailments. In addition, the little bumps all over could be a topical bacterial infection such as staph. The last thing I think of when reading your post is mange.
Why don't you start with a simple flea bath? You can use any mild shampoo - baby shampoo from the grocery store is fine, that or even Murphy's Oil soap - the original formula for wood floors. You can use the mange remedy as a flea dip and just keep pouring it over your dog again and again, and this will help eliminate the fleas. Keep your dog in the tub and keep him saturated by pouring the solution over him for at least 20 minutes. I would then towel your dog dry and then give him a good flea brushing to remove any fleas from his coat.
For the mange remedy use hydrogen peroxide [the brown bottle from the grocery store is a 3% solution] dump this into an empty gallon jug and fill the hydrogen peroxide bottle up twice with tap water into the gallon jug; now you have a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide. Next, add about a cup of borax. You don't need to be exact, but what you DO need to do is make sure that you add SO MUCH borax that it stops dissolving. When you add it and mix it up and you still have undissolved grains of borax swirling around at the bottom it is mixed right.
Another thing I recommend you do is alkalize your dog's drinking water; this will help balance his PH and sooth his skin, as well as make him less appetizing to fleas. Start off with 1 teaspoon of regular baking soda into 1 liter of water - and do that for ONLY 5 days. Then reduce to 1/2 teaspoon for 5 days, and then 1/4 teaspoon as a maintenance dose.
Lastly, you might try setting out a flea trap. Use a white plate or a light colored plastic lid. Mix up a solution of dish soap - 5-6 drops into 1/4 cup of water - and put that on the plate. You will need a small table lamp next. Place the lamp on the floor in your dog's sleeping area, and place the plate with soapy water under the bulb and turn it on and leave it on all night. Check in the morning for black specks. Repeat the next night and the next, and when you clear the dog's sleeping area try using the trap anywhere your dog spends time, and then all throughout the house to make sure you get them all.
Now, after trying the baking soda water and the flea bath and the flea traps, if your dog still is chewing and itching come back, because I have some other ideas, but you need to try the above ideas first, OK?