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

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Posted by Cathy (Warner Robins, GA/USA) on 02/24/2009

[YEA]  My 2 1/2 year old great dane developed demodectic mange after an illness. She was placed on very expensive meds, prescription dog food and IV injections to boost her immune system. We spent a FORTUNE, the dog got better but a several months later she had an upper respiratory infection and the mange returned. Frustrated and running out of money I found your website and the peroxide/borax treatment for mange. WOW! It worked like a charm. The mange cleared up much faster than it did the first time on all of the expensive medications. She is doing great! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!!

Posted by Kelly (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 02/19/2009

Can this mange remedy be used on horses?

Posted by Patty (Jacksonville, FL) on 02/18/2009

[YEA]  Micki is a beautiful male miniature dachshund who's breeding career was over before it began due to several patches of demodex mites. The patches were small, but none the less annoying and heartbreaking! When first diagnosed, my vet prescribed Goodwinal Ointment, which seemed benign but still had some ingredients I felt less good about using, so I found Ted's remedy and began using it. I mixed the borax and hydrogen peroxide exactly as specified on this web site, and within a few weeks all his hair loss was gone and his coat is like black velvet ever since. Because of loving in Florida, I use this solution every 2 weeks in the warm months to help keep fleas and ticks at bay as well, since it kills off their eggs.

I have a friend who now has a female mini dachshund who had lost all her hair due to this same mite and I am going to help her treat her dog with Ted's remedy. We will take before and after pictures and hopefully be able to post them here. I also have before and after pictures of Micki and would love to share them.

Thanks Ted's Remedy!
From a happy Micki.

Posted by Jonny (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) on 02/17/2009

Mange treatment - Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide and Water

My Dog recently contracted mange and was suffering badly after only a few weeks. It broke my heart to see her in that condition, and taking her to the vet would cost more then I could afford. I tried researching treatments that could be made and given at home (she becomes so traumatized when away from home)

After finding no recomendations other then antibiotic (which can destroy the G.I. system of any animal) I was lost... until I found your site.
I read, and read, and read; gaining a new sense of hope for my sweetheart. I found the mange remedy, and mentioned it to a local vet.
WELL, I knew I was on the right track when he freaked out, border line yelling, saying that "it was a ridiculus idea, get her on antibiotics now, dont waste your time!" and i knew this would work because he never once said it wouldn't work... just to do it his way (no crazy mark-up and bills to hand out... I don't blame him I guess)

I have taken before pictures... and when finished the applications and treatment, will post after ones as well (she is such a gorgous dog... can't wait to see her again with all of her hair)

Thanks, in advance, for this site; the greatest tool in helping our little family members :)

Posted by Paula (Lodi, CA) on 02/16/2009

[YEA]  I came across this site while searching for mange cures other than ivermectin for "Bonnie" an APBT that we had rescued. I tried the ivermectin from the vet for about 1 month and did not see much improvement.She started getting the mange when she was about 5 months old. Ted's remedy seems to be helping and her hair is growing back though it has been a few months. I did not realize I should be treating the back yard, inside rugs, etc. We also have an adopted bull mastiff who is 2 and our old dachsund who is 14. They don't seem to be bothered by the mites. I wash their bedding weekly and now include the borax in the wash. I want to make sure I am eliminating/controlling the source for Bonnie so she can recover. The vet also said I could give her 1 benydryl (25mg) twice daily to help with the itching. It seems to help. I'm hoping her immune system kicks in soon and can help her control the mites.

Posted by Dona Quinlan (Wilmington, VT) on 02/16/2009

[YEA]  My 9 year old Australian Shepherd came down with Demodectic Mange on her face 3 months ago. My vet recommended a shampoo containing Benzoyl Peroxide. After 2 weeks of using this shampoo I did not see any obvious results. My vet wanted to try using a broad spectrum anti-parsite medication such as ivermectin but I decided against using this type of treatment. I found Ted's remedy on the internet and decided to try it and saw results in about 2 weeks. I mixed 2 tsp. of Borax in 1/2 cup of hot water and added 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide and followed Ted's instructions on applying it. It's been about 3 months since I started this treatment and can not longer see any signs of demodectic mange. I would say YEA to this treatment.

