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Ted's Dog Mange Cure - Treatment for Demodectic and Sarcoptic Mange

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Posted by Via (Iloilo, Jaro, Philippines) on 08/17/2009

we have a dog named storm she has mange since shes five months old until now that shes almost one year and five months already.we are always a client in every animal clinic here in our place we tried lots and lots of remedy just to make sure our dog will be okay we tried injectables such as ivermectin but its hopeless until we found this in the net.the ted's remedy we have just tried it this morning i hope i get it right 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide mix with 4 cups of lukewarm water and 4 tablespoon of we wish that our dog will be fine and be well with this remedy.just want to ask if this remedy is safe to use IF THE DOG IS PREGNANT?HOPING TO HEAR MORE ADVISES FROM YOU. THANKS A LOT.VIA

Posted by Denise (Palos Heights, Illinois) on 08/16/2009

[YEA]  treatment for demodectic mange:

wash area affected with Boraxo solution 3-4 x per day
soak with hydrogen peroxide 3-4 x per day
grapeseed oil/ lavender massage oil (1oz oil:15-18 drops of lavender oil)
apply liberally to area massage in 3-4x per day

the lavender not only is natural, has anesthetic properties for itching, it smells good is relaxing for your dog and is an antiseptic. It also interfers with the larvae stage reproduction of the mange. I don't like the products available with all the side effects so I told the vet ill research my own. As a nurse massage therapist for mothers to be and infants, researching everyones advice and research on the actual bug itself I came up with this. less irritating to our little family members, inexpensive and I love the smell and massage time with my pets. And best of all it works!

Replied by Mitzipars
Port Richey, Fl
First, I wanted to comment on the Lavender Oil suggestion and my experience.

I gave my Pomeranian a bath in the H202, water and Borax and took him into our Sun Room to dry. I noticed a few small fleas had dropped into the pan I used and after placing him on the floor he was trying to find ways to scratch him on his back and more so on his stomach. I took a cotton swap and placed the lavender oil on his stomach and within less than a minute, where he could not stop scratching himself suddenly stopped. This works wonders.

Also, I do have a question. I had taken him to the Vet on Saturday (smelling an infection) and noticing these little clusters of black specks on his underside, not to mention his hair has been thinning out. I took him because when I had flea combed him (I do this every day after his 1st time out and before bed in lieu of topical flea killers that did NOT work) and noticed these when having to pry with tweezers small fleas off his "private areas" all these specks and the odor. I took some store bought fleas spray and placed it on a cotton ball and held it on this area with all the black specks. They were coming off on the cotton ball (not all). As I repeated this, more would. The odor got even worse through this process.

The Vet looked at him and immediately said he needed to be tested for Hypothyroid Disease and Cushing's Disease and those specks were blackheads. I took the prescription for antibiotics and left to stop this infection as fast as possible.

My question is how do you know if it is mites or the above Diseases?

I must say I came home and used a baby wipe to test out the blackhead theory and nothing happened. Then I repeated my process with cotton ball and flea spray liquid (that kills on contact fleas) and these specks started coming off again. This time I noticed extremely (I do mean extremely small red specks coming off as well).

Replied by Melisa
Ridgeland, South Carolina
Just starting treatment, but need some clarification. Seems everyone applies at different intervals...weekly, biweekly, daily? Also, some recommend bathing prior to each treatment. Isn't this very drying to the skin? I want to use some type of oil treatment in conjunction with borax, but concerned that it will interfere with action. My dogs also swim in salt water occasionally (which usually soothes skin, but does not cure mange) I assume I need to reapply borax after salt water exposure. I also use spray bottle to apply between baths or to hit extra itchy spots. I was spritzing dogs with mixture of water, grapeseed oil, tea tree oil and lavender to control itching and recondition this negating borax treatment or is it okay to mix the two? My dogs are siblings, have been treating with monthy promeris applications, but with spring came a terible exacerbation...we have a new baby and I tried a cheaper food so I think the combination allowed opportunity in. We have gone back to the $$$$ food and added fish oil, flaxseed, salmon ect. Interestingly, the one with the worse case has always been a scary and easily stressed laid back female has had NO problems until now and her condition is minor. Dogs are 2 years old, bulldog/houndog mix. I do see improvements already in crusting, less flaking and greasiness. I came home tonight, though and noticed flaking areas which led me to apply oil mixture...maybe a simple brushing would have sufficed. Trying to do everything I can, but maybe messing with treatment by doing to much. Also concerned that tea tree oil could be toxic if dogs lick themselves (though I read it would discourage licking and chewing mine are doing it as I write.) Would a simple oil rub with or without lavender be better...maybe oil at night as needed, then bath and borax in the am? I know a lot of this is trial and error and depends on your dog and their response, just don't want to mess it up while working so hard. I realize there is no cure and the goal is to control symptoms until the animal's immune system recovers...also realize ths is very run on for which I apologize. What other options are there for flea control when dogs are getting frequent baths that remove topical flea treatment?
Replied by Lisa
Wichita Falls, Texas
To Melisa from South Carolina,

