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

May 25, 2017

Among other things, your dog may be susceptible to mange – a condition that involves itching, scratching, hair loss, and painful sores. We, like you, don’t want your dog to suffer any more than it already has, which is the biggest reason why we’ve done the research to find ways to treat mange. But, the #1 most effective natural home remedy for mange in dogs comes from our expert contributor, Ted from Bangkok Thailand, who sent us this incredible remedy in 2004. Keep reading to learn the best way to naturally treat mange.

What Is Mange?

We believe understanding the condition itself is one of the most important steps toward treatment. That being said, mange is a common skin disease that is caused by several different species of mites. Your dog normally carries mites in its skin and hair follicles; however, when your dog becomes overpopulated with the parasites or is inhabited by a different kind of the pest, it can cause a mild to severe skin infection.

Three types of mange are common: localized, generalized, and demodectic pododermatitis. Localized occurs in one to two small areas. Generalized affects large areas of the skin or the dog’s entire body. And, demodecitic pododermatitis is situated within the foot and accompanied by bacterial infection – the most difficult to treat.

How Do I Know If My Dog Has Mange?

The earlier you identify mange, the better. So, knowing what symptoms to look for is important. While the symptoms of mange vary depending on which type of mite is present, several symptoms are common no matter the type. Some of the most common symptoms you need to look for to determine if your dog has mange are hair loss, bald spots, sores, scabs, and intense itching. You may also notice reddened skin and a rash or pattern of bumps on the animal’s skin.

Ted’s Dog Mange Cure

Treating mange is no easy task, but the famous contributor, Ted from Bangkok came up with a “streamlined” cure for the condition back in 2002. By following his extensive instructions, your pet should be mange-free in a few simple steps.

Treatment Components

The treatment for mange is made up of three basic components: hydrogen peroxide, borax, and water. When combined in the appropriate ratio, these three components create an effective disinfectant for your dog. You should use this treatment to cleanse your pet’s skin as well as anywhere the animal has been sleeping, playing, laying…By disinfecting areas where your dog has been, you reduce the risk for re-infestation.

Hydrogen Peroxide

The peroxide serves as a natural disinfectant and cleanser for the condition. H202 works through oxidation by adding additional oxygen into the equation and creating an environment in which the mites cannot survive. To create the appropriate solution, you need 1% hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is most widely available in a 3% solution, so you need to add two parts of water to one part of 3% hydrogen peroxide.


Borax is a common household chemical. The compound is effective for killing insects and fungi. It also is a natural disinfectant. So, it can be used effectively to cleanse your pet’s skin and fur. For a more sensitive but still as effective form of borax, look for sodium perborate. Using either form, you will need 3 heaping tablespoons to add to the mixture.


Water simply functions to dilute the hydrogen peroxide and dissolve the borax. This component creates the appropriate solution and makes using the treatment that much easier. To create the solution, you will need 1000 cc of water.

For ease of conversion:  500 cc = 2 cups;   1000 cc = 4 cups.

Treatment Protocol

To effectively utilize Ted’s remedy, you need to follow the protocol as precisely as possible. To begin the treatment, you create the cleansing solution, use it to wash the animal, and then disinfect other areas where the animal has been. It is important to remember not to wash the solution off of your dog or even to wipe your pet dry after rinsing it with the solution as it must remain on the treatment area to be effective.

Mix the Solution

To create the initial cleansing treatment, mix the water, hydrogen peroxide, and borax. The treatment requires 500 cc of 3% hydrogen peroxide diluted in 1000 cc of water. After you have mixed the water and H2O2, add the borax. Measure 3 heaping tablespoons of borax into your hydrogen-water solution and stir until the borax is dissolved.

Cleanse the Animal

After you have created the solution, use it to rinse the animal several times. You need to soak the dog entirely, even in areas unaffected by mange. Soak the animal several times and keep it wet for a period of time. You can use a pail or even a heavy sprayer bottle to apply the solution, but be sure to thoroughly cleanse the dog’s fur and repeat the treatment multiple times. Again, do not rinse the dog’s fur with water and do not pet the animal dry after apply the solution, as both of these limit the solution’s efficacy.

Disinfect Other Areas

After you have sufficiently cleansed the dog, use the solution to spray down and wipe the floors where the dog has been. Also be sure to cleanse its kennel or sleeping area. If it has pillows or blankets, dispose of them to avoid a re-infestation.

Other Considerations

For the best results, follow this basic protocol, and wash your dog at least 1 to 2 times a week with the solution. Additionally you may try neem and mineral oil applied to the dog’s coat, but the borax-hydrogen peroxide-water solution is generally more effective. Adding a pinch of borax (no more than 1/8 teaspoon) to 1 liter of water for your dog also helps treat mange from the inside out.

Ted’s mange protocol is considered the top natural remedy for mange. If you are trying to eliminate mange in your dog, give this treatment a try and let us know how it works for you. Continue reading below for more information from Ted and feedback from hundreds of our readers who have successfully cured mange using Ted's protocol.

Mange Cure Photos
Two of our readers, Caren and LaDonna, sent sent us before and after remedy photos of their dogs. Click here to see the photos and remarkable recoveries from mange using Ted's Borax and Peroxide cure!

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Posted by Kira (La) on 05/25/2017

Hi, 3 weeks ago we adopted a rescue puppy (around 3-4 months old). After 2-3 days with us, he suddenly started scratching himself a lot. We took him to the vet and they said that he has some skin problems and told us to give him Royal Cannin Skin Care Dry food and Histamine against the itchyness. Since then it has getting worse and worse. A week later it was so bad that he was biting his legs as long as they would bleed. We went again to see the vet and they did a scraping test but could not find any mites - apparently this is quite common and the vet said, he still thinks that he has sarcoptic mites. So he did a round of Revolution and gave us a higher dosage of Histamine.

After 3 weeks - we still don't see any improvement and our poor puppy is most of the day busy scratching. The whole night he is restless and doesnt really sleep. He eats/drinks well but in the last days he also seemed more quiet and not really playful anymore. Today I did Teds Mange Treatment for the second time but after the bath he immediately scratches his legs like crazy. He already doesn't have much hair left on his legs and some of the wounds have yellowish crusts. On his belly there are reddish spots and also some parts of the skin has turned black. Every day I apply some coconut oil on his skin and add some fish oil, coconut oil and a half teaspoon of ACV to his food.

Is it usual that he is still very very itchy right after the treatment? A lot of people wrote that after the treatment the dog was less itchy? Like many of you, I feel very helpless and wish I could relief my baby from his discomfort.

Replied by Mary

Dear Kira,

I am sorry your furry new friend is going through this. It sounds like he has systemic infection from scratching and that is making him itch even more. One of our dogs just went through this and it required a round of antibiotics, unfortunately, followed by probiotics. You need to be careful because your dog is so young. I am wondering if his immune system might have been weakened from vaccination shots given at the rescue? I would try probiotics (given in small doses so as not to give diarrhea), baths every 3-4 days using a shampoo for skin infections and hot spots. Vacuuming every day and also steam cleaning the floors and bedding.

He could also have picked up a flea or two outside when you first got him, had an allergic reaction to a flea bite, scratched it and spread the infection to other parts of his body. So maybe fleas and a systemic skin infection is the issue and not mange. Just my thoughts.

Posted by Daisy (Los Angeles) on 02/12/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Ted's cure for mange. My 11 year old dog improved in just two days of spraying her with the solution three times a day.

Replied by Pamela
New York

I have a few questions. I have tried the treatment and the skin looks less red and crusty however both dogs are still scratching as am I. I have vacuumed the whole house and sprayed the mix all over. Is there something I am missing. The dog was misdiagnosed for months by the vet so I am sure we have a bad infestation in our house. Please help??

Replied by Pamela
New York

Ted's mange remedies - been using for 10 days and my dog still itching and bleeding. Any suggestions?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Pamela,

Ted's Mange remedy works well on mange - if you are not getting results you very likely are not dealing with mange. Can you take your dog to the vet for a diagnosis? If you do take your dog to the vet, given that there is a health issue, if this were my dog I would refuse any vaccinations or flea/tick/heartworm treatments at this time and simply ask for a diagnosis of the skin issue. Please report back!

Replied by Leah

What shoukd we do if we are doing this solution but have no way to prevent them from licking??

Replied by Dolores
Pittstown, Nj

After doing Borax and peroxide for mange, can you dry them with hair dryer since my dogs are long hair?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Delores,

You can blow dry your dog, but not right away. The reason being, the longer the solution is wet, the longer the solution works - and you want the solution to work as long as possible. What I do is put the wet dog in either a crate with a towel in the bottom [and a chewy to keep him busy] in a warm room, or let them run about to air dry. After half an hour or so, if they are not fully dry I will use a blow dryer to finish the job.

