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Sarcoptic Mange Remedies
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Posted by Elke (Lilongwe, Malawi) on 03/01/2010

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


EC: Hi Elke,

A few people may have reported sarcoptic mange cures using Ted's borax and hydrogen peroxide remedy on this page:

Sea Water, Calabash, Lime
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Posted by Manicou River Resort (Tanetane, Portsmouth, Dominica) on 08/17/2010

[YEA]  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 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:

Replied by Manicou River Resort
Tanetane, Portsmouth, Dominica
[YEA]   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
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Posted by Buddhamom (St. Louis, Mo, Usa) on 01/07/2012

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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Posted by Sue-Ann (Roatan, Honduras) on 08/06/2008

[YEA]  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!

Sugar Syrup, Baking Soda
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Posted by Oldaxe (Thonotosassa, Florida, Usa) on 04/06/2010

[YEA]  Red Mange


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

Replied by Angie
Thanks, I hope it works! How long do you leave it on?

Sulphur Powder
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Posted by Lisa (Brownwood, Texas) on 06/05/2008

[YEA]  When I was a small child my puppy got mange from a stray cat, My grandmother used a paste of Sulfer powder and bacon greese applyed daily until all signs were gone on puppy. It was plyable and stuck to skin and fur. I dont know exact ammounts sorry. But it worked and we never had problems again.

Replied by Jenn
Midwest Ohio
I just thought I would add, I have a one year old lab/bernese mountain dog mix. She is currently recovering from mange. After much research on the home remedies I settled on using a combination method.

FIRST - Claritin, helps with the itching and many sources stated it was safe for animal use as long as it isn't Clartin D. One pill each day, dose varies by wieght of the dog. This has seemed to help her immensly.

SECOND - Sulfa-Lo soap. You can order it OTC at the walmart pharmacy. I used this soap to bathe her everyother day. We rubbed it in generously and let it sit a soak in for about ten minutes before rinsing her off. Then we used a blow dryer to dry her up real good to avoid her licking off any residue.

THIRD - Every single day (on bath day after she was dried from the bath we applied this step) we used a mixture in spray bottle 1/3 olive oil, 1/3 listerine mouth wash, 1/3 water. We sprayed her down generously with this mixture each evening. My understanding is the oil smothers the mites.. But the mouthwashing discourages licking. She does still try to lick at it some but not constantly.

Within one days treatment her itching was greatly reduced.

By day three the redness in the bald patches was reduced as well

within a week or so she wasnt digging at her self anymore and her skin was looking normal.

It has taken about three weeks to notice any significant hair regrowth.. but she is much more comfortable and looks much better.

We are just waiting for the hair to grow and plan to continue the treatment untill her coat is full and healthly looking again. But in the meantime we are happy to have our girl back to her playful self, instead of a irratable scratching machine.

Posted by Sarah (Fort Worth , Texas) on 02/28/2008

[YEA]  We have cured two family dogs with a paste of flowers of sulfur powder (bought at feed store) and vegetable oil. These were separate occurrences, years apart). Each time they had been diagnosed by the vet, and we had used the prescribed medication without results. When we used the sulfer & oil treatment the results were fast and complete.

Posted by Sara (Albertville, Alabama) on 10/16/2007

[YEA]  Sulfur We always used powder sulfur for dog mange. Mix with any oil and apply. Will stop the itching at once and a cure in a few days. Never once did it fail to work. Powder sulfur costs about 2 bucks and will last awhile. Simple and affective.

Replied by Cammy
Iowa, US
My dog has got mange bad. His constant licking is driving me crazy! I feel so bad for him, it has got to hurt. Anyway, I keep seeing a lot of posts about sulphur powder. Can someone tell me what kind of sulphur powder? Seems to be quite a few different kinds. My pharmacy has Sulphur Precipit Powder, anyone know if that is safe to use?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Cammy!

Precipitated sulpher powder is safe to use, but it is flammable in the dry form so use carefully.

Most mix it into some type of carrier oil to apply on the skin.

You might start off with Ted's mange remedy - or in the case of super itchy skin Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy - if you are working on a hunch with no confirmed veterinary diagnosis for mange mites.

Posted by Scott Stanley (London, United kingdom) on 07/26/2007

[YEA]  Hello, After reading angies story about her rescuing 2 puppies from the hurricane, after reading on to find out they had mange i realised that's what my dog had. i followed her instructions and was expecting a huge bill to have to pay to get rid of the mange but i was surprised to find how little it cost and works. using human shampoo containing sulphur i am so pleased to see my dog happy and playful again, its made me so happy and it only took 1 wash with shampoo, i used head and shoulders and it work. many many thanks to this website and specially to Angie. Thanks.

