Borax for Mange - Ted's Remedy for Demodectic and Sarcoptic Mange

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Posted by Steve (Trenton, Nj) on 02/20/2018
5 out of 5 stars

One day after the first washing and treatment with Ted's remedies, our dog is already seeing some relief.

Because of the mites, do we need to do something to our carpeting or our dogs beds which have a removable cover?

Thank you so much!

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Posted by Kirk1969 (New Prague, Mn) on 12/12/2017
4 out of 5 stars

Ted's remedy for sarcoptic mange (hydrogen peroxide/borax/h2o)

Rescue puppy foster (received at 4 weeks) - had him for 4 days before I knew about the mange. Too young for ivermectin treatment, he has had lime-sulphur dip twice (if you are using this, buy some spray bottles it is much easier than 'dipping' a dog) but continued scratching/losing a ton of hair. He is pretty much hairless on his face (he is now 6 wks) and patches of hair elsewhere. I also have used an antiparasitic shampoo, which did not seem to help much.

Since using Ted's remedy I am not sure if his hair is growing back but he is scratching far less. I really hope his hair grows back and that my 3 older dogs don't get mange. I am also using Ted's remedy in the house (spraying on dog beds, floors, etc.).

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hello Kirk,

Please take your puppy to the vet for a diagnosis. The rescue you are working with surely has funds available to vet their animals, so get a proper diagnosis to determine if you are dealing with demodex [not contagious] or sarcoptic [very contagious] mange. Ted's remedy still applies, but it will help you know how to move forward with your other pets knowing which type of mange you are dealing with. There are many skin conditions that can look like mange and I will say it is very uncommon to deal with demodex in a 4 week old [and now 6 week old] puppy. One thing to keep in mind is that MORE is not BETTER. You can over dry your foster pup's skin by treating him with everything all at once. Healing skin takes TIME. The best advice I can offer is to get a vet check to see if you actually are dealing with mange and if so find out what type of mange. Feed a high quality diet and boost with vitamin C or pet tabs. Consider coconut oil externally if skin is dry or rough. Ted's remedy is good when followed as directed; too frequent bathing in the remedy will cause dry skin, so again use as directed. Keep the pup stress free, warm and comfy and please report back!

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Posted by Pauline (Scotland ) on 11/29/2017
3 out of 5 stars

Hi, we think our dog might have sarcoptic mange, we have used the borax remedy and it seemed to keep them at bay but her coat was starting to get really brittle so I stopped that treatment to give my poor baby a rest and started using neem oil shampoo which didn't work.

At the moment I'm using a mix of rapeseed oil and diatomaceous earth on her but she has all of a sudden got supper a canny on the parts where she still has hair, could it be the other mange she has? Any help would be appreciated.

P.s I've also tried using vegetable oil on her too, didn't work

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Pauline,

If you have been using Ted's remedy and following the directions to the letter, to the point your dog's fur is brittle, I would venture to say you are not dealing with mange mites of any sort. It is very possible your dog has a systemic yeast infection that would cause your dog to itch and so appear to have mange. Start with your dog food - read the label and if you see grains of any kind try switching to a grain free brand and feed it for 6 weeks; keep a dog food diary of everything she eats and record your results. This will allow you to see a trend and perhaps help you isolate what may be causing the itching. While the dips and baths can help provide relief to an itchy dog, you also need to fight the yeast from the inside out, so in addition your dog might well benefit from alkalizing the drinking water and also Ted's Borax Protocol for dogs.

Replied by Wendy
(Portland, Or)

I used the Borax and Peroxide, but it still didn't completely get rid of it. So I added some melted down Coconut Oil. Put my dog in her throughly scrubbed / clean kennel until she was completely dry. Although I kept her in an area away from my sofa's, etc for a few days because her coat was still oily. It worked like a charm. She's not miserable anymore.

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Posted by Nancy (Houston, Tx) on 10/25/2017
5 out of 5 stars

i found a stray dog and she had mange so bad. I just did a mange treatment on her the other day. She is not scratching as bad. Going to do another one tonight. One question I have will can Lysol Disinfectant kill any mites that might be in her crate? If Not, then what can I use to spray any where she has gone?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hello Nancy,

The Lysol spray is NOT SAFE to use on pets. If you need to clean the crate just pop the bedding into the laundry and wash daily. If you are concerned about mites hiding under the crate you can put down a layer of food grade diatomaceous earth.