Replied by Jeff
Spokane Wa

I hear many say, "It gets worse, before it gets better."

Could someone elaborate on this phenomena?

I have been treating my 8 month old Boston for 3 months using the Borax/Peroxide mix; as well as "Happy Dog Naturals"; as well as Neem/coconut oil rubdowns. (not all at the same time mind you)

Still dealing with mange. However.................for the most part, it appears we were keeping the mange population under control. HOWEVER......just recently the symptoms became significantly worse. My Boston has lost almost all of his hair.

I'm wondering if we are in that state of "worse before better".

How long does this 'state' last? In other words.......how long should we wait before taking further action?

If someone could share their experience of "worse before better", I would greatly appreciate it. Sincerely, Jeff

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Jeff,

'Gets worse before it gets better' is the result of mite die off. So for example you dip your dog, the borax penetrates and kills the mites, and now your dog's skin itches like crazy as the dead mites break down and dissolve in your dogs skin. The skin is slowly purified by the blood, but it takes time for the blood to clear the skin so in the mean time your dog itches and scratches and the skin looks way worse than before that first dip. The mite die off can be complicated by a secondary bacterial skin infection, which also causes itching so again the skin looks worse and could be worse, before it heals. You should be at the end of your treatment - your dog *should* be looking better at this point and not worse. Reasons for not looking better at this stage: treatment was not applied as directed, applied sporadically/inconsistently, your dog has a strain of mite that is super resistant, you are dealing with scabies mites and your dog is continually being reinfected because the environment has not been properly cleaned/maintained, or you are not dealing with mites. If you apply the treatment as directed and consistently you interrupt the life cycle of the mites and over the course of 12 weeks you eradicate them from the skin, or at least knock their numbers way down. If you have followed the protocol to the letter and your dog is far worse, you may be dealing with a resistant strain - at which point I would not hesitate to see your vet and discuss options [avoid amitraz dips at all costs] and also consider other skin conditions such as allergies. Please report back!

Replied by Jeff
Spokane Wa

Thank you, Theresa. I believe we are on the road to wellness. I see new hair growth combined with less hair loss. I'll give him 2 more weeks and then re-evaluate. And will post back with an update. Thanks for putting this blog together and helping others! Blessings to you. :)

Replied by Jennifer
Braham, Minnesota

My dog, a black lab/pit has mange and is scared of water bottles and baths. What else can I try? Please help.

Replied by Jim Logsdon

I've had very good success with using silicon oxide (desidin) in my dogs ears to control mites and it worked almost instantly. Desidin has a soothing effect and kills the mites fast. To get the other mites on my dog I will try the Borax solution. But please give Desitin a try.

Replied by Wendy

Could be something else if it's not working.... or the environment is still infested... I would also consider allergies - they seriously can destroy an animal, just like people with massive allergies. Consider changing food, or fasting the dog for a couple days (cats can't fast), switch to a raw food diet or at the very least a wheat, grain free allergy free kibble. I would consider finding a homeopathic vet, you can find some oneline that will skype. I had to use one when we lived in the Bahamas and our guard dog had a reaction to the vaccines he had to get for us to take him into the country. His skin was a mess and so was he, she sent me remedies in the mail and he recovered rapidly. We didn't know about this remedy although I'm not sure if it would have helped ... we did however change his diet to a raw food diet, and added in vitamins, minerals, apple cider vinegar, etc. (as per Dr. Ian Billinghursts books) and within 3 months you would have thought he was a different dog - his coat was like velvet!!! Lots of things to consider, try Facebook groups for homeopathy for dogs, or raw feeding, herbs for dogs etc.

Posted by Karen (Wappinger Falls, Ny) on 01/29/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Worked wonders. Wish I tried this 1st, bought the sulfur dip worked somewhat. Best results was from the magic peroxide, borax mix. This will be the only solution I use. Thank you so much for sharing.😊 I now have a Happy puppy. She is now able to rest.

Posted by Doogie (Brisbane, Australia) on 12/23/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Ted's treatment worked brilliantly on my 1 year old border collie. She had infection around her eyes (goggles), lip fold, and on her nose. She had been back and forth to the vet's for 11 months, receiving a range of different BS diagnoses (none of which included mange) and a range of useless treatments including antibiotics, antihistamines, and several cortisone products. After all this my dog's infection was actually getting worse. I was fed up and went to Earth Clinic and discovered Ted's remedy. I did it exactly as prescribed - doing the baths in hydrogen peroxide + Borax solution twice per week. After 3 weeks the mange infection was completely gone. Plus my dog had about 50% more energy than she did before. This treatment is excellent, and costs almost nothing.

Replied by Car9l

Can you use this solution around their eyes, jaws, nose, mouth and chin?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello CAr9l,

Yes, you can use the solution around the eyes and mouth, etc. I have had it splashed in my own eyes and it did not sting, however I would avoid bathing the eyes with it. It is not harmful if it is swallowed, and is safe for use in ears too.

Replied by Kathy

My golden has got mange so close to his eye. How did you treat your dog's face without getting the solution in his eyes? Help!

Replied by Debbie
Perth, Australia

Hello All,

What a wonderful site this is, and I wished I had found it a lot sooner. I have a question regarding the use of Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide for my 8 year (40kg) female Malamute. Every since I adopted her, she has had a blackish rash under both armpits, sometimes smelly, sometimes not. Vet had said it was pyoderma and that it is almost impossible to get rid of it. We have had years on antibiotics for this. Next is fungus/ringworm through her coat, Vet had said it was a skin infection, again antibiotics did not cure this. Left Laryngeal Paralysis has also been diagnosed, and was told to elevate her food and water bowls, but this seemed to make her cough constantly. Fungal Ear infections for the past 6 years. I am looking at the borax and hydrogen peroxide solution for both of us females and as I understand it the following is the recommended dosage.

1/8 teaspoon to 1 Litre Filtered Water for 1st week

1/16 teaspoon to 1 Litre Filtered Water for 2nd Week

Filtered water (No Borax or Hydrogen Peroxide) for 3rd week

Then start again at Week 1.

I cannot find the dosage amount for the Hydrogen Peroxide 1%, and would appreciate if someone could help.

I am also not sure as to how long to keep at this regime to rid the body of yeast, fungus etc., whether it be 6 months, 12 months or indefinite and would appreciate some more info on this as well.

Thank you EC, I only wish I had found your site sooner, it may have helped me avoid putting my Husky to sleep last week.

Thank you all and keep up the great work!!

Posted by Deirdra (Salem, Oregon) on 11/03/2016
5 out of 5 stars

The borax and peroxide treatment helped my 1 year puppy that was very sick. Her immune system was not good and she had gotten mange because of it and all the yeast on her body. The vet said she didn't have mites because they did a scraping and didn't find any ..two different times. But it is looks like it and smells like it and acts like it..it is Mange. (PS there is a way to get a better reading of mites. If the Vet would use some plastic tape and squeeze the skin the mites will come out. It is a better test than scraping google the new study) And she started having relief right away from the Borax and peroxide mange wash. I did it every 3rd day. Used it for about 2 months. Then had to do stronger things. I had to do Homeopathy, a herbal and vitamin supplement program to help and raw food and probiotic goat milk.

But for a dog that didn't need all I did I think this is great..It helped me get started to get the mites under control and loved it. Try it and you will know within a month or more if that is all you need. Change the food to grain free and more nutritional food..raw and otherwise. But Thank you so much for this cheap help that is often enough for most dogs to get back to health! In the photo you see after a year of treatment she still has some issues on her eyes but we are almost there with all the treatments I listed in this review. Her energy is up and we are finally almost there.

Posted by Hollie (Nephi, Utah.) on 10/20/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you very much for the info here m cat Kiki, who is one of the family picked up mange or scabies I thought he was gonna die he was so bad sick, & scratching like crazy loosing all his fur, he got to the point that he would not eat or rather not eating at all..., then when I found this site with teds remedy That same day I bathed him let air dry, one more bath since then, next week another maybe the last one... He is 5 years old, he is a manecoone, has long hair/fur. it's justice getting beautiful again now 5 weeks ago had first bath and air dry. He handled it pretty well, he is eating, and being him self again, back to being full of energy.... Thank you Ted.

Posted by Suzanne (Huntington, New York) on 07/17/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you Thank you for this simple remedy for treating my dogs sarcoptic mange. Our Vet wanted to treat my 10 1/2 yr old pup with a 2nd round of toxic meds. 1st round didn't work at all. I just couldn't do it. I felt in my heart that it was too damaging to my dog's health. My poor pup was scratching frantically! She was stinky and losing fur. She was becoming nervous, withdrawn and sad. The scratching was driving us crazy too. I followed your directions, bathed the dog and covered her with the Borax solution. Air dried. WOW!!! What a difference that 1st night. She actually had a peaceful sleep and so did we. Still some scratching the next day but a HUGE difference. A miracle. Applied the 2nd treatment a few days later. She is starting to get back to her old self...energetic, playful and hungry. Going to keep treating her with this solution until I feel she is completely cured. Why didn't the Vet offer this simple solution that is non-toxic for my dog? What a shame that others don't know about this. Thanks again!!!!