Yes, giving too many baths will dry your pets skin. I had a neighbor who was doing this for their pet and the poor thing looked like it had a horrible case of dandruf it's skin got so dry. Anyway, I have had dealings with the mange. I have a dog and 10 cats( yes I said 10!) all I used was cotton balls and plain old cooking oil. Just soak the cotton ball in cooking oil and rub everywhere that the pet's hair is thinning.

Mange is mited under the skin and the oil suffocates them. And if the animal licks the oil it will not hurt them .I just used it twice a day for about a week or so. You will need to do it longer if it is a bad case of mange .If the animal has dry scabby or crusty places on them, you can put peroxide on those places about 3 times a day until gone. I also used antibiotic ointment on places where the animal had scratched and put scratches on them selves.But,as long as you have cooking oil and cotton balls,you are good to go!!! Just to mention, I had one that when I took her in she was a tiny little thing and before the mange got better, she was bald from the neck up. Her whole head was bald. The oil worked. With her I had to do this for about 2 weeks!

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Ma, Usa
Denise: It maybe best to do a lot more web search before we try every thing or any thing on our animals. I know I was very upset and anxious to find a cure for my kitten where she had the mange but I read and continued to read until I found many people in this forum as well as others that found this remedy of peroxide & borax to be very effective and it does work. The rest I leave up to the kitten and nature and pray for the best results.

Good luck.

Replied by Felicita
Tigard, Or
I recently purchased a pet bed from the Goodwill and apparently, it contained sardetic mites. I have two chihuahuas and after approximately 3 weeks, my black chi began having hair fallout. He also was smelling bad. There was some crusting and as I began to clear away the crust.. Well the hair came out in mass quantities. I found this website and immediately began the following process for both of my chis to be sure of no cross contamination:

1. all washable/bleachable items where the dogs have come into contact, including their new pet bed were washed with bleach on the sanitary (super hot) cycle.

2. any linens, pillows, etc. , that could not be washed have been placed and sealed in plastic bags and are on a 30 day quarrantine. Sarcoptic mites live 21 days without feeding.

3. Dogs are now quarantined to the kitchen area and not allowed on carpets or furniture. (This is very difficult but I feel better safe than sorry.)

4. Natural cycle of these mites dictates that a female life cycle is apprx 30 days at which she will lay between 1-4 eggs daily under the skin. After 2-4 days these eggs hatch and go to the surface and begin eating dead skin cells. They will do this until they shed their outer shell twice, at which time they are now adult mites and go back under the skin to breed. It may take between 3-6 days on the surface of the skin for this stage of the mite development.

For the next 30 days, I will use the h202borax solution on my dogs on each 3rd day. This will prevent hatched mites on the surface from surviving and breeding. On the days that I use Ted's solution, I do not preshampoo or post rinse with the dip nor do I apply any other topical treatment for 24 hours. On the following day I am using emu oil (because it is a deep carrier to the lower levels of tissue), plus almond oil, plus 1 drop of lavender essential oil. This would be about 4T of Almond 2T Emu and 1 drop of Lavender essential. In all areas where I see redness or notice scratching, I saturate a cottonball and apply the oil solution. I also apply the solution to any areas where there is no hair and about 1" beyond the balding area. They say that the oil suffocates the mites beneath the skin and stops the reproduction process. On the following day (which is now the day before the dip, I check for redness, hair fallout, and I do not bathe but simply look for areas that may need the oil treatment. I will not be bathing my dogs if it is not necessary as the twice a week dips are definitely drying the skin out.

I am on day 4 today and I have noticed that there is no longer any bad smell. There is also no hair fall out.