Replied by Nancy

I have this puppy corentine from my other dog (that is outside). When can I let this puppy around my other dog without giving the manage to my other dog? What can I spray my furniture and carpet with? Thanks

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Nancy,

Did you get a mange diagnosis from your vet? I ask because many things can cause hair loss and itching, plus there are two types of mange so knowing which kind you may have is helpful. Sarcoptic mange is spread by vermin and critters and your dog can catch it just by being outside in areas where there are vermin. Sarcoptic mange spreads easily between your pets and YOU. Demodectic mange is typically an affliction of puppies and is not contagious. If you have not had a veterinary diagnosis of mange you may not be dealing with mange; Ted's remedy is very helpful just the same. You might check your dog food ingredient label to start - if you see grains/corn/wheat in the top 10 ingredients you might consider a grain free brand as grains have been linked to skin troubles in dogs. As for spreading sarcoptic mange, you should follow the protocol for Ted's Mange remedy and if you cannot maintain a quarantine you should dip both dogs on the same schedule.

Replied by Maria

hi I could only buy hydrogen peroxide 20% in a 200ml container. If I put all 200ml in a bigger container how many times should I fill the 200ml container with water to dilute to 1% pls.



Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Tia,

I googled up a dilution conversion calculator :

If you take 1/2 measuring cup of your 20% solution, and 10 cups of water it will give you 10.5 cups of a 1% solution.

Replied by Maria

Thanks Theresa, Now I can start the treatment.

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Posted by Jlefebre (Sacramento) on 10/22/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for this mange formula. I believed my dog to have mange but could not afford the vet visits and medication so I had been looking on the internet for a possible solution. It seemed like such a scary problem and she was scratching so much, loosing hair, could not sleep and lost weight.This has worked and has worked so well! My dogs hair has grown back and she is not scratching all the time. She is so much happier and has put some weight back on. She is back to being happy and healthy and we are happy and appreciative too. Give this a try!

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Posted by Sharon (Greenville, South Carolina) on 08/03/2017
5 out of 5 stars

My lab mix got a spot on her shoulder, and one under her leg. We took her to the vet, they did a mite scrape but it came back negative. A week later, and the spots have gotten worse with new ones starting to appear. We tried the apple cider vinegar remedy at first, but it wasn't appearing to do anything. Then we tried Ted's cure and her hair started growing back! This mix really is working. Her hair is mostly/all grown back after about 6 weeks!

Replied by Stephanie

Is it ok to blow dry my dog after the borax solution, or is air drying the best remedy? Also, if I have carpet, what is the best way to treat it to ensure they don't return? thank you in advance for your help, I'm very eager to post some before & after pics! My poor baby has such beautiful soft fur & I think he notices the missing fur as he gets cold more frequently.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Stephanie,

You want your dog to air dry for at least half an hour after the bath because the wet solution is still active. The solution stops being active when it is dry. I will finish drying with a blow dryer when my dog has had time to air dry for at least half an hour after the bath.

Replied by Patricia

Ted's Mange Cure

I have read and re-read and am still confused about the amt of water in this recipe. I got the 3 heaping tbspns of Borax. I have diluted the 3% peroxide to 1%. (1qt peroxide and 2 qts water to make 1%). I got that. But I am confused about how much water aside from the water to dilute the peroxide is added? My almost hairless dog needs this so bad but I want to make sure I am mixing the appropriate amounts of water. Hope someone can clarify this for me. Thanks and thank you for posting Ted's cure!! Praying it will relieve my pups misery.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Patricia,

You don't add any more water - once you dilute the hydrogen peroxide and add the borax you have the working solution. This is what I do:

Borax laundry booster
One -16 oz bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.

Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some undissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.

Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

Replied by Ron

Dog mites all 3 types. trying ted's remedy.