Replied by Susan

I've used this treatment about once annually when my Yorkie gets mange. I normally keep her inside because there seems to be a correlation between allowing her outside around our duplex and her outbreaks! I treat her 2-3 in a week and then once a week for 3 weeks and she's always recovered her coat quickly where she's scratched. This time I think I caught it quickly so she might not even have any extreme hair loss. This treatment works!!

Replied by Cd9921

I rescued a stray puppy that a friend found he is about 8 weeks old. He appears to have Sarcoptic mange, he itches a lot ( with no fleas on him) and his ears have scabs from where it looks like he scratched them raw.

I have given him a bath twice and immediately after it both times he appears to be scratching even more, is this common?

Replied by Irina
10 posts

You may want to try "lemon cream"- it is simply lemon skins boiled and after they sit awhile, take "slimy" part and rub into the skin (cover you puppy, including the very tip of tale), let it sit for a few minutes, rinse (or you can delete lemon juice- and do the same- lemon juice will sting more)- this is a recipe from Juliette of the Flowers (veterinarian who treated animals with natural remedies).

Replied by Roosmarie
South Africa

Please help me by looking at the image and tell me if it is mange.

Sydney Australia

Rosemarie, follow ted's mange protocol which is on here. You also need to look at diet all raw no processed food, primrose oil, rub coconut oil into bare patches, probiotics or yoghurt and dont forget the omega threes. Try these please report and report ack because there are plenty of other things but its not a overnight cure.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Roosmarie,

Can you tell me more about this picture? What am I looking at - what part of the animal? How old is this animal? If I were to guess, this looks like an inflamed skin fold and yeast may be the culprit, but again with no reference it is hard to know if I am close. Thanks.

Replied by Bayleasmom
Rock Hill

Question-is this effective for demodectic mange cases too? My poor baby (yellow lab/maloise german shepherd mix) has battled "something" her entire life (12y); unfortunately nothing has worked and we've spent thousands of dollars at a few different vets with no cure and the last had her on kidney failing medications so willy nilly that her 100lbs dropped to 78 before I finally said no more "upping " the dosage, it's not helping her but it's killing her! Well we stopped taking her there and sadly I was laid off not long after and we could only try every known OTC "helpful" fix. We upped the omega oils, tried every shampoo for anti fungal/s. Mange/medicated and or natural cleansing wash, gave her food changes - gluten free/grain free/raw beef & boiled eggs, $80 bags to $20 bags of "stealthy" foods, tried to much yeast production treatments and even tried giving her benedryl daily like an allergy pill as the vet said which has helped a teeny tiny but not really. She literally looks like a rat right now. Her skin on her belly started getting black spots and then led to it basically looking like rhino skin. Then everywhere she could reach she licked, chewed her hair off and the skin is grey splotchy except the raw spots she can reach. Whe gutted her house & painted a mild free paint. Her room - which it literally just a little area off of my husbands workshop that she can access from outside. She has AC/heat change out her cedar shavings regularly. But I'm at my wits end? Does Ted's treatment work for other versions of mange because she look like the demodectic mange except not red? I'm just not sure if it's been known to help with other types of mange? Help?! Thank you!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello BayleasMom,

Ted's Mange Remedy is effective on both sarcoptic and demodectic mange, however what you describe does not sound like mange - it sounds like yeast. But the yeast sounds like it is secondary to the mysterious *something* that has afflicted her all these years. You have gutted her house and her room by the shop - so she is an indoor/outdoor dog but not a house dog. Having her in the house might help remove her exposure to outdoor allergens. But what may help a LOT is getting rid of the cedar shavings. Some dogs are allergic to cedar and pine; when the cedars bloom the pollen can cause many dogs to develop hives with intense itching. If your dog is sensitive to cedar then cedar shavings in her run will cause problems no matter how fancy a food you feed. So get rid of the cedar, do what you can to power wash it out of the run, and remove all traces. No pine shavings, no wood shavings, no cedar shavings. It might mean newspapers if you have to line her run. Use a clean blanket or few for her house to sleep on and wash the bedding weekly. Even though you are not likely to be dealing with mange I would go ahead and give Baylea a dip in Ted's remedy as it is a good overall skin cleanser and if she is dealing with yeast or a staph infection on her skin the dip will bring some relief.

You mention grain free food - great start. Because of the complications of the skin infection, consider starch free/low carb diets as starch feeds yeast. Consider battling the yeast from the inside out by adding baking soda, borax or epsom salts to her drinking water.

If you are dealing with yeast try adding 1/16 teaspoon of epsom salt in 1 liter of drinking water for 2-3 days - max; this is not intended for long term use, just to nip a break out in the bud. When you stop the epsom salt in the water you can then start adding 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of water; do this for 5-7 days. This is a 'break out' or crisis dose. After a week you can cut it back to a maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. If you suspect a fungal component you can add 1/16 teaspoon borax along with the baking soda in 1 liter of water. In acute and extreme cases 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water is indicated. Many humans take 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon borax in 1 liter of water daily as a detox and antifungal/antiyeast, so long term use is not an issue, however all these remedies are something you should 'play by ear' and should be adjusted as you see fit. The water additives address mineral deficiency issues and should be addressed first.

I would also consider adding probiotics to help rebuild the healthy flora in her gut. Some use plain yogurt but I prefer buying acidophillus from the health food store - many brands and strains so I would just buy one bottle and give am and pm with food and when that bottle is empty buy a different brand with different strains of bacteria and so on and so on.

Please get Baylea off the cedar chips, and try treating her water, give her a dip in Ted's remedy and then please report back!

Replied by Ktk

HELP. I have been reading the post and I am going to try the borax and peroxide solution. I have been dealing with what I think are mites. The vet did the scrape several times with a neg. results. (which I guess is common) I have four dogs and they all have the itchy skin with red bumps now. I have tried everything and we have now gotten bites.

So my question is, if I use the solution on the dogs can it be used on people too and does anyone know a good "bomb" to use in the house to rid of them? Thanks for any advice. I just want my babies to have some comfort.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Ktk,

4 dogs with itchy skin and now you too? My first thought is fleas - although sarcoptic mange/scabies is a possibility, but for you it would give you a nasty rash and not just a red bump here or there. I would first treat for fleas and then see if things improve.

One of the easiest, safest, fastest and cheapest ways to treat for fleas is the lamp flea trap. Get a small desk lamp - nothing fancy, cheap from the thrift store works just fine. Place it on the floor in the area where your pet sleeps and then place a white plate or shallow dish under the lamp. Add water and a some dish soap. Mix the soap into the water, don't get it sudsy just blend it in. Turn the lamp on overnight and then check to see what you have caught in the morning. I have a lamp trap in each room of my house - it works to catch mosquitoes and other bugs, not just the fleas.

For the dogs' itchy skin, make sure you are feeding a grain free diet - read the ingredients on the dog food bag and if you see corn or grain it is time for a grocery upgrade and grains in the diet have been directly linked to skin issues in dogs. Alkalizing the water may help, as well as adding probiotics to the diet. Treating each dog with Ted's Mange Remedy may provide temporary relief from the itching as it cleanses the skin.

Please report back!

Replied by Traci
Grand Blanc, Mi

Do you put a cone on your dog after the treatment, how do you keep them from licking it off?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Traci,

You don't need to use a cone or prevent your dog from licking the solution, it is safe to ingest in small amounts [in large amounts will cause loose stool]. The key is to stand your dog in the tub with the wet solution for at least 20 minutes - half an hour is better. In my experience, if you leave your dog wet in the tub with the active solution for half an hour, drying him off with a towel after the time is up is not an issue.

Replied by William

Does the solution need to be adjusted based on the size of the dog that needs to be treated? This might sound like a foolish question but I was wondering what to do for a medium to large size breed. I want to make sure before doubling the size not knowing whether or not it would become 'toxic' if I do.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello William,

The solution does NOT need to be adjusted based on size. The solution is NOT toxic when used for bathing, however if for whatever reason your dog somehow drank a few cups it might have very loose stools.

Posted by Willowmoon (North Carolina) on 07/13/2016

I have a few "stray" dogs that come to my house and like to stay in the old shed. One, a great Pyr, was a matted mess with lots of hotspots, I groomed him best I could and trated the hotspots naturally. They are gone and his skin looks much better. But I believe he has mange as he itches fervently and his gorgeous fur is thinning quite a bit. The two other dogs, a pit mix mom and her puppy (there were two, but one just wasn't there one day. These are big puppies as their dad is the great Pyrenees) are super itchy. Mom has super short thin fur and little scabs all over. The male puppy has patches of fur missing and has the rings around his eyes. From what I've read here it sounds like he has demodectic mange.

