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

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Posted by Didi's Mom (Usa) on 06/07/2018
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I used this years ago and it worked. What I did was soak an old t-shirt or towel in Ted's peroxide and borax mange solution (My dog is 90 pounds) and then I applied it to his skin and sat with him for the amount of time. That way it was able to saturate on him and it got all the skin. I did not rinse it off. I applied it to all parts of the skin. The t-shirt soaked in it gave me better control of applying it to his face and around the ears too.

General Feedback  

Posted by Erikajay (Macon, Georgia) on 08/05/2014

My question has nothing to do with your remedy but with the mange itself.

I work in rescue and pulled a dog from a high kill shelter 5 days ago. She has been to the vet and is being treated for both demodectic and sarcoptic mange. How contagious is sarcoptic to humans? We interact with her a lot, so my number 1 concern is my children.

Thank you!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Erikajay!

Sarcoptic mange mites are very contagious and cause 'scabies' in humans; they cannot reproduce on humans, but will live for about 5 days and cause an itchy rash. You should contact your physician if your kids develop an itchy rash and let them know they were exposed to scabies.

The good thing is that with treatment your dog should not be contagious after about 5 days. While you have already treated your dog via your vet - and I am assuming it is an oral miticide, it would be wise to use the mange remedy on this site to address the exterior of your dog to kill as many mites as quickly as possible to reduce possible transmission to your kids. It is also a good idea to use the mange remedy on every single other pet in the household to avoid those pets getting infected with scabies as well.

Lastly, don't forget to clean, clean, clean - and sterilize any dog bedding, the crate or area where the dog resides, and all areas where the dog may access.

Good luck, and thank you for rescuing this dog!

Replied by Blueangel
Wisconsin, US


Yes, Sarcoptic Mange affects humans. I began fostering a dog a year ago. She was underweight and very itchy. It took three vets for a correct diagnosis, and a fourth for successful treatment.

Meanwhile, I had bites on my arms and my scalp was crawling. Our daughter had bites on her face. My husband had bites on his legs. We kept being told that the canine variant of the scabies bug can't complete its lifecycle on humans. Well, I can tell you from personal experience that that is not true! There have been documented cases. But for some reason, they're not talked about in the medical or veterinary communities.

It's been a year and I'm still fighting the mites on me and my family. Keeping the dog away from everyone has helped them. But I continue to have problems, probably because I still take care of the dog.

We were all cured on Thanksgiving, but the little bastards came back by Christmas. Dog is back on Revolution every two weeks. But we humans continue to struggle with the bugs. For me, its a daily battle. For the others, just an occasional annoyance.

So far, we've had improvement (but no cure) from Neem Oil, Ivermectin (orally and topically), and Permethrin (topically). I just started the Borax and H2O2, so the jury is still out on that one. It seems promising, though. (The others did, too, so I've become very skeptical.)

I hope for your family's sake that you got it under control and they're okay. Because it's awful, really it is.

Replied by Alexis
Park City, Utah

I have several suggestions that I hope will help you and your family and your dog as well.

Dr. Bronner's soap, the original one with Tea Tree in it, use as body/hand wash as well as shampoo. Allow it to sit on your skin/hair for a bit before washing it off.

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, use a bit after washing body/hair, again let it sit for a bit. ACV internally, I use tablets as nobody in my family can stand the taste.

Garlic and/or Oregano suppliments. Clay detox.

I washed our dog's towels in hot, hot water with borax and peroxide, let it sit all soapy for a bit drying on a hot cycle. I used diatomatious earth on his dog bed in between washings, also a bit on his kibble. I adopted a pit bull mix, sweetest dog in the world, who suffered with horrific mange. Poor thing looked like someone had poured hot bacon grease over his back the mange was so bad and the pads of his feet would swell up twice the normal size and he could hardly walk. After literally spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars in vet bills, prescription shampoo that was so harsh it irritated his already tender skin, multiple antibiotics, cancer drugs (really! ! ), diet restrictions and more,all with NO actual effect on the mange at all, just my bank drained account, a well paid vet and a very, very miserable dog, I was at my witts end.