Posted by Laura (Cherry Valley, Illinois) on 02/15/2009

Ted stated, "I have found mites, or mange to have a large "beehive" hidden somewhere. In which case, quarantine the dog in a small area that is 100% sterile." My question therefor is how long can the mites live off the dogs body? Quarantining "buddy the bulldog" from the rest of the pack is difficult on my ears! ( did you know that bulldogs howl??!?!) Id rather take him on a vacation!

Thanks also for this websight. Buddy has been through 2 treatments of Promeris with no luck and the vet now wants to put him on ivermectin for 1 month at increasing doses which ( as she stated) may lead to nausea, diarrhea, seizures or possibly death....I"m thinking that is not the remedy I want to try!!

Posted by Joe (Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin) on 02/11/2009

We thank you so much, Ted from Bangkok, Thailand. your cure The best....

for our dog - so called allergy etc etc ...your cure was the best.whether it was allergy or not for which we spent hundreds of dollars to the vets... your cure mange is to mix a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution with water and add borax. Dissolve thoroughly. Wash the dog with it once a week. Do NOT WASH THE solution left on the dog with ANY WATER. Do not wipe the dog dry. The solution will take effect on mange. The treatment period should not be longer than a month or two. The dog will probably not be resistant as the treatment is painless. This has worked well for me.. we applied 3-4 times over 2 weeks.. our sinba the lion back and roaring, no more itchy and scratchy...

thank you thank thank you, you saved our dog..

Posted by Peggy (Delbarton, WV/USA) on 02/07/2009

[YEA]  I have posted several comments on Ted's remedy for demodex mange. The peroxide, h2o, borax solution. I wanted to let everyone know that Ruff, in my opinion, is 95% improved. He still has a couple of scabs on his neck. I am no longer finding them throughout his body. His underbelly was THE worst. He may scratch once or twice a day but it's not consistent scratching. Whenever I do see him scratch, I just warm up some of the solution I have made up and rub the spot down to the skin. I do include 1/8tsp. of borax in his drinking water.

His circles/patches of hair loss show signs of hair coming back. (He never went completely bald in these circles, he just lost hair and they appeared as dark rings). I am just here to give praise where praise is due, and this remedy is due it's share. I also still rub him down with the (blue)Listerine/baby oil/water solution too. It helps soften his fur and I'm sure his skin and boy does he ever smell good. I even spray his bedding, towels and toys with it and alternate with apple cider vinegar (ACV). I still wash his bedding at least weekly along with any soft/fuzzy toys. I throw in borax with the wash as an extra incentive. Thanks Ted and everyone else for sharing your experiences. If I knew where to post the pictures of him before and after I would.

Replied by Peggy
Delbarton, WV/USA
Ruff as a puppyYes, I used Ted's h202 borax and I have been using an equate brand for acne treatment medicine on him whenever I see him scratching. I immediately feel for mange pimples and even if it's a scab, it gets treated. He is on weekly baths and I still rinse him with the h202 borax solution. I also add 1/8 tsp of borax to his and Daisy's drinking water.

The pix of him in his dog house was the way he looked when I first brought him home. He seemed so grateful to have a home of his own. During the winter he has stayed in doors with us. I use ACV to spray the floors and bedding areas as well as his toys on a daily basis. I also wash his toys at least once a week. (The fuzzy ones).