Unfortunately I think my two dogs have sarcoptic mange, or whatever the Pyrenees has. I am going to give this solution a try. My concern is if it will sting and burn any cuts etc...Especially on the mom. I don't see any open wounds, just old scabs.

All three are the sweetest things ever and I cant bear to see them hurt/itching so badly. The local shelter would just put them down because of the mange.

Posted by My Best Friend George (Payson, Utah) on 06/05/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My best friend George is a 12 year old Pyr who has suffered with a skin condition for 2 years. Not once did I even consider that he may have mange. We have had multiple (pointless) visits to the vet and were told that aging dogs frequently lose their hair and develop allergies, bumps & sores. He has been treated with antibiotics then double antibiotics and for the last year been on numerous "trial diets" to discover what he is allergic to and all without any relief to my poor best friend. I have felt helpless and have even thought at times I was going to lose him. One week ago I found this article which immediately made me think that my dog has mange!!! He has had his second bath in this miracle solution and is already healing, sleeping without scratching and biting all night, feeling at least 5 years younger and looking so much better. It breaks my heart that it has taken me so long to find something that finally offers him relief and comfort. Thank you! Thank you!

Replied by Linda

How do you mix this solution? My dog has mange & been using the medicated shampoo & happy jack mange spray. Used it one time & noticed that it made her sick & that was three days ago and she still not feeling well. So we gave her a bath seemed to be feeling a little better but she is throwing up again. Really need to get her to feeling better. Thanks

EC: Hi Linda,

Please read our overview article in this section for detailed instructions:http://www.earthclinic.com/pets/dog_mange_cure.html

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Linda,

Your pet may be having a toxic reaction to an overdose of the medicated bath + mange spray. If this were my dog I would strongly consider seeing the vet for accidental poisoning and check blood for organ function. If that is out of the question you might consider giving your dog activated charcoal - you can buy capsules at most health food stores. Homeopathic Nux Vomica may also be indicated. Please report back.

Posted by Louise (Canada) on 05/05/2016
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

I am trying the Borax/Peroxide solution and it seemed to be helping but the last couple of days there has been a lot of itching again. I did the treatment 3X the first week then have been doing it once a week since, for a total of 6 treatments.

My dog did throw up the first time as she licked off some of the solution, so I put a cone on her after that, treated the entire body then when she was dry and I could take the cone off, sprayed the head and ears a couple of hours later. Maybe this is where I went wrong? I am also having trouble getting the head wet enough without getting it in the eyes or near the mouth (which might cause vomiting again).

Anyway, need some help, the first 5 treatments seemed to show improvement but the last one just seemed to cause more itching.

She is mostly scratching at her ears and the insides of her legs and armpit area. She did have red bumps at one point and I did treat with a topical pesticide at that time and the bumps did not come back but the itching returned so I then decided to try the Borax/Peroxide solution rather than give a pesticide again.

Any suggestions?


Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Louise,

I would try apple cider vinegar. 1 cup water plus 1 cup organic apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the itchy areas a few times a day or as needed. If the skin is broken though I would use 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 1/2 cups water.

~Mama to Many~


I have tried the Apple Cider Vinegar several times and it does help with the itching for a short time but does not resolve the problem. I am also putting it in her water daily.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Louise,

It does NOT sound like your dog has mange. And while Ted's Mange remedy is a good place to start with an itchy dog, now that you have given these treatments with mixed results, I think you can rule out the mange. It sounds like your dog has itchy allergy skin - this is JMHO.

I have found that natural remedy rinses and dips tend to have a lasting or working effect for about 24 hours, so you may find it helpful to dip your dog daily or every few days. I would consider dipping in white vinegar and water - 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water and see if that helps calm the skin; you can also use this to rinse out the inside of the ears IF they are not raw from scratching.

What will help is getting to the root of the problem, and in many cases itchy skin is directly related to diet. So take a peek at your dog food label and read what is in it; if you find corn/grains in the ingredient list you might find changing to a grain free diet without added sugar, colors and dyes will help tremendously.

Please report back!


Thanks for the suggestions ... I did go down the allergy route at first, changed the food etc. But both of my cats (outside in the barn) have this same thing plus a friend of mine (that travels with me to dog stuff) also has the same thing in her 5 dogs. So clearly it is something that they all can catch, that is why I ruled out allergies and demodex. My friend is also having trouble getting rid of it and also tried the Borax/Peroxide solution and the same thing happened for her - it seemed to be working for a while then stopped working and the scratching started again.

Replied by Louise

I guess I should mention to that her skin looks good, there are no red areas right now, though there were red bumps that turned into crusty scabs at one point (but those have not returned).

She has never had food with any grain in it, since a puppy. She was getting homemade food for the first year and then I switched her to a dried raw food. When the itching started I went back to the homemade food but there was no improvement. I then switched her to Orijen Tundra and nothing changed, still scratching.

She does have times when it seems to be under control (the last couple of months), but just when I think it is gone back it comes again.

When I gave her the topical pesticide (which I really didn't want to do), the scratching pretty much stopped for a couple of weeks, then slowly and gradually started again.

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

Hi Louise,

I have a cure that I heard works, I personally have't tried it as I have never had too, but here goes, it is an Australian solution:

Make a lotion of minced garlic to rub onto animal's body:

Mince 30 to 40 cloves garlic place in gallon container. Pour boiling spring water and keep the container covered to prevent evaporation of oils. Use as a lotion by rubbing on to animal daily. Continue until condition clears up.

If you go this way please let me know how you go as I've never given this out before. Thanks

Replied by Louise

Is this solution for the itching or is it supposed to kill mange?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Louise!

What pesticide did you apply that gave you good results?

While demodex is not contagious, sarcoptic mange IS, and if you are seeing this spread in your pets and your friends pets who socialize with your pets it is something to consider. Sarcoptic mange requires not just treating the animal but the environment - please read up and see if that sounds like what you are dealing with.

Red bumps that turn into crusty scabs - when I have seen it in my dogs - has been allergy related. It could be a pollen allergy, blowing in on the wind, or a contact allergy to a certain substance - grass. And it also could be a flea bite allergy; this is why I am curious about the pesticide that worked for you.

You might find of benefit alkalizing your dogs drinking water with baking soda; this helps balance their PH which improves the entire body system and can make them less appealing to fleas.

Please report back!

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

Louise, another thing you can try is CURASH. It is a powder that is for babies, but it helps with itchy dogs. Not sure if you can buy it there but maybe it's under another name there.

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

Hi Louise, the cure I gave you is suppose to help both.

Replied by Louise

My dog, my two cats and my friends 5 dogs all have this - so that rules out an allergy and demodex.

I did use Revolution at one point because nothing else was working, the itching did stop for a couple of weeks. I used it 3X and each time the itching did stop for a couple of weeks but then it returned. I didn't want to continue to put this type of pesticide on her so decided I would try the Borax/Peroxide solution. It seemed to be working well for about a month then stopped working.

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney Australia

Louise, it sounds like it is contagious, you are wise not to use pesticides, it wouldn't hurt with probiotics as well, you have a few suggestions up your sleeve but remember nothing is a overnight cure.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Louise,

This, briefly on Revolution:

"What is Revolution?

Revolution is a ... monthly topical medication used to protect your pet from heartworms, fleas, and ear mites. It also protects dogs from ticks and sarcoptic mange .... Revolution ... requires a prescription from your veterinarian. (3 Pack = 3 doses which lasts 3 months.)"

Source: http://www.1800petmeds.com/

If you are dealing with something contagious, which it appears you are, and the Revolution was effective when you used it, the most likely contagious culprits are fleas and sarcoptic mange [not demodectic mange]. Sarcoptic is itchy and can easily be caught from your pets going outside and messing in squirrel poop - that is how one of mine caught it. And fleas are everywhere.

You said Ted's Mange remedy worked only temporarily- how long did you use it? One dip and it lasted a month or??

I can see you and your friend taking your pack out to an area and picking up something that may have been sprayed on the grass that would cause them to itch, but the cats too? Unlikely, unless your dogs sleep with your cats. So again back to the contagious pest thinking. Hm!

You might try a simple flea trap. Use a small desk lamp on the floor and place a white dish/saucer with water mixed with dish soap underneath the bulb. Place in a pet area or where your pets hang out, and turn it on and leave it on overnight. Check in the morning and see what you have caught.

Please report back!

Replied by Louise

Yes, I am pretty sure it is sarcoptic mange.