I have been fighting this problem for over a year. it was a small ear mite infestation to start with. it was cured with mineral oil and crushed garlic juice. in the ears everynight. but later noticed foot itching, reddish stains. then hair loss on belly. then got worst. I tried everything, even bought $300.00 online product. that did not work. olive oil, heavy oils, I did straight borax with water once, but the dogs skin went really red and dry, I thought it was too strong so I quit. but I should have read this article. but 2 years ago it was hard to get information online, most said go to the vet. some said give antibiotics, some said don't. some said vop didn't work. some said it did. I tried that too. I believe Teds remedy will work. I will update online later. now I have a second dog with small spot on belly. even though these dogs are separated. this started when I found a dead squirrel, the dog had been rolling on and playing with. it had mites. my friend had picked up a rescue dog from a kennel organization, he had problems with feet itch. my dog played with his dog a few times. could have been that too. I will keep you informed

Replied by Skip
(Sturgeon Lake, Mn.)

With the hydrogen peroxide and borax solution, is it harmful to the dogs eyes if some gets in them?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Skip,

I have used this formula often and have splashed it into my own eyes and it did not sting or cause any problems.

Replied by Jackie
(St. Louis)

Theresa- you said you use 1 cup of borax compared to Ted's 3 heaping Tablespoons. Was that a typo? That's a big difference.

Also, does the mixture need to be prepared right before using or can it be made days in advance?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Jackie,

NOT a typo. You want to have a "saturated" solution of borax - this means you keep adding borax until it stops dissolving and you can see the grains in it. In my experience 3 heaping tablespoons does not create a saturated solution.

Replied by Debbie
(Va Beach, Va)
4 out of 5 stars

Ted's remedy helped my lab/border collie mix so much. She had yeast mange and hair loss. Her skin was flakey she smelled awful and scratched all the time. Her tail had thick black skin and hair was mostly gone. I wanted to avoid taking her to the vet because I know it sometimes is not the best way to go. I wanted natural. Teds' remedy worked every time but just didn't last. The last time she needed to go to the vet for vaccinations I asked them to do a thyroid test on her for hypothyroidism because she had all the symptoms. And that is what she had. She is on medicine and has healthy skin her hair grew back and she doesn't smell. Just wanted to share because I am so relieved that we have an answer and she is doing great! And it may help someone else that has a dog that is struggling with hypothyroidism.

Replied by Laura
(Lawton, Ok)

Hi Debbie,

Thanks to you, I just had a light bulb moment"! My terrier mix (6yrs) has been itchy since Feb. The steroid shot was the worst for him and didn't last. So, your comment about your dog being stinky was the bomb!!! Even after a bath, my dog was still a stinko dog! I have been treating him with the ACV for 8 days now and seems to be a bit better. I will have him tested for hypothyroid as well treating for yeasty skin. ( orally and topically). Thanks for sharing all your info.


Replied by Nell

Thank you so much, Theresa, for posting this! I'm going to try it this weekend.

Replied by Dorothy
(San Diego)

Theresa, why is your recipe different than Ted's? Why should we use your directions instead of Ted's?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)


Use Ted's Remedy. Ted posted variations on his remedy and I may be referencing that, OR it may be transcribed incorrectly from the original. Unless you can specifically cite what is different I cannot properly comment, so all I can say is use Ted's :-)

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)


Use Ted's Remedy. Ted posted variations on his remedy and I may be referencing that, OR it may be transcribed incorrectly from the original. Unless you can specifically cite what is different I cannot properly comment, so all I can say is use Ted's :-)

Replied by Dorothy

Thank you Theresa for all of your help and for answering my questions!

Do you work for this site, or are you just a kind and helpful commenter?

In Gratefulness -

EC: Theresa is one of Earth Clinic's kindest and most helpful contributors!

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Posted by Pam (Texas) on 07/30/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I used this on our Min Schnauzer mix. He had lost his hair in places, had a horrible yeast smell and ear irritation. The vet said he was allergic to Chicken and prescribed expensive medicines. We have tried dog food without chicken, tried Coconut oil, and everything we could think of. NOTHING HELPED until I tried your remedy.

We followed the directions to a T. Bathed him twice a week for the first 2 weeks and noticed a difference after the 2nd bath. He actually felt better. He still itched and had red spots but we saw improvement. After about 3 weeks I noticed his hair was growing back on his chest.

We continued through the 8 weeks. He looks great. His coat is thick and shinny and he feels great. He's more active and doesn't have that horrible yeast smell any longer.