Each chi is responding differently to these mites. One chi never scratches himself and yet had tremendous mass hair fall out and responds to the dip with heavy panting. My other chi scratches contstantly but has not got the mass hair fall out and loves the dip. I think this info may be helpful to those who are worried about their dogs reaction to the dip.

I cannot stress enough the importance of sterilizing your home for these mites. It is a pain in the butt but well worth it as sarcoptic mange can be passed to humans. Since the chi's are sectioned off from the rest of the house, treating my home with insectcides is much easier. I have no desire to harbor these tiny devils on my body only to reinfect my little ones again.

I cannot swear that this is the solution as I have not gone through the entire process. I can tell you however that I am having very impress results.

I do not know if I can add to this post as an update, but if not, you may have to search further again to see what happened.

I did in fact contact management with Goodwill Industries as I feel they need to change their policies and either treat certain items with mite killer or quarrantine items that are high risk or at the bare minimum each item should be sold with a warning that no treatment or quarrantine was carried out.

These little buggers are lethal!

Replied by Felicita
Tigard, Or
5/31 - five days from my last post. I have noticed that there is an absolute change in my black chi. His hair has stopped falling out in clumps and he does not smell bad. But the large area where there is no hair, his skin has gone from slightly puffy pink to black. Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

they (Pico and Piper) are no longer quarrantined to the kitchen, but are being kept out of some of the areas of the house. I have done more washing/bleaching in the last several days.. but I do not what a reocurrence of this nightmare.

Piper never had clumps falling out, in fact he was only scratching and I decided to put him on the same treatment program which I have slightly modified:

day 1: dip

day 2: oil

day 3: rest

day 4: shampoo/dip

day 5: oil

day 6: rest

day 7: dip

day 8: oil

day 9: rest

day 10: shampoo/dip

you get the picture.

dip is 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide plus 2 cups hot water w/2.5 Tabl 20 Mule Team Borax. This is enough to do 1 dog. I stand the dog in a plastic square bucket and pour the solution on him. Then reuse the solution until the dog is saturated. He is then allowed to run around the kitchen and get the floors all wet while I do the other dog. When they are both done making a mess on the floor, I use a white towel to clean the floor off to make sure their environment stays pretty clean.

On the oil day (see recipe above) I use this on any bare from hair fall out to protect the skin from drying out and anywhere that they are scratching or that I see any red spots. I place a little in my hands and massage into their coats. They smell wonderful and their coats are shiny. A little bit goes a long way. I then brush them out.

So far so good. I have another 20 days to go with this treatment.

I have bleached and washed and treated everything darned near .. and after each treatment I take away their linens which are now white bleachable towels (no more doggie blankets til this thing is done with.)

Many items in my house that cannot be bleached are now sitting in sealed plastic bags in quarrantine. 21 day appears to be the life span of a mite without its host. I have many things in 30 day quarrantine.

Posted by Dara (Mehanicsburg, Il) on 08/14/2009

[YEA]  Ted's mange cure: My 3 year old yorkie was itching like crazy!! He had small black bumps on is back and his hair was falling out. He was so miserable. I searched the internet and found Ted's recipe. I used the solution exactly as directed yesterday and Barcle's itching stopped immediatey! I will continue to use this until he is all cured. His back already looks better and he sure has calmed down. Thank You Ted!!!

Posted by Jeldridge6 (Hankamer, Texas) on 08/14/2009

[YEA]  YEA, I've been frustrated from trying treatments for the scabies-mange mites. We had it really bad when we lived in Florida, I also caught it. We moved to Texas and I used Revolution for 2 wks, and it didn't get rid of it (also very, very expensive). I've been using the peroxide, borax, water, treatment now for 5 days and I've seen the disease stopped the doggie has been looking better. I put the borax in a grated cheese container and sprinkled it on the carpet. I've run out of peroxide so I'm going to try the vinegar treatment with the borax with my other dogs they also have it but not as bad as the one.

Posted by Mandy (Dorset, Uk) on 08/12/2009

You cannot buy borax in England anymore - any other possiblities for horse mange?

Replied by Cara
Birmingham, England
People say you can't buy borax in England. I bought some today in Boots, in the household cleaning aisle. Also available in tesco and ebay.

Posted by Mandy (Dorset, Uk) on 08/11/2009

Is it safe and advisable to use Ted's mange cure on a 3 year old horse... would welcome advice thank you...