Revolution did control it temporarily but didn't eliminate it, and I did treat more than once. In both the cats and the dog

I think it came in on one of my barn cats. They do come up on the deck and do sit on the step so would easily spread to the dog when she went outside. Either that or my dog picked it up from my friends dogs.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Louise,

Ted's remedy is effective on sarcoptic mange, but the problem as you have found is that after treatment your pets are getting reinfected; unless you can get to the source of the infection, this will be a super annoying and uncomfortable cycle. ALL animals will need to be treated and all animal areas will need to be treated to remove the source of infection, with particular attention to bed areas. If I were in your shoes, I would be tempted to treat all of the critters with the topical medication because it would be so much easier than power washing a barn. You might try for a definitive diagnosis of sarcoptic mange before you start.

Replied by Louise

All animals have been treated with the topical stuff from the vet, first Revolution several times then I switched the cats to Advantage as the Revolution did not seem to be working and that is when I started the dog on the Peroxide/Borax mix as I didn't want to give her any more topical stuff.

One cat did have a reaction to the Advantage so I don't know what I am going to give him now as the Revolution did not seem to work.

The dog has been to the vet twice and they did try to find something but nothing showed up. They did say that most of the time they can't find it and it is just easier to treat rather than put the dog through a really deep skin scraping.

Can the Borax/Peroxide solution cause skin irritation, I wondered if that could be the issue?

I really don't want to put any more topical pesticides on the dog if I don't have to, especially after one cat having a reaction.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Louise!

I have heard of Ted's remedy causing skin irritation when used every other day for weeks on end. I have treated demodex by using Ted's remedy every other day for the first three treatments and then weekly there after for a time span of 12 weeks and have had no issues with skin irritation. I did have one of mine catch sarcoptic from the environment and I did do the Ivermectin shot for him and that resolved it, but I know many are hesitant to use ivermectin products. I am with you avoiding the use of topical pesticides if at all possible, particular given the one bad reaction. If you are indeed dealing with sarcoptic there doesn't appear to be anything you can take orally to ward it off, but dosing garlic and / or vitamin B1 may make your pet's less tasty to mosquitoes so maybe it would make them less tasty to mites.

Replied by Louise

It could be skin irritation and I did consider that. I put it on 3X for the first week and then once a week after that for 8 treatments over a 5 week time period. Was working great at first.

Now I haven't used it for about a month and the scratching continues ...

Replied by Jane

My Sicilian Grandmother used garlic as a cure for pin worms it is anti-parasitic. She would mash it up into a paste and put it in the rectum of the child who had pin worms, it would work almost immediately. So it makes sense that garlic water would kill parasites.

Replied by Coreen
Southeast Michigan

Did you try cleaning her bedding and anywhere she might lay? I'm going through this now and one website I was reading says to treat all areas of the house. I'm assuming by treat meaning to clean thoroughly. Good luck! I hope your poor baby gets some relief

Posted by Patricia (Millen, Ga) on 04/05/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I used this remedy on two badly infected young puppies three years ago along with a little borax in their water. They were cured and have had no recurrence. I was given two grown large dogs several months ago who appear to have demodectic mites as they are constantly stopping to scratch. They are quite miserable. I'm going to bathe them and do the borax/peroxide thing again.

Posted by Sylvia (California) on 03/10/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I used Ted's mange cure and it worked fine! But on my dog after using it twice the good skin on her stomach pruned up a bit (like fingers after a long bath) so I rinsed her skin after bathing her in a mild shampoo. This worked fine on my dog and she is doing great! My dog was sensitive to using the mange cure too often. Use it sparingly with some dogs. I would now use it only once only and then see how the treatment affects particular your dog skin type.

Posted by Lisa (San Francisco Ca) on 03/07/2016 11 posts

I just came upon this site and this posting is for the thread about Ted's mange cure.

I have now given two borax-peroxide bath treatments to my dog for his demodex mange problem. I noticed after this second bath today he was oozing quite a bit from the sores on his back and also his paw pads, which are also infected. I am concerned that this oozing will negate the effect of the borax and am wondering if I should dabble more solution on him tonight or tomorrow.

Also, I should add, after these two bath he looks worse - very red and oozing more than the first time I bathed him, two days ago. I have been told to be patient and that the dog can look worse before he looks better. He seems okay now but he was shaking quite badly after his bath and even whimpering. Fortunately he is still eating and drinking and looks fairly stable now. Any advice anyone has to give me about the oozing would be appreciated! Thank you!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Lisa,

Red & oozing = skin infection IMHO. Have you been to the vet for this condition? Did they diagnose mange?

The remedy when I have used it did not sting; that your dog seems ouchy from it means something else is going on.

Dogs with severe demodex can develop a secondary skin infection and it sounds like your dog has gone that route. IMHO conventional antibiotics are helpful here, however you can also use a natural remedy but it can take much longer to take effect. Turmeric and colloidal silver are two remedies that can be helpful here, but there are a host of others as well.

Did you soak your dog in Ted's mange remedy per the directions? The feet being affected/pododemidicosis can be very hard to treat; standing your dog in a vat of the remedy for half an hour would be my approach, all the while pouring the remedy over and over him during the half hour. Some find a small amount of the dip to be effective but if I have to treat - and I use the mange remedy as a general skin funk dip - I make up a big batch and fill a large plastic storage bin for a small dog, or make as much as I can in the bathtub for a big dog. The key is to keep wet and working for as long as you can, and in the case of the feet to have them soaking in the solution.

In your shoes I would strongly consider taking my dog to the vet to check out the bacterial skin infection. I would NOT do an Amitraz dip, though I would consider Ivermectin if you do not see any improvement after 5 dips [every other day].

Also to consider; diet - make sure you are feeding good groceries, no diets with lots of food dyes and grains or corn as these can cause skin problems. You might consider alkalizing your dog's drinking water OR doing Ted's borax protocol for dogs - again in the drinking water.

If this is mange, you will need to treat it 2-3 times a week for up to 12 weeks - so keep in mind this is a long term condition that heals slowly.

Please report back!

Replied by Lisa
San Francisco, Ca
11 posts

Hi Theresa, thank you so much for your response to my post.

About 3 weeks ago I discovered my dog's paw pads were cracking, peeling and oozing a little bit of pus. Concurrently, he had suddenly developed red bumps and scabs and crusty areas on his back and in various other places. Took him to the vet and she did some tests and found yeast everywhere, and an infected ear. Blood tests revealed all his internal organs are healthy. So the vet's first thought regarding the crusty red spots was environmental allergies. My sense, however, was that he had some sort of parasitic skin disease. But I followed her instructions and gave my dog anti-fungal and antibiotics and stopped giving him snacks containing grains. The ear infection cleared up but the skin problem and paws worsened markedly. I came in for my follow up visit and she could see that the skin was worse and talked about just continuing with the antibiotics and anti fungal pills and to add an antihistamine. I gave the dog the antihistamine and it did not help. I called the vet's office back and she took her time getting back to me. I told her I still felt he had some sort of parasitic skin disease and she agreed and said that based on "everything" he probably had mites. I asked her why she didn't think that in the first place and she said because of my dog's age. My dog is 9. She said it's very unusual to see mites in a dog my age. (obviously that sort of floored me.) She told me to come back in for a skin scraping and from there I would need to go to a specialist for canine skin diseases. I have already spent over a thousand dollars and the only thing I got out of it was my dog's ear infection cured. But I'm not all that surprised at how this has gone. This is why I'm here.

Anyway, I completed the antibiotics and anti fungal - they did help his ear but prompted the skin problem to spread. I looked at many pictures of dogs with demodex mange and my dog looks pretty similar: red scabby bumps, crusty spots, some oozing, not a lot of itching, but my dog wants to lick himself constantly. His feet hurt to walk on and he lays around most the day, though he is alert and affectionate and his appetite is great. So, I made a decision not to go back to the vet. Three reasons: I don't think she really knows what she's doing. I can't afford to be ripped off. I don't feel they will cure my dog.

I still firmly believe my dog either has mange or some sort of dermal parasite and so I'm going to commit myself to the borax treatment. If he does not get better at all after six treatments I will know that mites are not his problem. Good news is, he does appear to be slightly better after two baths. Yesterday, in between bath days, I did do an added borax-solution blotting, with a cotton ball, of the areas that are hardened from the dried lymph. I also blotted his feet this evening. I think they're slightly better. He will get another bath tonight. By the way, I said he turned very red after his last bath but the red changed to pink after about two hours. Isn't this an indication that we're dealing with mange?

Sorry this got so long, but I thought it might be good to give you all the details. I really want to make my dog better and I intend to do everything possible. Thank you again for answering my post and I look forward to hearing any advice you have for me.