Replied by Carrie

Hi there, I'm trying to find out the ratio to use of borax on my 111lb German Shepard massive cross. I'm loving that it's working and want to try it for he is not feeling well and have spent thousands of dollars at the vet also would like to know how much to put in his water. Thank you

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Posted by Sal (Houston, Tx) on 07/17/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Unbelievable! After first bath, my pit with quite horrible mange stopped itching! He layed belly up on couch for hours finally at peace. He is 99% cured. His hair returned to a full dark grey after only having a streak following his spine down his tail. At this point his hair was falling and 90% turned an ashy grey. Bumps, scabs and a little blood overcame his entire body. His eyes were bloodshot and quite lethargic.


Day 1-bathed with dawn, rinsed and applied solution w/o drying. Note: I aggressively lathered him up with my fingernails, I mean agressively, and removed all scabs in the process from over his body.

After rinsing him off, I doused him with the solution and worked it in with fingernails.

Day 2 and 3 was only the dousing with solution, took day 4 off and did day 5 by repeating the actions aforementioned in day 1.

He is currently on day three of fish oil supplement morsels snacks and his hair is unbelievably rich and beautiful. I'm taken aback by how instantly this borax solution worked and the hundreds of $$$ it saved me ...oh, and his wet dog stench ceased immediately after first drench!

A million thanks for this remedy!

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Sal!

So glad to hear your pit is getting some relief! I would only caution you on the use of Dawn dishwashing liquid as shampoo. I have used it myself in a pinch when giving flea baths; the key is to follow up with a vinegar rinse of 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water to help restore the PH of the skin. If you suspect fleas you can do the mange remedy and the soak time usually takes care of fleas.

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Posted by Jeff (Spokane Wa) on 07/14/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Borax for Mange

For all those still struggling with Demodex Mange........................

Wanted to quickly share my experience in the hope that you all don't give up. I have a Boston Terrier whose Puppy Mange got out of control around 14 weeks of age. I tried everything! From Borax to "Happy Dog Naturals" to a few holistic/natural shampoos found on the Internet. Also Coconut Oil and Neem Oil.

Whatever I tried, the Mange seemed to persist. Well...............he just turned ONE and the weirdest thing, it has all but gone away. But I know for sure the Borax formula works. At one point I was so frustrated and felt so bad for seemingly torturing my puppy with daily rub downs and several 'dips' per week; so I just stopped altogether. At that time, he went from say 50% hair loss to 90% hair loss! So for sure the products work to somewhat keep the Mange outbreak at bay.

So if any of you are frustrated and worried............take heart. I had heard from several sources -- including Dr. Pitcairn -- that Mange seemed to go away around the year ONE. Well.....................weird, but this was our case too.

Be patient, be persistent and most of all, PLEASE AVOID CHEMICALS! It will get better. Cheers!

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Posted by Gaby R.r. (Vancouver) on 07/12/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I've been using this borax and peroxide treatment in my 2 year old dog for 6 weeks. Bathing her 2 times a week..I must say it is working well, she has improved a.great deal. My dog has demodectic mange and after been misdiagnosed her conditioned got worse. I found this cure and she is getting better, but I have a few questions about it.

The first time I bathe her with the solution she got all red and her skin turned like paper, the next day the redness dissapear and got better with the second bath 2 days later, after the 5th bath she got worse again (I understand that was the dye off effect, when the mites die and release toxins that cause a huge allergic reaction) but got better by the next 3 days. Well now I have bathe her 14 times, and she was bettr after each bath, hair began to grow again in the bald patches she had, she was scratching less and the redness dissapear. I read that once hair begins to grow the baths can be reduced to once a week for 4 to 6.weeks in order to kill remaining larvae. So I did that.

But last sunday was her 2nd weekly bath and again she turned red and itchy, not all her body like the first times, but her belly, chest, rear legs and knees. Those parts were the most damaged by the scratching and were completely bald, and turned black and thick when she was at her worst. In these weeks hair began to grow, the skin softened and the black spots were fading, but in the last 2 days after the last weekley bath she began scratching again, it turned red and she pulled out some of the new hair because of the itching, also some of the hair in her chest. Is it possible that is another "dye off" after he 14th bath? has someone experienced the same at an advance stage of the treatment? Please if someone can help me.