You can see what a shape he was in but he wasn't like this the day I took him to the vet for his neutering. I think the stress of that is what brought this all on. When I took him for his first set of shots. She said he had sarcoptic mange and put him on antibiotics and Revolution. Ruff Mange Photo 1Even though it helped, I think it was all too strong for his little system. The lady that knew of his existence in the back alley said he'd been there maybe 3 wks on his own. He had a really poor start. When I called to him he barked at me but once I kneeled down he came to me, peeing all the way. His fur was so harsh and rough that is was hard to pet him. That is how he got his name Ruff. :D

His little private areas were consumed with mange pimples. Ruff in Healing They are no longer there. (I did forget to mention that I keep a solution mixed up to spray him when needed but I was wondering how long it last once mixed?)

Ruff Healed from Mange

This final pic was just taken the other day. As you can see he is happy and looking healthy. He actually got into the tub by himself, first time with out a fight and him trying to eat me alive. :D


Replied by Nina
Brighton, TN
I have a 13yr. old Chow who has suffered with this skin condition for as long as we've had in the last six months our 1 1/2 yr old Hound has the same problem so i'm sure this is contagious but to date our 5yr old Chahauha has no symptoms..these babies are constantly suffering and until your site we had lost all hope..the chow's condition has gotten so severe if this doesn't work the only option will be to put her down..just over the last several months she's lost all the hair on her neck,chest,around her eyes and everyday she's losing more and more..her legs and paws over the last week. They smell horrible and nothing i'ved bathed them in has worked. Before I try this I need to know if it's safe to use since they have scratched and bitten themselves so bad it's causeing some open wounds..and also the hound almost died last summer after I treated them with flea drops and it either got into the blood stream or he ingested it from now I am very cautious about what I put on them. Will the blue listerine mixture burn or sting if it gets on a opened wound?? Or will the borax mixture make them deathly ill if ingested or seeps into a wound like the flea drops did..I pray that the answers you give me are no major reactions will occur because this is the last hope for our old girl "Princess" she's just miserable!
Replied by Peggy
Delbarton, WV
I hope someone else answers this as well. Ruff seems to break out with odd puff balls at the site of his flea medicine. I actually haven't had to use any lately cause Ted's cure takes care of the fleas as well. When I do put it on him it's just so he won't drag fleas in on my other dog Daisy. I would try the borax solution first...I use the Listerine mostly as a deodorizer when he comes inside from being out in the hills. It also softens his fur. Mix the borax (20 mule team from Walmart in the laundry section) with the full strength peroxide first then add the water. This helps the solution dissolve better. Maybe try it on a small place first to check your dogs reaction to it. They don't consume enough of it to hurt them, so don't worry about the licking it off part. Maybe use a sponge or cotton ball to try it out first. It will take care of mange odors once it starts working. The vet says this is due to a poor immune system. He was taken away from his mother too soon, dropped off by who knows and left to fend for himself in a high traffic area. I think they wanted him to die and I wanted him to live more! If he gets stressed he will have a spot show up. I just doctor it with the solution I keep mixed up for things like that. The pimples I use an acne cream on. I hope and pray this will help as well, we love our dogs and hate to see them suffer. I think what helped me too is just trying to relax myself and not get to uptight about it. I did start giving him vitamins, more real beef and chicken, and he loves to take yeast/garlic pills (Wally World aka Wal-Mart) I am trying to build up his immune system and it seems to be working. Keep us informed please. Pp
Replied by Peggy
Delbarton, WV/USA
I forgot to mention that during Ruff's worse times, he had sores and running wounds and the solution didn't seem to sting/burn him when I used it on him. I wanted an instant cure and in fact it took a couple of months but I did see a change after the very first bath. Be patient, and start them on vitamins as soon as possible. Introduce some good food to them. I have given Ruff cooked chicken and beef, not for every meal but I tried to see that he got some at least once a day and avoid any processed lunch meats and scraps.

Please post something in return and let me know how your dogs get.