Replied by Lisa
San Francisco, Ca
11 posts

Oh and p.s. Yes, I've been doing the baths exactly as prescribed. Really drenching him and covering him from nose to tail, everywhere. The solution doesn't sting him, he was shaking because we kept him in the tub for a half hour and he got cold despite the water being warm. Also just from the excitement and stress of the ordeal. I was told not to wrap a towel around him and so we warmed the house but it was still too cold for him to be wet for so long. Next time I'm going to lay a few towels over him. I'd also like to post some pictures of him. Can I do that here?

Thanks again!

Replied by Lisa
San Francisco, Ca
11 posts

I gave my dog his third bath tonight and things are looking very good. He's improved and I'm feeling very good about this. I just posted a longer more detailed description of how he's doing but ran into some technical glitch so I don't know if it went through or not. Anyway, everything's going well and I will continue on with it!


Replied by Lisa
11 posts
5 out of 5 stars

My dog just got his 4th borax bath tonight and he is dramatically improved. His red spots on his body are about 80% gone - and it's been just a week. His feet, however, still have a ways to go. It's very tricky with the feet because apparently when mites set up house in the paw pads they bore in very deeply. His paws are still a bit swollen, so I am going to soak just his paws every day. I do also dry them with a cool hair dryer after the soak so it gets good and dry between his toes. (It's not always easy to get him to lay still for that! )

Anyway, this treatment is incredibly effective if you do it exactly as you're supposed to. I am also giving the dog borax in his water. 1/8 teaspoon per liter/quart. I will stop that as soon as the swelling in his paws goes down.

Replied by Lisa
San Francisco Ca
11 posts

My warning is about Tea Tree oil, but I'll get back to that later... It's been over a week since I last posted. Everything is going great with my dog's skin problems (which I believe was either mange or a really bad fungal infection; he had red crusty sores everywhere and his paw pads were infected). So it's all going well except for my dog's feet which are a major challenge, just as I was warned. They are still a little scabby and crusty and the front paws are still oozing a little and somewhat swollen. So what I'm doing now, in addition to the bi-weekly borax treatment, is on the rest of the days standing him in the tub after putting in about two inches of warm water combined with two to three tablespoons epsom salts and two tablespoons milk of magnesia. He soaks in this for about 20 minutes and we swish the water between his toes and gently squeeze and flush the ooze out. He has been showing improvement, but it's been very incremental.

So, that said, I had a horrible experience yesterday. I applied tea tree oil to his feet in hopes of speeding things up. Instead he had a terrible reaction to it -- he turned red all over and developed a fever of 104.2 degrees. Needless to say I was really frightened but I suspected it was the Tea Tree oil so I gave him an epsom salt soak in the tub for 20 minutes to get the stuff off of him. I then took him out, put him on his bed and put a fan on him to cool him down. Then I gave him ice water and steak pieces. His fever broke soon after the bath and the steak. So I would say STAY AWAY FROM TEA TREE OIL!! It even made me sick, just inhaling the fumes. Awful!

EDIT and UPDATE - May 8 2016

Turns out the problem with my dog's feet was auto-immune disorder. Probably an affliction called pemphigus foliaceous. Found this out by taking him to a different Vet who was more experienced. He was put on Prednisone which put it into remission, and he's now doing well and phasing off the drug. I'm adding Curcumin to his med routine and hoping I can soon eliminate steroids entirely. I'll be trying medicinal mushrooms too.

Replied by Lisa
San Francisco Ca
11 posts

I am following up on my initial posting of March 3,2016. It had been suggested by my vet that my dog might have mange because he wasn't responding to the medications she gave him for yeast and allergies - he still had red spots & little scabs all over his back. So I had decided on my own to try the borax/peroxide baths, because that is known to be helpful for either mites or a fungal infection so I figured it was worth a try. I did give my dog a series of Borax baths (about 6 total) which hugely improved the red spots on his back and legs, but did nothing for the more major problem with his paw pads. I did finally go to a new vet last week and she immediately diagnosed him with autoimmune skin disease. My dog was prescribed Prednisone. It's been three days on this medication and my dog is walking again for the first time in two months and it is really a rather amazing improvement. So, overall she said he had chronic yeast with the development of this autoimmune problem. The chronic yeast may or may not have led to the autoimmune situation. Anyway, this drug my dog is now on is one that comes with a price if it's continued for a long time, so as soon as I can I'll be phasing off of it and into natural immune supporting supplements. I've heard good things about medicinal mushrooms, like Reishi, for the treatment of autoimmune problems. But I have much to learn on this subject!

Regarding the Borax baths-- I don't regret trying the Borax treatments because they did help with his yeast, and the baths certainly did no harm. I had also been soaking his feet in Epsom salts regularly, which I think helped detox him. So anyway, now I need to learn all I can about natural methods for keeping my dog's immune system healthy and normalized.

Replied by Lisa
San Francisco, Ca
11 posts

Hi Theresa, thank you so much for your response to my post. I am updating and changing this post which was originally posted on March 8th. It is now April 27th and I've learned a lot about my dog's illness. He did not have mange.

I recently took him to a new vet and his skin problems and the chronic inflammation of his paw pads was identified immediately as autoimmune disease: pemphigus foliaceus. This is why the borax treatment didn't work on the paws. (Oddly, it did appear to help with the red spots on his body.) Anyway my dog was prescribed prednisone and his feet were on their way to healing in less than a day. The borax baths did not harm him, and ultimately everything led to the right treatment. Now I will need to educate myself on natural remedies for Pemphigus foliaceus. Prednisone has to be taken with great caution and I'm hopeful that I can find herbs or a medicinal mushroom combo that will normalize his immune system.

Cheers, Lisa

Replied by Lisa
11 posts

As it turns out, my dog did not have mange, he has an autoimmune problem. I found a great new vet last week and she was able to diagnose him immediately. Prednisone was the treatment that finally worked for his paws. The red spots that looked like mange apparently were some sort of allergic reaction. Anyway, my dog is doing great now. Sometimes it really pays to switch vets -- don't even hesitate to do that if things aren't going well for you pet.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Lisa,

So glad to hear that you got a diagnosis! I found this to be a very informative veterinary article on this condition - it covers various medications and cautions about weaning off of the steroids carefully:


Please keep us posted on what you find helps boost /normalize your dogs immune system.

Replied by Jane

Tea Tree oil is a pretty strong oil, you probably should have cut it with a carrier oil. Oregano oil is powerful stuff and it is a hot oil. I've accidentally doused myself with oregano oil and it feels like you are literally on fire. The only way to stop the burning is to slather on a carrier oil to cut the hot oil. Like coconut, almond, olive, etc. I did this because I was battling a really bad flu, once I cut the oil and the burning wore off, I felt like a million dollars. I recovered that day. So it is powerful but you have to know how to use it.

Replied by Michelle
London England Uk

Hi, I have just been reading your post about the red sores and oozing puss, bad ear infection, and your poor dog sounds like he has a cute moist dermatitis or a more common name for it is hotspots, my dog has suffered with it, like you it took me thousands of pounds at the vets for them to tell me it was an allergy, to what? They didn't know, wanted to do more tests, more money I didn't have, so googled hot moist dermatitis took a look at the pics and found many non expensive normal things you can try to treat it, I have tried many different things, non of which have harmed my dog I would like to add, but the one thing that cleared it up 80% and helped was coconut oil, I smoothed the oil on the parts effected and inside his ear, I also gave him a small spoonful ( he is a big dog by the way) ir, a pinch of turamic and an anti histamine in his dinner every night. If your unsure Google the benefits of coconut oil in dogs and the benefits of turamic in dogs, you will be surprised I know I was. Good luck my friend

Replied by Lee
0 out of 5 stars

My dog is also worse after using this for the 3rd time. Under his arms are very red and bumpy. He's so itchy and dry. Did this go away with your dog? If so how long did it take? Thank you.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Lee,

Ted's Mange remedy works on many other skin issues - not just mange. However if not nipped in the bud early on, some skin issues can get out of control. It sounds like your dog may have secondary skin infections going on. To get a handle on this you need to look at the big picture. Are you feeding a quality diet? Diets with grains - corn, wheat, soy - have been linked to skin problems in dogs and doggie 'leaky gut' which causes sensitivities to food and other things. Consider alkalizing and also Ted's Borax Protocol for dogs to help treat a systemic yeast infection from the inside out. Consider topical application of coconut oil, or topical creams boosted with healing essential oils such as lavender. Your dog may benefit from wearing a t-shirt to protect the raw skin, as well as a good nail trim/file to limit the damage the nails do when your dog scratches. Oral supplements of turmeric. quercetin and yucca can help with inflammation and oral colostrum along with vitamin C, found at health food stores, may help boost your dog's immune system.