My husband was using Dr. Bronner's soap and I thought that since the problem was due to mites, they probably wouldn't want to be "minty fresh" from the soap or to be "pickled" by the ACV. Bingo! It worked like a charm! Finally after years and years of suffering he was "cured" and he loved, loved his bath time! Sadly he passed due to diabetes. I'm convinced that his immune system was so damaged due to chronic mange problems. Hope this helps you all and good luck!

ps--I also put Borax and Peroxide in my pets water. Thanks!

Mange and MRSA Connection  

Posted by Abigail (Bude, Uk) on 12/06/2015

My poor little Staffie with a mostly white coat has extremely sensitive thin skin. For years I've been treating her mange (as we live out in the sticks) and other skin conditions. I myself have been very ill for quite some time. On top of this I am host to MRSA with much discomfort and distress. I have spent many hours with a microscope after brushing my dog and myself & done some research .

Does anyone know that Mange is the result of some strain of MRSA including other skin conditions like pyoderma? This is what they FAIL TO TELL YOU! It's the same problem for some animals as is for humans. They are keeping it under raps so it doesn't result in mass hysteria! Correct me if I'm wrong by all means only I've spent five years obsessedly with this problem now my dog is in a bad way along with myself and no cure that will be offered to you after 4 different treatments of antibiotics. Not with the recent cut backs.

~keep combing
~dips in the ocean if possible
~coconut oil stroked lovingly into the fur
~regular clean bedding
~A healthy diet are my suggestions for the natural approach.

Good luck to all ;)

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Abigail,

Re:Correct me if I'm wrong by all means

Mange is caused by a parasitic mite - either the demodex mite or the sarcoptic mite. MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), is a form of bacterial infection that is resistant to numerous antibiotics.

A sarcoptic mange infection often results in bacterial or fungal skin infections; antibiotics will address the secondary skin infections but will not address the parasitic mange mite infection - so you certainly could try antibiotic after antibiotic with no cure for the mange in sight.

Check out EC's MRSA page:

If this were my dog and I suspected mange, I would treat with Ted's Mange Remedy:

I think Ted's remedy is akin to dips in the ocean, but far more effective :-)

Since you are dealing with a chronic issue you might consider alkalizing with baking soda in the water and alternating with Ted's Borax protocol for dogs.


Wouldn't dips in the ocean be akin to epsom salt baths, due to the magnesium content? Just a thought.

Ted's Dog Mange Cure  

Posted by Lydia (Senatobia, Ms.) on 03/14/2010


Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate: Is this the borax you are talking about? My dog has hairless raw spots that have turned her skin black. Two months of antibiotics and no results. Vet says it is staph and or fungus. She stinks, but I love her so it don't really matter to me. Please help me. Lydia

EC: Please see the borax page for more information:

Replied by John
Qc, Quezon City ,philippines

How can 6% hydrogen peroxide to 1%? how long is the shelf life of the mixture? thanks.

Replied by Hoodah Thunkit
Chula Vista, Ca, Usa

pour 6% container into a much larger containter - refill 6% container 5 times with water - pour each one into that much larger container - Presto! - 1 % solution in that larger container.

Ted's Dog Mange Cure in Spanish  

Posted by Monica (Cachagua, Zapallar, Valparaiso, Chile) on 07/01/2010

Ted's mange cure remedy

I would like you to include this recipe in spanish. If you cannot do it, I can do it for you. This would be very helpful for south americans where the mange is one of the main reasons for people to abandon dogs in the streets.

Hope to be able to colaborate with my translation in order to spread the experiences. I just started to do 4 treatments last week with this remedy in 4 abandoned puppies. Hope to have success and send you the feed back later.


EC: Hi Monica,

That is a fantastic idea, thank you for suggesting it. The best we can do at the moment is to use Google's English to Spanish Translator. If you see anything that needs to be corrected, please let us know...

Replied by Earth Clinic

Google traduccin de brax Ted Remedio:

Ted's Perro Cure Sarna (ms popular)

NO confunda BORAX con cido brico!
No use cido brico en un LUGAR DE BORAX!

