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

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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 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 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.

Replied by Jo

Hi Hollie and EC,

This is the first mention of using it for cats. Are both hydrogen peroxide and borax safe to be used on cats and in their environment? I have 4 indoor kitties that are being treated for suspected mange by knowing what it is not. (Fleas or lice) Not sure if it is demodex or sarcoptic as no mites have been found with multiple skin scrapes and multiple fecal samples.

They have been on a two week schedule of Advantage Multi Cat and Revolution topical. We have done 5 of the recommended 6 treatments with no improvement. I myself have felt crawling and have gone to a dermatologist who of course could not find anything.

I have been cleaning like crazy and wearing out my washer and dryer. I tried an anti alleged carpet spray, a new hepa filter for my vacuum and an air purifier in case it was dust mites, mold or a pollen in the environment. I desperately need help. The cost has been crazy already and my vet wants me to go to a pet dermatologist but the closest is 2 hours away and very expensive. I have already been to two different vets.

I am at a loss and going crazy.

Do you think this solution would work for my cats and the environment? I don't want to end up in the emergency room from trying to bathe my cats. How did you do it? What if they lick themselves with it on them afterwards?

EC: We actually have a page with posts from our readers who have used Ted's Mange remedy on cats here:

Replied by Jo

Hi Hollie and EC,

This is the first mention of using it for cats. Are both hydrogen peroxide and borax safe to be used on cats and in their environment? I have 4 indoor kitties that are being treated for suspected mange by knowing what it is not. (Fleas or lice) Not sure if it is demodex or sarcoptic as no mites have been found with multiple skin scrapes and multiple fecal samples.

They have been on a two week schedule of Advantage Multi Cat and Revolution topical. We have done 5 of the recommended 6 treatments with no improvement. I myself have felt crawling and have gone to a dermatologist who of course could not find anything.

I have been cleaning like crazy and wearing out my washer and dryer. I tried an anti alleged carpet spray, a new hepa filter for my vacuum and an air purifier in case it was dust mites, mold or a pollen in the environment. I desperately need help. The cost has been crazy already and my vet wants me to go to a pet dermatologist but the closest is 2 hours away and very expensive. I have already been to two different vets.

I am at a loss and going crazy.

Do you think this solution would work for my cats and the environment? I don't want to end up in the emergency room from trying to bathe my cats. How did you do it? What if they lick themselves with it on them afterwards?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Jo,

Demodex mange is fairly uncommon in cats. Sarcoptic mange requires an exposure - ie cats getting out in the yard and taking down a squirrel or rabbit. And sarcoptic mange is zoonotic, so you can catch it and get 'scabies'. If you have been treating your cats for 5 months now, and you have not gotten the tell tale red rash and super itchy bumps associated with scabies, chances are you are not dealing with mange in your cats. Have you tried to trap for fleas? You have treated for them, but so many flea drugs stop working when the fleas develop a resistance. A simple lamp flea trap will reveal if you have any fleas or other biting pests in the house. One thing you do not mention is diet - what are you feeding your cats? If you are feeding a diet that does not suit you will often see skin issues. As for bathing the cats in the mange remedy, you might consider dipping them in a vinegar solution to see if that brings relief. A solution of 1 part white vinegar to 10 parts warm water will help balance the PH on the skin and can do wonders for some pets with an itch. Please report back.

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
11 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:

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.