Replied by Debra

My dog has an eye autoimmune disease. I have read on several sites, that Krill oil is really good. Also, I do a apple cider vinegar rinse. Two tablespoons in two cups of water for a good rinse. Also put 1/2 drops of Thyme oil, or lavender in bottle of natural shampoo. Also, if a flare of itching happens, I have a bottle of acv/water mixture that I can spray on area before she scratches too much. A few days a week, I give her a slice of garlic that has been chopped, allowed to sit for 15 mins. before putting in her homemade dog food. So far, yeast is very under control. I just started her on the krill oil, should know in a month or two if it is helping. I also give all my dogs and cat, a few drops of coconut oil and a few drops of olive oil. And give a high quality probiotic. If the guts bad, it shows on the skin. Many, many dogs are showing signs of leaky gut. They will have all of infections and health issues.

Posted by Priscilla (California) on 01/26/2016
5 out of 5 stars


I had a dog that would scratch yet I could not find any fleas on her! And she didn't smell good so I kept her as clean as I could. She started to wake me up at night with her scratching.

I had no idea she had mange until I found a couple bald spots on her upper back legs.

So I tried "Ted's Mange Cure" and followed directions. I used 4 cups of water, 2 cups of hydrogen Peroxide and 3 heaping tablespoons of Borax powder. She is 99% better and she no longer has an Odor! She still has a couple tiny hot spots but I've only tried the treatment 2 times! I am going to continue to treat my dog as I'm sure she will be 100% OK with more treatment. When you soak or spray the dog do not pat the coat dry, let solution soak in. Since it's cold this time of year I use the blow dryer on my dog in a warm bathroom and dry her off.

Thanks EarthClinic and Ted from Thailand!

Replied by Leonard
Hampton, Ga

What type of Borax do I use? Thank you.

EC: Look for 20 Mule Team borax in the laundry aisle of larger grocery stores.

Replied by Priscilla

Hi Leonard!

Sorry but I didn't see your post until today at night. I use 20 Mule Team Borax for the mange solution. I make my own Laundry detergent my husband found on line (Rebecca's Homestead) so I luckilyhave Borax on hand at all times.

My dog was washed and I used Ted's mange cure formula yesterday and my dog smells nice and isn't scratching. I noticed that she slept though the night comfortably. And in the morning she had some itching near the back legs. I divided the formula in half (my dog is small) for the hot spots, again 2 cups of warm water, 1 cup 3% peroxide, 3 heaping teaspoons of Borax (20 Mule team). And I dab the hots spots with cotton balls. You can also use a spray bottle on the dog.

Today she is just lying comfortably on her bed not itchy. Works so well. Remember not to pat dry or towel the dog. But I do use the blow dryer because its cold right now.

Replied by Michelles
Penticton, Canada

Ted's cure - I have a question about the solution, I have tried the solution for a few weeks, but the scratching occurs the day after I have dipped my dogs.

If I mix up a large batch in a tub to dip them in.... Can I reuse the solution or do I need to mix up a new solution each time?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Michelle,

The solution has a working life of 12 to 24 hours and generally does not keep.

Are you treating for mange - or are you using the dip to treat for itchy skin?

Posted by Karen (Athens Greece ) on 01/01/2016
1 out of 5 stars

Our 5 month amstaff has suffered with mis diagnosis from many vets and negative skin scrappings. We have done Ted's remedy 3 times in 1 week, boosting immune system too but she still is rapidly loosing hair and biting scratching herself raw - no relief even for a few mins after treatment. She also goes bright red and covered in spots after rinse in solution.

How often should we apply treatment, why does she still itch so bad, how can we treat ring around eyes which is spreading to rest of face and any other words of advice? Thanks.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Karen,

I read your post and a few things stick out to me; you seem to be hitting this demodex mange with everything you have and no improvement: what you are missing in this equation is TIME. It takes time for this condition to resolve - it will not go away after hitting it with the mange remedy 3 times in 1 week - you are looking at 12 weeks of treatment using the mange remedy alone.

The 'goggles' around the eyes sound like demodex; the intense itching does NOT. It sounds like you may have a few things going on here, some of which may require a trip back to the vet.

First things first: you believe you are dealing with demodex [after negative skin scrapings]; you do not mention if your girl is spayed, but the stress of puberty can bring on a demodex outbreak. Do not spay your girl immediately - but consider it AFTER she is healed from this crisis.

Diet is critical - are you feeding top shelf groceries? Read the ingredients on the dog food bag and if you see corn or grains in the first 10 you need to switch to a meat based diet as the food you are feeding will contribute to the health of the skin.

Consider alkalizing your dog's drinking water with baking soda. This can work wonders and is simple and cheap.

As for the mange remedy, mix it up as recommended and dip every other day for the first week [sounds like you did this already] and then every 2-3 days for the next 2 weeks; again you are looking at a run of 12 weeks of treatment.

The red spots that are very itchy sound like they could be a skin infection /secondary bacterial skin infection. If this were my dog I would not hesitate to see the vet for a prescription of antibiotics to treat the staph infection - and I would also dose a *short* course of steroids to deal with the itching - this to give your dog immediate relief and to start the healing. If you are opposed to antibiotics and steroids you could try Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy for the skin infection, along with yucca in the food for the inflammation, and also turmeric too for the inflammation and also for its antimicrobial properties.

Topical application of coconut oil mixed with calendula and also lavender oil may help to sooth the skin. Additional dietary supplements of evening primrose oil, coconut oil or omega rich fish oil may also help the skin.

I would also consider the environment; is there something that your dog is coming into contact with that may be causing an allergic reaction/hives? Things like new carpeting, change of laundry detergent or cleaning products may cause red bumps, along with use of spot on topical flea treatments.

Please keep in mind that healing takes time, and that there are no over night fixes. Please report back.

Replied by Diamond

If we are to try & treat our animals naturally I wouldn't suggest giving any one much less my pet/s anitbiotics or steroids they weaken the immune system big time. I use natural probiotics... My dog is very old and very slow at healing so it's taking me a lot of time to care for her, the vet stated that what is outside is also inside/ it stands to reason, so I use probiotics which are the very best, I gave my dog grapefruit seed extract & an hour later Olive leaf extract (or just Olive leaf with GSE) When my dog came into the living-room she bent down as to go to the bath-room & a huge white mass came out of her. I was happy to find these probiotics actually do work wonders.I found it easier to buy capsules & empty them into their food, I also changed from dog food over to people food such as rice & veggies a few days then another few days on good old fashioned Oatmeal with veggies also the best high in vits. is pumpkin I use the can stuff with other veggies.This is a hard task because I am not well but I love my pets, this dog is eighty years old in peoples age.Imagine that? She is the very best pet ever. I cleaned my Papillion but he didn't seem to be affected at all.I also found another site that uses diatomaceous for mange...which I just so happen to have. Because my very older dog is Still digging holes in her skin after four treatments already.I just need to find if I would mix any thing else with this product.Thank You....

Replied by Diamond

If we are to try & treat our animals naturally I wouldn't suggest giving any one much less my pet/s anitbiotics or steroids they weaken the immune system big time. I use natural probiotics... My dog is very old and very slow at healing so it's taking me a lot of time to care for her, the vet stated that what is outside is also inside/ it stands to reason, so I use probiotics which are the very best, I gave my dog grapefruit seed extract & an hour later Olive leaf extract (or just Olive leaf with GSE) When my dog came into the living-room she bent down as to go to the bath-room & a huge white mass came out of her. I was happy to find these probiotics actually do work wonders.I found it easier to buy capsules & empty them into their food, I also changed from dog food over to people food such as rice & veggies a few days then another few days on good old fashioned Oatmeal with veggies also the best high in vits. is pumpkin I use the can stuff with other veggies.This is a hard task because I am not well but I love my pets, this dog is eighty years old in peoples age.Imagine that? She is the very best pet ever. I cleaned my Papillion but he didn't seem to be affected at all.I also found another site that uses diatomaceous for mange...which I just so happen to have. Because my very older dog is Still digging holes in her skin after four treatments already.I just need to find if I would mix any thing else with this product.

Also, did any one know or hear that Mange in dogs... people can get as well? but peoples mange is called Scabies, only to keep people confused.I just thought I would share Thank You...

Replied by Karen
Athens Greece

Firstly thank you Theresa for getting back to me.

She has not been spayed, waiting for this to clear up first. I believe vaccinations lowered immune system, vet recommended diet of home cooked turkey and boiled potatoes for 2 months to reduce allergy like symptoms made immune system worse. Had a cortizone injection to reduce side effects of 3rd booster shots and then a course of steriods for rash that ensued. This gave her a very bad yeast infection even in her mouth. Mites love yeast and subsequently multiplied leaving her covered in what appears to be very itchy red bites and severe hairloss all over.

We give her now royal canin hypoallergenic food plus little extra turkey or salmon for extra protein, Sesame oil, convalescing dog multi vitamins, omega 3, spirulina, echinacea, 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in morning water, very little fresh garlic in lunch. We are also spraying one side of body with apple cider vinegar and water and the other rubbing down with coconut oil to see which helps with itching best.