Ted de Bangkok, Tailandia escribe: "La mejor cura para la sarna del perro es mezclar un 1% de hidrgeno solucin de perxido de agua y aada brax. Disolver completamente. Lavar el perro con l una vez a la semana. NO lave la solucin a la izquierda en el perro con el agua. No limpie el perro seco. La solucin se llevar a efecto en la sarna. El perodo de tratamiento no debe ser superior a un mes o dos. El perro probablemente no ser resistente como el tratamiento es indoloro. Esto ha funcionado bien para m ".

Ms medidas exactas (extrado de varios correos electrnicos en nuestro lector de la seccin de preguntas y respuestas)

Ted responde: "Una receta definitiva es aadir 1-2 cucharadas de brax por cada 500 cc de solucin al 1% de perxido de hidrgeno ("H202). Para hacer un perxido de hidrgeno al 3% a 1%, aproximadamente obtener una parte de H2O2 al 3%, ms dos partes de agua. Luego, se aplican en el perro. Lavar con esta solucin todos los das, no en sentido. Si no desaparece, he encontrado caros, sarna o alguna parte de tener un gran "colmena" oculto. En cuyo caso, poner en cuarentena el perro en un pequea rea que est 100% estril. "

"Dimensiones aproximadas son: 1 frasco de 500 de H2O2 al 3%, ms 1000 de la cc de agua, ms 3 cucharadas colmadas de brax. Revuelva hasta que la mayora de brax se disuelva. El brax es ms all del punto de saturacin de aqu, as que podrs ver algunos brax alrededor. Tcnicamente, la concentracin es de alrededor de 1,5% H2O2, y esto es un poco ms fuerte porque en el momento de terminar con ella, el H2O2 se reaccion con otras cosas, y cuando lo usamos es por lo general termina cerca de un 1 % de la solucin de todos modos. "

"Usted tiene que estar puesto como brax mucho hasta que se disuelva ya no est en un cubo de agua y forma un precipitado. Se trata de una solucin saturada de brax. Aadir H2O2 al 1% la concentracin en un cubo de agua. Remoje el perro entero, en varias ocasiones. Mantenga el perro mojado durante algn tiempo. El brax se destruyen los huevos de por debajo de la piel que causa la sarna. Obtener una solucin y el aerosol o utilcelo para limpiar todos los pisos por lo que el perro no va a recibir una nueva infeccin. Repita este todas las semanas al baarse. Esto no es una cura perfecta, pero mi perro ya no tiene sarna. Mi perro se cur completamente. Puede probar otros productos qumicos como perborato de sodio, que es ms conveniente ya que no es necesario aadir el perxido de hidrgeno. "

"La solucin (brax o, preferentemente, perborato de sodio), debe aplicarse despus del champ y enjuague. El perborato de sodio debe permanecer en el perro despus del bao. No se le aclare en absoluto. Debe seguir siendo en el perro durante todo el da para que se pronunciar continuamente acerca de los errores. "

"Sin embargo, recomiendo una forma menos txica de brax, que es perborato de sodio si usted puede encontrar uno. El secreto es que el brax (ms de perxido de hidrgeno) funcionarn mejor que otros remedios ms he tratado, esto incluye el aceite mineral, el neem de aceite (no, el aceite de neem no mata la sarna con la mayor eficacia perborato sdico) Lo he probado. En mi colonias sarna "y marcas comerciales para matar insectos no funcionan. NO NO MATAR El perxido de hidrgeno sarna, lo us SIMPLEMENTE utilizado como un catalizador para el brax ordinario en caso de que usted no puede obtener perborato de sodio. Aceites minerales simplemente evitar que el oxgeno de la sarna de llegar, pero eso no ha impedido. He tratado de nafta, arcillas bentonita, DMSO, el permanganato de potasio, el fluido de luz, etc . Todos trabajaron temporalmente, y que acaba de regresar. tengo que hacer una fuerte declaracin de que la frmula (brax + H2O2 o perborato de sodio) Las obras mejores marcas y es de amplio espectro. Se puede utilizar para controlar la sarna, los caros, pulgas y la enfermedad de Lyme (iniciado por los insectos espeluznantes). De hecho, he comparado lado a lado con aceite de neem, aceite mineral, vinagre de sidra de manzana y otros aqu en Bangkok y esta es la cura espectro ms amplio que he encontrado. Brax evita la desnaturalizacin del ADN / ARN en el perro y yo lo estn utilizando como extensin de la vida para los perros. Por ejemplo, un azcar ribosa, el azcar desoxirribosa, el azcar y diversas causas de envejecimiento acelerado en los perros puede ser frenado con la suplementacin de los perros indirectamente al hacer el lavado de brax. "