Posted by Angela (Fort Pierce, Florida) on 06/30/2007

[YEA]  I rescued two puppies after Hurricane Wilma and they had a severe case of mange. I took them to my vet and after a series of shots they did get better, however, my entirer family ended up with scabies. Needless to say my female dog got out and became pregnant during her first heat and she delivered a litter of seven pups, not to long ago. Once again my whole family contracted scabies from the puppies after they were weaned from their mother. We have been back and forth to the vet, tried revelution, boric acide, hydro, everything. The one thing I found that cured my dogs, myself and family, was sulfur. We did not have to wait weeks, this occured in days. They felt a million times better after the first shampoo, their hair started to grow back within a couple of days. Sulfur shampoo, soap, spray, and stright powder sulfur is available at most grocery stores for $3 for shampoo, $2 for a bar of soap, these are in the shampoo section for humans, if you do not see sulfur products, ask you pharmisit and they will lead you right to them. Sulfur is also a great cure for human nail fungus. Blessings,

Replied by Bob
St, Mo.
Thanks for the input, I'm going to try it.
Replied by Deb
Kelowna, Bc
What did you all do with the sulphur powder? I am going crazy as my two dogs myself and daughter all have it. Did you have to treat the whole house as well? Thanks for your help.
Replied by Teasa51
Kingsport Tn
How in the world did u find sulfur in drug store? I finally found some at pharmacy when I told situation and it was behind counter, but I've had dog to vets until the zapped my bank. I got her on revolution and give bath 3 times aweek

Posted by Mark (Jacksonville, TX)

[YEA]   1 part water soluble sulfur, 1 part calamine lotion, 1 part aloe vera liquid:

mix in large pot, add 1 gallon sterile water,and bring to slow boil. reduce heat, and simmer 20-30min. Let cool. Wash dog with solution let air dry on animal, do not towel off. Works in 1-2 treatments shows results in most cases within 1st. week. Complete recovery within 3-4 weeks. Remember not to allow re infection by removing old bedding,and spraying area with good insecticide. Keep animal and family healthy by good hygiene practices.

Supplements to Build Immunity
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Posted by Joe (Nj, Usa) on 11/18/2014

I am currently treating my bulldog mix with ivermectin and started using the hydrogen/borax today. I wanted to add he got this after vaccines and being on a dewormer.

So I am working on his immune system. Colloidal silver daily, olive leaf extract, dmg, probiotics, and colostrum. These are very effective and proven to greatly enhance the immune system in humans or dogs. I can not speak highly enough of these supplements. Colloidal silver alone kills almost any pathogen including ebola.

A strong immune system is key in humans and animals.

Tea Tree Oil Soap and Lemon Juice
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Posted by Animal Gaurdian (Vt) on 04/11/2014

[YEA]  My Sammy/Chow/Border Collie/Malamute/Wolf mix had a TERRIBLE case of Demodectic mange which I completely healed by frequent bathing with organic tea tree oil soap followed by diluted organic lemon juice rinses.(allow time for the tea tree to sit on the skin for several minutes) I also used BHI Hair & Skin (homeopathy) supplemented with Vitamin C and Vitamin E., and an organic mushroom complex for immune support.

It took about a month but he was completely cleared. His fur started growing back nicely. Hope this helps. AG

Vaccination Connection
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Posted by Marianne (Berlin, Germany) on 01/09/2012

Hello, I just found this website and haven't read all the answers yet but I think I have something to contribute. We have a demodectic dog and at first went the "normal" vet way without any success. But knowing what I know now I am not the least bit surprised because if you checked into some other matters you will realize that this desease is caused by the traditional treatment this being vaccinations, dead food, antibiotics, deworming meds etc. So with all those so-called treatments we made matters worse for our dog.

Since some of you are very desperate I want to share the 2 articles which you should read at once. You will find out why nothing will cure this disease if you keep on going to vaccinated your dogs and do all those other things the vets are recommending. I want to mention that since about 20 years I am researching the subject of vaccination very thoroughly (mainly for humans but it goes for animals just as well) and know that a lot of people are just denying all the evidence that speak against vaccs and they are very outspoken and downright hateful and aggressive about it (talk about freedom of choice! ). So you have to make up your mind, whether you want to believe in facts or propaganda.

Anyway, here are the links to those 2 articles to start with:


Of course, there is a wealth of information on the internet. Once you get started you cannot stop. Look into both sides of the coin and then decide.

Good luck,


Vapor Rub
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Posted by Julie (McKees Rocks, PA) on 05/26/2009

My neighbor told me to try vapor rub for a Mange treatment; Has anyone ever tried it? Thank You.

Replied by Angelica
High Point, Nc
[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   I did try the vapor rub and it only helps with the scratching and licking for about 2 hours then she sleeps so I guess it soothes her at night I apply it and Im looking for something else... because she walks around stinking like medicine....ewww....but shes not scratching for awhile and can sleep because I think it cools her down with the medicine.