Posted by Pamela (Tomahawk, Alberta) on 02/06/2009

Hi there, We just adopted a rescue "Jack Sparrow" & believe him to be Shepherd/Collie cross. I noticed hair loss around one eye & researched finding this site. From this I guessed him to have Demodectic Mange & confirmed with a Vet last week. She did the scraping & I viewed in the microscope to see these little 'bugger's'. Unfortunately, she gave Jack a shot of I believe "Dectomax" & was told he'd have this injection once a week & monitor (approx.4 weeks). To my horror yesterday when we went for his 2nd shot, we saw our usual Vet & he let us know, thankfully, that this type of medicine can prove deadly for Collies! Of course this was NOT an option any longer & we were offered a blood test to determine if Jack would be at risk for a hefty price of $150.00. As he isn't in a bad way yet, (couple patches & not itchy) I thought we'd try 'Teds' remedy 1st, & right away thanx to this site, I've been giving him immune boosting foods. Also, as it is close to his eye, My Vet recommended using Artificial Tear (contact lense solution) for dry eye, to wash his eye if any gets too close to his eye. Thought I'd pass these two bits of info. on that I've come across as I haven't read yet that Collie's are at risk & I noticed someone asking about getting the "Ted Remedy" in the eyes. As we live out & away I'm hoping it won't be too hard to find the ingredients... And I really hope Jack responds as well as other's. Thank-you Ever So Much for all the information & another option!

Replied by Pamela
Tomahawk, AB Canada
[YEA]   Hello there again - here's my update from 02/06/2009 about Jack Sparrow. His demodectic mange began around one eye & then spots appeared down his nose, 4 patches on his forhead under chin, & by his collar. I located sodium perborate by calling pharmacists - one told me it is in (100%) Oral-B (the mouth rinse)(made in Belgium). We mixed 5 packets which equals 2 Tablespoons of Oral-B/sodium perborate, with one litre distilled water and saturated the bald areas and rubbed in from his neck up. I took care not to get it in his eye as i got it in mine & OUCH! If this occurs use the eye drops for contact lenses/dry eye. We didn't give him a complete bath. We also continued to feed him immune boosting foods (salmon & dulse/seaweed from Nova Scotia). Initially he produced more bare spots, but soon the hair around his eye - the initial spot was growing back in. We just had a check-up with our Vet & he's pleased as even the new areas have hair growing back. I believe this all has helped overcome those blasted mites & Jack is on the road to complete recovery as hair is appearing quickly now. We will always feed our pets high quality foods & supplement with veggies/real chicken/salmon etc. because i don't believe 'they've' developed a great dog food out there yet simply because of the processing it requires. Again, thank-you for ALL the info.& resources - it has been greatly appreciated! This has been an experience! and i wish all of you & your special paw families the same results! Pamela

Posted by Peggy (Delbarton, WV/USA) on 02/02/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I've been using Ted's solution mix for a month now. I am now putting an equate brand name for acne treatment. This contains 10% benzoyl peroxide on the mange pimples. When I first started the treatment he was covered in the mange pimples. He's down to just several now. I give him a good rub down to feel for them. I also pay attention to where he scratches, which isn't often. Using a used peroxide bottle I made a solution to use on him in between baths. This has helped a lot. I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THIS. HOW LONG DOES THE SOLUTION RETAIN IT'S HELPING PROPERTIES ONCE IT'S BEEN MIXED? I am wondering if I should change it after a few days or is it good till it's gone?

Something else I saw on here was to mix baby oil, blue Listerine and water 1/3 parts each. I have used this especially when coming inside from outdoors. It really makes the fur soft and helps him smell a lot better. Everything I'm doing I learned from this site. I've even posted it on my dogster and doggyspace pages. I'm not mistaken, this should continue even after control of the mange just as you would any typical grooming care of your dog. I do appreciate any response concerning my question.

Posted by Sandy (Nampa, Idaho) on 01/29/2009

[YEA]  just to say that i tried the borax/peroxide solution on my dog. i tried everything else and was not impressed by the possible side effects of medication our vet advised. (much less the price). i was amazed. this is the first day that she has not scratched herself stupid. her hair was falling our and she was in so much distress that this was my last resort. (wish i had tried it earlier) i have used this on our 2 other babies because this is contagious and also sprayed everything with the same solution. (i.e bedding etc.) so far the results are amazing. will let you know if it keeps up. (i am giving them a treatment of just a sponge bath every other day for awhile to make sure all the mites and eggs are killed off). thank you thank you thank you.