Replied by Darlene
Otto, Nc, Usa
Dear Mandy, I'm sure by now you have found a successful treatment for your horse; but I thought I would write this... in case someone else should need a cure for mange on their horses.

I had two horses that were on open pasture that somehow caught mange. My mother had a friend who was a retired veterinarian; she asked him what we could do? He told us to get some Ivory Snow laundry detergent and put some in a bucket of warm water, make it nice and strong, and bathe the horses in it, do not rinse or dry it off. I had my doubts if this would work, because it seemed too simple; but I went ahead and gave it a try. I only did this once, as the horses were in open pasture and hard to catch. A couple of weeks later, I could not believe the mange was gone, and new hair was growing in.

Posted by Emily (Timber Lake, Sd) on 08/08/2009

To everybody out there, I have seen many "home remedies" used for the treatment of mange, and let me tell you they are dangerous. Ivermectin is a cow, swine, or horse drug but is safe for dogs and cats as well under the right dosing (The exception would be and collie-type breed dog, in which case injectable Dectomax works well!) Another safe solution would be the product Revolution. And most treatments take approximately 1 month to treat and break the cycle of mange. Keep in mind Demodectic mange is a natural occurring mite on the skin and if you dog has that type it might mean that his/her immune system is compromised. And if your vet has treated your dog with prednisone and Cephalexin he is not treating for mange and your dog probable has allergies. Again, PLEASE be careful with what you put your dogs through, I have seen many animals suffer from "cheap" remedies. Thanks

Posted by Pitprince215 (Jersey City, Nj) on 08/03/2009

I put the Borax and Peroxide on my puppy, well, dog Prince for the first time tonight... Took the exact steps...and he's here shivering..Could this be burning/hurting him because of the bites? or could he just be nervous? he usually acts like this when he's scared..Im not sure...and how long down this treatment take to actually work?

Replied by Charlotte
Cambridge, Ma
It could be that he is shivering from the cold. My elderly dog shivers for hours after I give him a bath. I imagine it would be the same or worse for a puppy. Put him in a warm room!

Posted by Cynder (Austin, Tx) on 07/31/2009

Hi...I have been reading through Ted's Mange remedy and am anxious to try it. I have a 1 yr old english mastiff that has horrible scratching. He hindquarters are almost bald and the skin underneather is black and leathery/crusty looking. I was interested in a post I read on your site, to make sure this is correct. He is a big baby, he is 120 lbs.Thanks in advance and here is what I copied and pasted, if you can answer.

One cup hydrogen peroxide to 9 teaspoons of Borax powder (didn't have a tablespoon, so assuming 9 teaspoons is 3 table spoons. After settling I add 4 cups of warm water. Pour on the dog and let her drip dry. .... this twice a day

Replied by Careana
Malone, New York
Cynder you have to mix the water and peroxide together first and then the borax other wise the solution is to weak. so that's one cup hydrogen peroxide and two cups water first and then the 9 teaspoons of borax put in last. let the borax dissolve and then pour it on and let air dry.GOOD LUCK =)
Replied by Peggy
Delbarton, Wv Usa
No, mix the borax with the straight peroxide first or the borax will not dissolve..then add the warm water. Some may still be there but not as much as if you do it the other way. I have pictures posted of Ruff before and after using this solution. It is harmless, they do not inject enough to harm them..and do not towel dry or rinse off the solution after wards. Just let them drain in the tub some and keep them warm.

Posted by Robyn (Landsborough, Queensland) on 07/26/2009

Hi, I found the info on Red's treatment of Mange in Dogs. Can you please advise what the exact receipe is? I mixed up a dose yesterday but obviously had too much peroxide in as my dog cried when I put it on. If you can let me know how much peroxide & borax to add to approx 1 litre of water that would save us both a lot of stress. Your assistance is appreciated.

Kind Regards
Robyn Mahoney

EC: A # of readers have already given exact dosages in their feedback!

Posted by Alicia (Trieste, Italy) on 07/23/2009

Ted, my dog has been having Ivermectin injections over the course of a few months with no results! I'm trying the hydrogen peroxide and borax, but you mentioned in one place soaking the dog each day and in another place, only once a week - can you please tell me which is correct? Is vinegar as good as the hydrogen peroxide?

