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

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Posted by Dennis (Hampton Roads, Va) on 10/02/2009

Demodectic mange

Got the measurments ok, but I have a question about sterilizing the home. If I'm not mistaken I've read that demodectic mange is not contagious. My dog has demo so do i need to go thru all of the steps for the house as if he had sarcoptic?

Replied by Kathy
Manassa, Co
Yes, you will need to treat your house, or your dog will be re-infected.

Posted by Kelle (Mae Hong Son, Mae Hong Son Thailand) on 09/30/2009

I've been treating my dog for mange on & off her entire life. I can't wait to try the natural remedy suggested but where does one find Borax in a small Thai town? Any suggestions Ted?

Thanks. Kelle

EC: Hi Kelle: Check the Borax page: -- at the end of the section there are "Where to Find" posts. None mention Thailand, but might give you a clue where to find it.

On the same page you will see the follow post from Ted:

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand writes: "Most borax I buy is a B.P. grade and a U.S.P. grade borax from a chemical supplier. Those are grade are often used that are pharmaceutical grade. However, those that are gotten from natural sources (e.g. borax) and go relatively unprocessed, that is unadded of additives or anything are often labeled 100% Sodium tetraborate or Borax. Without anything else."

Posted by Sana74 (Houston, Tx) on 09/18/2009

Boric Acid/Mange. I use the boric acid treatment on my dog, but when I sprayed him with it, it looked like he this treatment was burning. Is this normal?

EC: Ted's instructions call specifically for borax, not boric acid!

Posted by Misty (San Diego, Ca) on 09/13/2009

[NAY]  I used the exact measurements Ted recommended and the problem did not go away at all. So I take my dog to the vet and tell them exactly what I used on her. The vet told me that had I continued any longer than I had, not only could I have given my dog liver damage, but I could have KILLED her. Borax is toxic as most of these other treatments are. It's even caused humans to get sick, although not lethal to us.

Posted by Dockie Marlene (Manila, Philippines) on 09/09/2009

[YEA]  ted's mange remedy: i have a a shih tzu pupppy named baby beyonce, she is now 11 month old. its my first time to have one so i really make sure that we always visit the vet and do the grooming regularly.. everything is well, she completed her vaccines and boosters but when she reaches his 9th month i noticed that she feels itchiness since he have a long hair its hard for me see the skin beneath.. but then i noticed that it was turning darker pink.. i bring her to the vet and the vet injected for anti-mange, give her cefalexin and antihistamines.. after a week beyonce was back to normal without redness and itchiness but after a month again she started to scratch her head and then her head started to have like crust/dundruff like appearance then it started to have wounds in it.. i bring her to the vet,, the vet scraped the woulds and cut her hair very short then put dog collar to prevent her from further scratching her head.. the vet injected anti mange again then give 3 topical creams.. at first it works but after a couple of days the itchiness become worse until my baby face started to be red.. i was so worried cause her appetite is now affected and she doesnt like to play anymore, i was so desperate that i dont trust the vets anymore and look for remedy myself online.. then find this website and read about ted's hydrogen peroxide and borax mixture. i just done it yesterday and im already seeing improvements. she doesnt scratch anymore and she started to gain her appetite again. i love my baby beyonce and hoping that she will recover as soon as possible.. :)

Posted by Patrick (Snellville, Georgia) on 09/07/2009

[YEA]  I have a brown brindle American/English Bulldog Mix. He was diagnosed with mange about 3 months ago June 2009. I used the medicated shampoo and the prescribed medicine from the vet it costs me about $100 or more. I used it as directed for about 6 weeks. The only things that happened were that my dog lost more hair very rapidly. I mean hair was coming off faster than ever. I asked the vet was this supposed to happen. He said yes. Just keep doing it. However, what didn't make sense to me was that if the medicine was supposed to cure the problem why was the problem getting worse?. Maybe there is some medical explanation for it, but I was extremely dissatisfied and concerned. So, I went to Home Depot and bought some 20 Mule Borax Powder ($3). I also went and bought 4 Bottles of Hydrogen Peroxide (3% 32 fluid oz) ($4). I got a pail and poured two of the 32 oz bottles of Hydrogen Peroxide in it and then I poured plenty of the 20 mule borax poweder in it enough that could be reasonably dissolved. I then mixed it with 4 cups of warm water. I took this solution and poured it all over my dog and scrub it in with a small brush. I am not good with measurements so my measurements are not scientific. The key is to just mix the borax, peroxide, and water together to get it to cover as much of the dogs body as possible. Do not wash off let it dry. The next step was that I used the same mixture without the water and created a paste of just borax and peroxide and I rubbed this on the specific hair loss areas. I did this once a week for three weeks. ALL of the hair has grown back. It costs about $15 total. One box of 20 Mule Borax ($3) is enough for all 3 treatments. You will need 12 bottles of hydrogen peroxide 32 oz bottles ($1 each total $12) Water (Free/Nominal Cost). That did it. This worked for me just this year, 2009, in the month of August. I am just sharing this information so that hopefully you can save some money and keep your dog beautiful! IF anyone has any other questions, feel free to email me.