Posted by Diane (Belmar, NJ) on 01/28/2009

[YEA]  We rescued a 3 month old boxer/terrier. She has about 3-4 spots of hair loss and also around her eyes; the vet confirmed dermodemic mange. They wanted to use ProMeris which is used for fleas & ticks. I read on the internet that dogs cannot fight the dermodemic mites because of a weakened immune system.So I changed her diet to Innova Puppy Food which is a high protein diet.I also used the borax/hydrogen peroxide dips twice a week; 1 bottle of peroxide mixed with 2 bottles water and dissolved 3 tablespoon borax. I added flaxseed oil, vitamin E and C, echinacea oil, and organic apple cider vinegar to her food daily. Her hair is growing back in less than 3 weeks. Amazing results without the harmful chemicals! Thanks for this wonderful remedy.

Posted by FRANK (YAZOO CITY , MS) on 01/25/2009


Replied by Peggy
Delbarton, Wv Usa
Frank, I use a mix of baby oil, blue Listerine (cheap) and water 1/3 parts each to make the fur soft and keep my dog from itching. I also had another spray bottle with apple cider vinegar in it that I sprayed the beds with as well as the toys and any place they laid around a lot. The Listerine mixture helped to keep bugs off of them, also, when outside.

Posted by Dragonfly (Traverse City, MI, USofA) on 01/24/2009

[YEA]  For about a month:

1. I used the Borax, peroxide & water, per Ted's directions, to fix the worst part of mange, spritzing my thick-furred keeshond-collie mix every three days.
2. I also gave him a weekly bath using Neem animal shampoo. Immediate normal skin coloring returned.
3. I fed him a daily dish of yogurt mixed with a spoonful of immune-fixing Spirulina. He was very sick before, inundated by the mange and not eating much. Within two days of Spirulina he left his favorite spot and joined us at activities.
4. I also spread a powdery mix of borax & diatamaceous earth all over the house for about a month, rather appreciating the spread being blown around by the ducts and ignoring the messy house look. This dried up all flea activity. And Finally...the healing:
5. Last week, I bought another spritz bottle, some non-scented hypo-allergenic baby oil (a cheap kind) and a blue bottle of Lysterine, original. Mix 1/3 water, 1/3 baby oil, 1/3 lysterine. The lysterine will not hurt, even the sores. It soothes and disinfects! I rubbed it in real good, giving a massage over the many many scales & little bumps and sores. My Rusty stretched into the pretend-scratching of his itches, loving it! It was nearly 5 hours before he scratched himself and bit into himself, so I gave him another spritz, rubbing it in.

Now I only spritz him with the baby oil mix every few days, when he 'points' to it. Then he frolicks all over, too energetic for the cat, so I let him out and he rolls in the snow to remove the smell, tossing snow into the air with his nose, wagging away. His horrible self-mangling has stopped. The bumps are nearly all gone. He rests & sleeps comfortably. He's much happier and so are the non-furred members of this group!!

Replied by Mags
Salem, OR
A number of you had mentioned you "sprayed" the solution on your dog and/or its bedding. What kind of sprayer are you using. The solution clogs every sprayer i have tried? Thanks.
Replied by Peggy
Delbarton, Wv Usa
I use a plastic bottle bought at Wal Mart. If you're using the borax solution try this first. Dissolve the borax in the the peroxide before diluting it. You may still end up with some settlement. Then, use cheese cloth or a strainer.

If you are using the lysterine, water, and baby oil solution you shouldn't be having a problem with the spritzer.

I'm thinking it was the borax solution that you were having problems with. Sorry it took so long to respond.