Also, you mention that the mites ususally establish a "beehive" somewhere - would that be somewhere in the house, or on the dog? I have been trying to disinfect the house, - not easy as it's large, and I have lots of carpets too. Will a hot steam spray kill the mites? I have a hot steam cleaner which I 'm thinking of using.

Thanks for this site and your invaluable help to everyone!

Posted by Ella (Madison, Wisconsin) on 07/22/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  My dog is a chowchow/golden retriever mix and has had mange since october 2008. His age is about 7 years old. We found this site in January 2009 we started the peroxide and borox treatment once a week for only one month and he started to grow his fur back on his belly and back. But now he has severe dandruff and is acting differently. He doesn't seem interested in anything anymore. All he wan't to do is sleep and does not want to play or walk. Is this a common side affect after mange? About one week ago like on july 15 or 16, his fur started to come our quite a bit. We don't know if the mange has returned or not. How do we get him playful and excited like he used to be? Please help because I feel so sorry for him.

Replied by Josh
Beaumont, California
Hi, not sure if you have figured out your mange problem. I was reading on Dermodex and found there are 4 types of mange. One of them was described as dandruff looking and very hard to control and also causes loss of appitite, lethargic attitudes and sleepyness. It recomends vet treatment for that type. I forget what it is called tho. Good luck hope all is well.

Posted by Jackie (Chicago, IL) on 07/15/2009

My son brought home (2008) Butters a Bulldog/Pit bull mix which has mange. I brought him in for shot every 2 weeks which the Vet used Ivermectin costing $60 every shot. This worked for a while but when it did not the vet wanted me to give him the same amount orally daily for a year. I was very afraid because the label on the box says it is for swine and cattle not dogs. Butters was very drugged so I stopped. I was to the point I was afraid to use anything until I saw this site and I tried it today. I hope it works; I will keep you up to date. 7/15/09

Replied by Stephan Toth
London, United Kingdom
Hi, the mange cure system I presented previously is really good, however,observing my long haired GSD Jaimie has caused me to do a very slight revision to the original system.

Everything should be done exactly as described in my previous feedback except for the treatment frequency. I believe that the mites are maturing every day and therefore laying new eggs every day and it follows that in this case the treatment on the animal would be best done every day. Obviously for heavily encrusted areas of mange (which in humans would be termed Norwegen Scabies) I think it would be better to do an aditional localised application every 12 hours.

So that will be a full treatment every day and a localised treatment twelve hours later.

You can look at mange in this way. your animal is like a country and mites happily lives sparcely over it with no problems to the animal. The crusted mange is similar to the mites deciding to build cities and party on your animal. This is when it becomes a big problem and very sore. Breaking down these cities is a big job and going to take time and patience and of course a lot of effort.

In really bad cases the crusted mange must be very gently scraped away to reveal the sore skin before treatment. Make sure you catch the scrapings in a piece of tisue and dispose of it carefully as it is highly contagious. (I think ted referes to these crust as beehives.)

Kind regards
Stephan Toth

Posted by Pamela (Dayton, Ohio) on 07/13/2009

I have a Scottie who was rescued from a puppy mill. She has lost all of her fur and scratches like crazy. I took her to the vet and they put her on Prednisone and Cephalexin. It seemed to work for a short time, her skin seemed less itchy and there were black stubbles of hair but then when the medication was gone it started all over again. So today I tried the Borax and peroxide mixture and I sure hope it works. I'm also going to put her on high protein food to boost her imune system. I'm willing to try almost anything to help her, since I can't afford vet bills. I'll let you know how she progresses!

Posted by nofunhun (Avondale, AZ, USA) on 07/06/2009

[YEA]  My dog had parvo so we took him to the vet, and due to cost decided to treat him at home per the vets instructions as I couldn't find any treatment that was a sure thing online. He SURVIVED, only to get mange. I had already maxed my charge card out, and am unemployed and extremely frustrated. I called the vet to see if there was anything I could use at home to treat it and was told NO, I would have to bring him in. So got online again and found Ted's borax and peroxide treatment. IT WORKED! My dog has grown back all of his hair. I used about 2 tablespoons of peroxide to 1/2 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of the borax every 3 days (when he'd start smelling bad) for 3 washes, meaning he got 3 baths in 9 days. Now, he still gets smelly within about a day using regular deodorizing doggy shampoo, so I think I'll go back to a borax solution! THANK YOU TED, so much for helping me keep my dogs and my kids happy during a very rough time.

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