I think she is probably allergic to the mite bites.

After teds rinse she goes bright red and still itches. Each bath we loose more n more hair.

We have removed all carpets and its winter here! Wash bedding with extra mild baby soap and spray with teds everyday and in her bed n furniture. Brush coat to increase blood circulation everyday and she looses tons of dead skin.

Can we use ted's rinse everyday in beginning? Am I using correct amount of soda? Tell me more about turmeric - dosage please.

We r impatient because we have been on the top from the first day we got her but got wrong advice because of negative scrappings - 3 - which is normal apparently. Next step biopsy and invermectum which we hate the sounds of.

She seems to be getting so much worse. I can supply extra photos. What can we do to cure eyes n face and now its spreading to her tail since we started with teds formula.

I greatly appreciate any feedback . Its consuming our every waking moment - and Kirra's.

Thank you

Seattle, Wa

Karen - Don't lose hope! Our dog had the worst case of mange, it was untreated for like 3 years, antibiotics barely doing anything... we treated him, first 2 months were bad, but we noticed a lot of the itching stopped, but not all of it... he then lost all his hair and then looked terrible (they start to look worse before better! , also super lethargic! )

Then weeks go by, slowly growing hair back... now he looks amazing but not grown all the hair back, but majority! No more scabs! Just keep at it and sooth his or her skin with coconut oil when dry. Maybe get a cone for his head to stop licking and biting. God bless, I hope your dog gets better!

Replied by Karen
Athens Greece

It is recommended to add borax to drinking water. Is this safe? And do u highly recommend it, if so how much?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 12/12/2014

The borax dose is the same regardless of the weight of dogs. In the end small dogs drink less than large dogs. The only difference is the sex of dogs which the female dog requires half the dosages male dogs.

So a female dog is always 1/8 teaspoon per liter dose. And male dogs is 1/4 teaspoon per liter water. Weight is irrelevant.

Borax dosage for 1 week. Then 1/2 dosage in week 2. Stop for 1 week. Resume.


Borax dosage for 4 days, then no borax/water for 3 to 4 days. Continue on/off schedule until ailment clears.

Some reduce the dosage depending on weight of dog to prevent side effects but just know that beneficial effects will also take more time to see results when you reduce the dose.

This is most common dosages, just use common sense. Yes borax can be use for many unexplained conditions of dogs and human for simple reason that most unexplained conditions that cannot be cured with bacteria in majority of cases is fungus or parasites which borax does well but also is essential nutrient for the bones and hormones in mammals.

This modified dosaging has already explained long ago but that posting has been forgotten. Yeast infection and fungus and molds is also treated with borax. But there are other remedies but they not easy to find. Ted

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Karen,

Are you *sure* you are dealing with demodex? It sounds like allergies from my end of the keyboard. Have you had any positive skin scrapings for demodex? Certainly in a normal dog in order to find demodex you would have to put the dog in a blender and the look for demodex after spinning everything in the centrifuge - but in an afflicted dog - from the photo you provided - you would expect to find all manner of mites, dead ones included, without the need of a blender.

Demodex mites do not bite -they eat skin flakes/skin oils/yeasts. When they die their dissolving bodies in the hair follicle DO cause irritation - and typically symptoms get worse before they get better.

You can do Ted's dip every other day; I don't see a need to do it every day, and you have already given a few dips so at this point you should have interrupted the demodex mite life cycle: IMHO dipping every day at this point will only cause the skin to dry out further.

The red bumps sound like hives to me. You had your girl on a chicken and potato diet -this during an apparent systemic yeast infection. The yeast sure loved the potatoes, that is clear. You can do Ted's Borax Protocol for dogs to combat the systemic yeast. 1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 liter water, right?

The current diet you are feeding is rice and soy with chicken fat. If this were my dog I would consider a home made diet using a different protien - beef or lamb or pork even as long as it is a pure source - anything but chicken/poultry [because she got worse on this diet], mixed with rice, oats or barley even. If you know a good chiropractor you might try AK -applied kinnesiology - and test potential diets or foods to see if they are compatible with your girl.

Additional immune booster would be colostrum - from the health food store. 1/2 tsp turmeric in the food helps with inflammation and has antimicrobial properties; consider yucca drops and querceten for inflammation as well.

Topical neem oil, along with diluted lavender essential oil is something to consider. You might consider bathing on alternate days in an oatmeal and lavender shampoo.

I have resisted using Ivermectin in demodex cases because I have breeding animals, however in the case of non-breeding animals I would not hesitate to use Ivermectin in a case such as yours; I would not, however use Mitaban/Amitraz.
Please keep us posted!

Replied by Karen


Thanks again for feedback. Will add turmeric as know it is great for many ailments. After extensive research found animal dermatologist specialising in mange who will be in athens on 14th. Will do biopsy. I agree we will use invermectum and not the other chemicals you mentioned if necessary.

I will definitely keep you updated. Thanks for all your help and concern. Karen

Replied by Ada

I have been dealing with sarcoptic mange in my boston terriers for 6 weeks. I have now made your mixture and followed your protocol. I have soaked my dogs down and I want to know if i can continue this everyday until I see the improvement?

Replied by Jacqueline

Hi thank you for the wonderful advice.

My beautiful Wolfhound Basil has been very distressed with his Mange. We start your treatment today. :)

Another thing we have found very helpful is raw natural honey, my daughter has bees so we have unprocessed unheated fresh honey.

This morning he was furiously licking the sores on his legs and feet while frantically scratching his armpits.

I applied honey to the affected areas and instantly he is a different dog, No licking nibbling or scratching, albeit a little sticky :)

It seems to be effective for about 4-6 hours

Thank you once again


Replied by Norma

Hello, everyone!

Our (my husband and my) sweet dog has been diagnosed with sarcoptic mange. We adopted our loving dog 6 weeks ago. Mistakenly, allergies were thought to be the reason for his itching before we brought him home to live with us. We can tell from his medical records that a scraping had been done when he was newly housed at the shelter and the test result came back negative.

When he came home with us, his itching and scratching increased. We took him to the vet with sores from scratching. A scraping was done as well as allergy tests. A week later we learned the scraping was positive. Ivermectin was prescribed, and with us not knowing better, we administered it. NEVER again!! The worst side effects imaginable. The allergy tests came back positive in many areas.

We will be shopping today for the ingredients to try the Borax-Peroxide-Water bath. We are in the process of building a separate, enclosed room (8'x8'x6') in the garage because our home was invaded by the mites. We, too, have been treated by our physician.

Questions that I have are:

How do you handle the outside environment so he doesn't get reinfected? That is his playground and where he goes to the bathroom.

How do we get rid of them from our garage? (It is heated in the winter; temperate in spring and fall; cool in summer.) When we take care of him to feed him, visit him [I'll read a book to be with him and to keep him company], play with him, clean his kennel and bedding, etc., we are swarmed with these mites. I've never encountered anything like this.

I dress from head-to-toe when going to see our dog, and still I can feel them crawling on my face and in my hair, which is covered.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. We are trying hard but are exhausted.

Replied by Bea

Regarding the sores; my dog has had a worsening case of demodex for about 2 years. I hold off the symptoms with baths and topicals, but to avoid getting the red, open sores, I have to actually pull out whatever fur happens to be very loose, at any given time. Mostly, he looks normal, although when I've recently pulled the loose fur out of an area, it can look paler than adjacent areas, until the darker hairs grow back. It is rare that all of the hair in an area comes out, even when it seems to come out in clumps. Enough hair remains to cover his skin, except when I have neglected to pull the fur soon enough, and it has developed a sore underneath. I noticed very late in the game that his paws, between the pads, were very infected - meaning the hair practically leapt off when I pulled it, and there was a lot of the waxy substance on it. In a few spots, when the fur came up, it exposed a raw spot which had to be treated. But, as I said, this is rare, since I keep on top of it. I also found that the fur under his chin had become loose; and when I pulled it, there was a raw spot there. Now, that area has been cleaned up. I had to spend quite a lot of time giving him a "pedicure" on all paws; but, as I don't want to use dangerous pesticides, the time spent on avoiding the sores is worth it, to allow us to find the right protocol to get rid of it. I did try the peroxide/borax, to no avail. Next, I'm trying the mustard/msm; I just made a batch and tried it on myself, first, to be sure it's not too irritating. So far, we've had the best luck with a mix of micronized peroxide/sulfur shampoo and various topicals (apple cider vinegar, lavender oil, neem oil, etc. Today, I'm going to add aloe gel to the mix, after the mustard rinse has been on and then washed off). When we do get a sore, I spray it with a 20% ethanol solution (Everclear is ethanol; it's not toxic the way rubbing alcohol is, so it's safer), and put neem oil on it. It clears up.