"Perxido Preparar una solucin al 1%, aadir 2-3 cucharadas de brax a la taza. Revolver y esperar un par de minutos para que el brax se disuelva. La frmula no requiere de una ciencia exacta. La importancia es agregar brax suficiente hasta la solucin ya no es soluble y el pasado y la saturacin. "

"... La razn por la que no funciona es USTED NO PUEDE EL PERRO DE ENJUAGUE brax y solucin de perxido con cualquier champ o el agua. Despus de que el perro de bao, mantener al perro de esa manera, no secar sin enjuagar. Por ello, el perro tiene no ha mejorado. BORAX Tambin se agrega directamente a la solucin de perxido de hidrgeno al 1% y no se aade agua por separado, de lo contrario la solucin es demasiado dbil. "

7/12/2006: "He revisado todos los tratamientos del perro sarna, tanto por mis propias pruebas y por muchos contribuyentes. Parece que mucha gente tiene problemas para obtener materiales, como el perborato sdico hidratado, por lo que revis el recurso al perxido de hidrgeno ms solucin de brax aplica slo una vez ms o menos cada semana. La solucin de hidrato de perborato de sodio es muy similar al de brax y el perxido de hidrgeno se agrega. Algunos han sustituido ya sea con perxido de hidrgeno perxido de benzoilo.

El problema de perxido de benzoilo es el lmite superior por el cual usted puede usarlo sin efecto el perro, ya que es algo ms txico si se les da ms all de una concentracin del 10%. 5% es generalmente una concentracin segura. El perxido de benzoilo, debido a su toxicidad es algo de un insecticida, mientras que el perxido de hidrgeno no es, lo que es en la formulacin original es que es un penetrante que permite el brax que pasar por la piel. Ahora algunos no como el perxido de hidrgeno debido a su oferta es limitada, as que hacen uso del vinagre de sidra de manzana. Para m, una de vinagre ordinario es suficiente. Tanto el vinagre y perxido de hidrgeno tiene dos similitudes. Es a la vez penetrante y cuando se aade con un material seguro insecticidas como el brax, que tiene una toxicidad DL 50 equivalente a la de la sal, este es el mtodo preferido. Sin embargo, uno no debe usar el cido brico muertes ya que se presentan asociados con el cido brico, pero no brax.

El cido brico no est recomendado para su uso ya que es mucho ms txico que el brax. toxicidad de Borax es alrededor de 3000 mg / kg, que es el equivalente a cerca de la toxicidad de la sal. (Wikipedia cheque). La idea es hacer una solucin de brax para que la solucin puede cubrir todo el cuerpo y penetran a travs de la piel del perro para matar los caros Demodex, por ejemplo. Para utilizar un tratamiento in situ de polvo puro tomar un tiempo infinitamente largo, ya que no hacerlo en la piel del perro.

En algunos casos, las personas han tratado de aceite de neem, aceite mineral. Ambos tienen una eficacia similar, pero de diferentes maneras. Neem aceite evita que las pulgas Demodex pongan huevos mediante la modificacin de sus hormonas, mientras que los hidrocarburos son moderadamente txicos slo para los huevos demodex, no necesariamente los mata. Sin embargo, ambos son muy limitados sobre la base de las pruebas que realic en realidad matar a los insectos. Usted ve que tanto el brax matar a los huevos, la modificacin de las hormonas y sus huevos mediante el secado de todos a la vez. La debilidad de brax es limitada solubilidad y la penetracin limitada de la piel que necesita o bien el vinagre, el perxido de hidrgeno, perxido de benzoilo (txico), MSM o solucin de DMSO. Lo ideal sera que DMSO 10% se debe preferir.