Aditionally to the baths I have improved her diet, switch to barf, I give her kefir, vitamin c, spirulina, omega 3 supplement to improve.her immmune system. Hope someone can help me.understand what is happening.

Thank you

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Gaby,

From what you have described, it does not sound like you are dealing with mange. For sure it is possible your dog got sarcoptic mange [which could spread to you as 'scabies'] and the bathing regime you did should have taken care of that. But since it is back with a vengeance you might consider that your dog has a contact allergy or food allergy. You are feeding BARF - you might try isolating the proteins and feeding only one protein at a time, ie only chicken protein for 3 weeks, then rotate the exclusive protein you offer with a different protein and to another trial for a few weeks. Keep a food journal of everything your dog ingests. In this way you may be able to determine what it is that is causing these problems. And the dark skin sounds like a secondary skin infection - the mange remedy helps with that on the outside, but if you are dealing with systemic yeast you might also fight it from the inside with Ted's Borax Protocol for dogs and also rotating that with alkalizing the drinking water with baking soda. Once yeast takes a hold, even if you switch to RAW, you still must clear the yeast, so consider anti-yeast/candida nutritional remedies along with the topical treatments you are doing.

Replied by Michelle
(Minneapolis, Mn)

HI Gabbi: I am dealing with similar issues in my English Bulldog.The baths are helping and diet too. I did read that beef and bison are not good for dogs with mange. I was feeding my dog beef on a limited homemade diet as he had over growth of yeast. The beef actually made the mange worse. he is now on a limited duck formula diet - Osipure is the brand. He is finally healing up with right food and supplements and finally treating with the baths. So maybe try duck or salmon.

Replied by Stephanie
(Los Angeles)

I wonder if you've administered the solution too many times.

Replied by Ricardo
(Sao Paulo)

I started to treat my dog with that solution yesterday and after the first application the skin of my dog became red at all over her body. My dog is pregnant and I fear that I can not cure it before the babies come. Due to that I can not use some medicines.

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Posted by Robin (Florida) on 07/06/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you to those who have posted on here.

I have a 16 year old Jack Russell who was shedding, scratching, and biting constantly. She had several hot spots on each leg and what looked like bites between her toes, a raw looking nose where she'd rubbed it bare, and was always extremely tired. Plus non stop shedding. The one vet said the nose was due to allergies to pollen. And then said she was also allergic to fleas even when it was hard to find any on her. To be honest she looked every one of her 16 years.

Anyway, I have tried a whole bunch of vet products and nothing helped as much or quickly as Ted's mange treatment. I've done the treatment three times over this past week and there's a major improvement! She is not waking up constantly to scratch and her energy is back. She's running again, and even sitting up and wanting to look out the car windows. She is still scratching but not so aggressively and much less often. And with her not biting the sores on her legs are healing nicely and should be totally gone in another week or two.

Also, I can see the start of hair growing on her nose, and even inside her ears that I never could get clean are now almost totally a soft pink. And her toes are back to looking normal. I did also treat as much of her living area as I could with borax. Just sprinkled it on dry and left it as long as possible and then vacuum. And wash her bedding every time I treat her.

Thanks again!

Replied by Richele
(Merced Ca)

I've done the treatment but she's still itching so bad what can I do for her itching

Replied by Trudy

is this the borax that I can buy at the grocery store?

EC: Yes.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Richele,

You can upgrade your dog's diet - that will have a huge impact on improving a skin issue. Also alkalizing the water and rotating with Ted's Borax Protocol for dogs can make a difference too.

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Posted by Candy (Ny) on 06/12/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have a 4 year golden lab that has had mange off and on for about 3 years.I am doing the Hydrogen peroxide, Borax and water mixture.It is working, but I am woundering how long I should be using this, how any times a week I can use it and will it give blood [email protected] to strong? Thank You, Candy