Replied by Rose
Tampa, Fl
I have a black lab who has been suffering for 2 months and the vet stuff is not working... How often exactly did you bathe the dog with the solution and how often did you apply the paste? If you were to estimate how much solution you used to make the paste could you tell me the estimated measurements?

Posted by Kari (La Quinta, Ca) on 09/03/2009

I just started treating my 6month old Bor with this mixture. I PRAY that it worksr him. He looks awful! Good news is that he doesnt seem miserable. No itching etc. My questions are:

1. Do I shampoo him first then rinse then soak him with the soloution? Tonight I put him in the bathtub dry then soaked him.

2. If I do shampoo him first, what shampoo do you recomend?

3. Can I pour the solution in a spray bottle for quick problem spots between shampoos and also to disinfect the house? If so, will the soloution go "bad" like "inactivate" after a certain amount of time?

4. The mange is really bad around his snout and eyes. What d you suggest for these areas? I dont want to harm him in any way.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Replied by Peggy
Delbarton, Wv Usa

1) yes, shampoo him first and loosen the dead skin while washing out any dead mites and dander that is on him

2) A gentle cleansing shampoo will do if you don't want to pay out for a costly one at the vet

3)I kept a bottle fixed up and put it on areas when I saw him digging them. I also washed his bed and toys with this. You can mix a bottle of apple cider vinegar (ACV) up and spray his play areas, beds etc with also helps.

4) My dog had open sores and the solution never seemed to burn him...but the mitaban dip from the vet did..he cried when I used it, that is why I had to find a natural remedy. Use a cotton ball to apply around his snout and nose. An acne cream seemed to help Ruff's mange pimples. His is demodectic mange and can't be cured. He is now a year and half, we still fight it but it's nothing like the pictures I have posted...around page 4 or 5 on here.

You'll see the difference if you scroll through the comments and look.

I hope I helped answer some of your questions.

Posted by Nathalie ( London, England) on 08/28/2009

Nathalie again. After using Ted remedy a few days I can say that I saw definetely an improvement on the skin but I went to the vet who gave me Stronghold to apply - drops on the coat (which is the equivalent of Revolution in the UK) which kills the mites in 24h. After a few days I could see the dead skins gone and brand new skin again...So I would say yes Ted remedy works but maybe try Stronghold or Advicate first.(that is for sarcoptic mange which is what my dog had).

Posted by Careana (Malone, New York, United States) on 08/28/2009

[YEA]  Hi everyone. i tried ted's remedy of borax and hydrogen peroxide mixed with water, and i can tell you it made a BIG difference in my little pitbulls life already. Her name is Damane(duh-mahn-ee)and she is 4 months old,as soon as i started putting the solution on her she relaxed and u could see a big difference even before i took her out of the tub. i just wanted to say thank you because without this remedy i was going crazy because i couldn't even afford the drive to the vets let alone the actual vet visit. so this really was a life saver because between everyone in my family we all got the stuff together to make the solution. so Ted i really appritiate everything on here.

i do have some questions though. is it ok to mix just the 3% hydrogen peroxide with borax to make a paste to put on the worst spots? and does it hurt them if it gets in their eyes? i read something that said u could put mineral oil drops in their eyes. Is that safe??

Posted by Artur (Relleno, Rio Dulce, Guatemala) on 08/24/2009

[YEA]  It works! Our Great Dane had lost parts of her coat, she was itching 24 hours the day, her skin was reddish and she got more and more crusted hot spots. We lost 1 month of time by experimenting with a known pine oil remedy before I found this webside with Ted's remedy.

Now, after 2 Month, all problems are gone: hairs are growing back and she is playfull like before. This was (and is) our strategy:

To start, we gave her a regular dose of Ivamectine in form of pills. The dose had to be repeated after 7 - 10 days.

In the same time, we started to wash her with Teds remedy (borax peroxide) - twice for two weeks, then one time a week for another month. And to support her imune system, we gave her dayly 2 - 4 Tablespoons of Linaza Oil. Itching stopped after 3 days. One week later we had - mentaly - a new dog. 1 Month later hairs started to grow back - not very fast but one could see the progress.

The peroxide turned the black hair into chestnut, temporaly as we figured, but we thought it may be time now to quit with peroxide - the job was done.

Since than, we wash her once a week with a solution of Neem Oil and some drops Soup as emulgator. This is 1 Tablespoon 100% Neem Oil, a few drops of liquid Soup and 1 Liter Water, Shake well and wash the doggie with a sponge until all used. Neem Oil keeps all parasites away and is absolutely harmless to your dog and yourself. Read about Neem Oil in the Internet! We found 1 Liter for aprox. 20 $, for our Lola it is a one year supply, a chiwawa can cover his whole lifespan with this.

Thanks Ted !

Posted by Kris (Auburn, Ca, United States) on 08/24/2009

Is this mange cure safe for cats as well?

Posted by Shirley (Singapore) on 08/21/2009

[YEA]  H202/Borax: Many thanks Ted for sharing your mange cure online. I have tried this on my dog and it has worked wonders! My dog had smelly and itchy ears as well. I poured the mixed solution into his ears / on his body after his bath. I also use this solution on his affected areas daily and in 2 weeks, he is mange free!

Replied by Jasmine Loo
Hi, I have problem getting Borax in S'pore. Where did you get yours?

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!!!