Pino Sol ha limitado la eficacia insecticida, que es un insecticida de contacto, y no proporcionan energa duradera matar una vez que se haya evaporado y no mata las pulgas que viven, pero no mata los huevos un poco. Slo una solucin bastante concentrada de obras y no impedir que vuelvan a la postura de huevos perdidos por el perro. En otras palabras, el uso de aceite de neem, aceite mineral, el perxido de benzoilo, y vaselina no impedir que el recurrente de la sarna, ya los huevos no son slo en el perro, pero puede ser en cualquier lugar de la casa. Por lo tanto la re-infeccin es que se trata. La magia que brax tiene sobre sus vecinos es que el polvo de brax deja que los perros en la casa va a matar a los huevos, incluso despus de los perros ya no tiene sarna y la re-infeccin es por lo tanto casi imposible. Sin embargo, el brax tiene un efecto limitado en matar a los caros ms grandes y las pulgas, sarna, pero no.

He descubierto que la adicin de 1 / 8 cucharadita por litro de agua de brax aadido al agua del perro har que las pulgas ms grande a secarse y morir al mismo tiempo. Mi perro por alguna razn le gusta comer algo as como ms de 1 g de cristales de perborato de sodio cada vez que se siente mal y las pulgas los justos mueren. El brax modifica la sangre del perro y mata a la sarna del revs. Esta es la razn por brax, es decir, perborato de sodio, se requiere para la sarna, pero no cualquier otra cosa, debido a la re-infeccin de prevencin de la sarna por el polvo de las brax que destruye los huevos donde el perro duerme y donde se pasea por toda la casa .

VASELINA: El problema sobre el uso de vaselina como insecticida es que ha limitado la muerte de los huevos, pero su debilidad es que no es penetrante, y por lo tanto la frecuencia de las solicitudes se llevar al menos una vez cada dos das. Adems, el pelo del perro se opongan a la aplicacin adecuada.

Algunos han lleg al extremo de no utilizar una solucin de brax con perxido de hidrgeno como un enjuague y luego sigui probable, tal vez un polvo brax despus del bao. En cuanto al argumento de ser eficaces slo como un tratamiento localizado. Dado que los perros no tienen glndulas sudorparas, no usar un enjuague evitar que el brax se absorba en la piel para eliminar la sarna en virtud de su piel. As que esto no va a funcionar. Se necesitan las dos brax como un insecticida, el agua como la solucin que en su difusin a la superficie de la piel, y un penetrante fiable para conseguirlo a travs de la piel, tales como el vinagre, MSM, DMSO, o incluso el perxido de hidrgeno. Un perxido de benzoilo es a la vez una penetrante e insecticida, pero en mayor concentracin es algo txico para los perros y como resultado est bastante limitada por la concentracin mxima que no exceda ms all de ser un 5% de seguridad que prefiera. Prefiero limitarme a un 3%.

En consecuencia, propongo, no para que te pierde en el bosque, es que cualquier formulacin que utilice, siempre se mantienen con el borax y derivados brax, como perborato de sodio monohidrato son los productos qumicos insecticidas principales para el perro.

El piretro es dar el visto bueno a pero en concentraciones muy bajas de alrededor del 0,1% - 0,2% para evitar irritacin de la piel de los perros cerca de las zonas infeccin de la piel. La mezcla de segundo que necesita es siempre la penetrante y el tercero es la formulacin de diluciones adecuadas en el agua. Para proporcionar un efecto duradero matar, no de estos productos qumicos en general, deben ser mezclas insecticidas no voltil, que por desgracia son los ms recomendados, con excepcin tal vez de brax y bentonita. Bentonita causas huevos a secas, por lo que se puede utilizar tambin, pero no tienen mezcla de insecticidas como el brax y el brax puede lleva a cabo tanto matar a los insectos, la modificacin de las hormonas para evitar la puesta de huevos, se convierte en un veneno para el estmago del insecto, y al mismo tiempo el tiempo hace que sus huevos a secarse.

