Hi Theresa and all you lovely people,
I have read through most of the post on treating mange with borax and food grade 3%h202. I have 2 dogs both 6 years Old. One is a German shepherd and the other Chocolate Labrador. To cut a long story short they both were misdiagnosed with allergies for nearly two years and being treated by different vets(holistic, conventional and integrated) for bacterial infections as a result of these so-called allergies. With seeing my dogs suffer and no resolution in sight I took things in my own hands and started investigating as to how to dogs of two different breeds suddenly developed an itch that progressively got worse and to a stage of self mutilation. I started to get red bumps and rashes on my legs, wrists, armpits and ankles in the third year. I concluded that it was sarcoptic mites as both me and my partner have bites on contact with them. The vet agreed as the symptoms and bites on me all tallied up. Since the vets have failed in diagnosing them and their approach to treatment, it has put me off vets completely. Here on started a journey to treat it naturally with Neem oil, Kleen Green Enzymes etc. All these remedies managed the mange but did not eliminate it. I moved home twice to see if this would make a difference but due to a series of events they picked up fleas as well which I treated with DE and was successfully eliminated. Finally, after a year of natural treatment, Moving home, I succumbed to Revolution known as Stronghold in the UK. It did have some effect and I applied it bi-weekly for 4 months with some difference but no elimination. I was then moved to Privonox which is the same as Advantage. This did not do it either.
In these two years I have left my job and work from home to ensure I am with them all the time as leaving them on their own has led to self-mutilation and subsequently pyoderma and bacterial infections. I feed them raw and sometimes cook meals when the bacterial infections are bad but I am managing all the bacterial infection by making a paste with DE and Cold pressed organic coconut oil. This seems to keep them in check. They are supplemented with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Turmeric and Milk thistle tincture, transfer factor plus, probiotics m kefir, and digestive enzymes. I think this regime has kept their health stable despite this nightmarish ordeal. They have a healthy weight and are energetic. I do rotate between Chia seeds, flax seeds, mushroom supplements, etc.
Now, I moved home again 2 months ago. In the rush of moving, I accidentally applied a vial of stronghold and privonox on the dog. The quantity was right just the vials got swapped as one dog was on Stronghold the other on privonox. This seem to have worked and I got very little bites in the next 10 days. I trialled this for the next 1.5 months every 12 days and they seemed better until I felt my shepherd started to have a reaction. They were doing really well on it and although not my chosen option, I was hoping to see an end as in the past two years, not only has my health detiroated but I have been house bound due to them for 2 years now. This led to me getting really depressed and losing friends but these two boys mean the world to me. My relationship with my partner is at a flux but thankfully we are still together. So please don't think I have taken the easy way out by giving them a mix of medication (which I discovered Accidentally) that is not safe. The vets were describing Bravecto and Ivermectin which I am determined not to use. I have stopped the spot on after my shepherd had a reaction and I have now decided to go down the Borax route. The bites are now back after I stopped the spot on treatments. My only problem in the past and now is that my dogs are large dogs and will not go in a bath. They both way 44kgs each. The UK weather doesn't work for bathing them every three days either or regularly for most of the year. So my question is- Can I spray the borax solution on them till they are soaked and let them sit in it for 30 minutes with no towel drying? They seem to have the most itches around their face, arms pits, ears, neck, paws and abdomen?
I am sorry for the lengthy message but I will be grateful for your advise. I am at my wits end but I cannot give up the fight. I want my boys back. Thank you for your time in advance. A worried and exhausted mum of Simba (gsd) and Skye (Labrador). Shilpa xx