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Candy,

A dog having mange for 3+ years on and off seems strange. Demodex is typically afflicts puppies or older dogs with an underlying disease, so if you are dealing with a reoccurring mange it would have to be sarcopitc, which is contagious to humans in the form of scabies. From this end of the keyboard it sounds more like seasonal allergies or perhaps a food related allergy - and I have found Ted's Mange Remedy an excellent way to treat these conditions when there is a skin outbreak. The key to treating skin afflictions is to identify what is triggering an outbreak; I have one dog who suffers from the itchies when the cotton wood trees shed their fluff. What helped me to identify the trigger was keeping a diary of what was going on, what I fed, what treats he got and then I was able to realize the cotton wood fluffs were the culprit. Another thing to consider is diet - grain based diets have been linked to skin issues in dogs, so read your ingredient panel and if you see grains it is time to upgrade the groceries to grain free. I have found along with Ted's Mange Remedy for relief from itchy skin, that alkalizing the drinking water with baking soda, along with Ted's Borax Protocol for dogs helps immensely. I would do the mange dip every few days at the start of an outbreak and start the water treatment immediately to bring relief. Long term use of the mange remedy for some dogs will dry out their coat and skin, so play it by ear and see what your dog will tolerate.

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Posted by Deborah (Nc) on 06/01/2017

I am using the borax mange treatment on Mara, a 3 yr old pitt bull .She got demodex from her mom and I hated all the chemicals the vet put her on the cure the demodex. I wanted to boost her immune system so she could fight the mites on her own but she keeps breaking out and losing her hair. It is very hard for me to see her so sad and in pain. I'm torn between the chemicals to treat her or keep trying to right this from the inside out with the borax treatment baths. Please advise. Thank you.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Deborah,

Mara is 3 years old - she may have gotten a mite load from her mom, but we are long past the stage for juvenile demodex. Have you been treating her for demodex since she was a young pup? The 'break outs' don't sound like demodex, they sound more like an allergic reaction to a food item or inhaled air borne item. First things first: what are you feeding? Read the ingredient panel on your bag of kibble and if you see any grain then it is time for a grocery upgrade. If you already feed grain free then consider changing protiens - so fish based instead of poultry based, for example. Keep a journal and record anything she takes by mouth - all food, doggie or human, and any treats. Include daily allergen information that is meant for humans in this log. You may see a pattern after keeping such a log. You can battle demodex - and depressed immune system - by using the mange remedy and also alkalizing her drinking water with baking soda, and alternating with Ted's Borax Protocol for Dogs. In addition some herbal supplements may help such as Quercetin and Yucca Intensive. Also colostrum is available at the health food store also, plus vitamin C and tumeric. Please let us know what you try and report back.

Replied by Deborahbjordan

Thank you for replying so fast. I have changed Mara's diet to grain free. I give her immune support supplements and watch everything she eats. She has not been spayed yet and that has to be done. I'm very upset about this and I'll stay in touch with her progress. Thank you so much.

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Posted by Dk (Fontana, Ca) on 05/27/2017

Maybe I missed something, but how long do you leave the rinse on the dog and need the Ecollar? I've read where you keep rinsing with Borax rinse, leave on awhile (what's awhile), and let it dry without using a towel. Then what? Do you leave the Ecollar and rinse on for days until you do another bath in a couple days or do you rinse it off after it dries that day? I appreciate your clarification. Thank you.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey DK,

Ideally you bathe your dog, and then rinse well and use your hands to squeeze off any water. Then on your damp/wet dog you do the mange solution. Keep pouring the solution over your dog for as long as possible - minimum 10 minutes and up to 30 minutes. If I wait 30 minutes I will towel dry; if I have only waited 10 minutes I do NOT towel dry and put the wet dog in a crate for half an hour, and then after that I towel dry. Once it is dry the solution has stopped working - you do not need to do anything, but you might brush out your dog if there are borax crystals left in the coat.

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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.

Replied by Kira

Thanks Mary. The scratching has become a bit better but as soon as I take of the cone, he immediately starts biting his skin again. If it would be fleas - wouldn't we be able to see them?

Now he also started to sit on his butt and slide back and forth on the floor. He also uses our carpet as a belly scratch - just lays on it and robes on the carpet to scratch his tummy.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Kira,

What are you feeding your puppy? Are you feeding the diet your vet prescribed? Are you feeding any treats? For a puppy to start scratching 2-3 days after you take him home, it makes me think it is something you are feeding him - and new puppies often get spoiled in the form of many treats and chewies and the like. Please take an inventory of any thing your puppy takes by mouth and check to be sure these items are made in the USA, are grain free and free from any dyes and other chemicals. Please also consider Ted's Borax protocol for dogs, and using baking soda to alkalize his water. Please report back!

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