Por lo tanto, seguir siendo muy flexible en cuanto a lo que se utiliza penetrantes incluyendo perxido de hidrgeno, perxido de benzoilo (concentracin limitada), y el vinagre. Cabe sealar que al formular cualquier sarna es preciso sealar que no deben ser voltiles y los productos qumicos debe causar residuos microscpicos alrededor de la casa para que la infeccin vuelva de la sarna se impide, incluidos los caros y pulgas.

Creo que esto envuelve la teora bsica y la aplicacin de tratamiento de la sarna, y es de esperar que otras personas hacen un formulaciones ms eficaces en el futuro por lo menos igual o mejor que la frmula original que he propuesto. Slo quiero decirles que hay muchas maneras que usted puede tratar la sarna, pero el tema es uno de toxicidad, la reinfeccin, los niveles de txicos, que parte de la mata y cmo, y que es el penetrante que es la clave de todo. Penetrante es importante, el producto qumico debe llegar a la meta demodex debajo de la piel. Por lo general, el perxido de hidrgeno, el vinagre, DMSO y MSM hacer eso. Hay que recordar una vez ms que el brax, un funcionamiento ms efectivo, es preparar una solucin sin lavar, seguidos por una pequea cantidad de polvo de brax que se aplicar si lo desea. Cualquier otra aplicacin que no sea esta como el uso como forma pura en polvo no es ir a trabajar.

Ted's Mange Treatment Tips  

Posted by Stephan Toth (London, United Kingdom) on 09/20/2009

The advice for using Borax for the Treatment of Mange and other Mites is very good however there seems to be some confusion so I hope to clarify the situation.

1) If your dog has mites then you can be sure that they are present in the whole of the area that your dog uses and that in a lot of cases the humans have them too. You can test if you have mites (scabies) if you itch after having a bath or at night when you go to bed.

2) You have to treat the whole of the above at the same time or you will have a cycle of reinfestation from your pet to the house to you to your pet. So choose an action day and get everything ready for your war on mites.

3) In the case of your house, all beds, sofas, carpets, cusions etc that are too big to be washed including rugs and carpets should be treat with the borax solution or lime sulphur and covered in strong plastic sheeting using duct tape. I know its a lot of bother but its cheaper than throwing them outside and burning them.

4)Having taken the pets outside, Make up the solution of Borax using the following equivalents (one cup hydrogen peroxide and two cups water first and then the 9 teaspoons or 3 tablespoons of borax put in last. let the borax dissolved) This translates for bulk production as:- The borax mange treatment is made by filling a five-gallon bucket with warm water and then adding a 200 milliliter bottle of three percent hydrogen peroxide. Finally add borax laundry booster until full saturation is achieved. This means when borax is added to the water, rather than dissolving, it sinks to the bottom of the bucket.

5) Hoover and damp dust everything using the above solution that has been recomended. Then seal all the relavant soft covered furniture (sofas), soft furnishings, beds and matresses and finally cover carpets with foundation plastic using duct tape to seal the edges.

6) Wash out a kitchen detergent bottle that has a squirty spray handle on it and fill it with the borax solution. In the yard, spray the whole of the underside of the dog or other animal, you may have to refil the bottle several times for large animals. when you have reached saturation point on the underside change the spray bottle over to the large sponge and use this to pour the solution on the animals back from neck to tail. Finally we come to the head and the moste sensitive area around the eyes. First put a drop mineral oil in the eyes, then use cottonwool balls dipped in the solution and go over the face very gently and very carefully around the eyes. Pay particular attention to the ears, the muzel and under the chin making sure that they are saturated down to the skin.

7) Lovely now the house is sorted and the animals are treated there is just the humans to attend to. Though dog mites including mange (dog scabies) cannot live and reproduce on humans for more than a few days they can live long enough to reinfest the animal when you groom or stroke it. So, I am afraid its the full body treatment for the whole of the family. You can uese any of the following, Derbac M, Quellada M, Lyclear Dermal or a 30 gram tube of 5% permethrin cream. Make sure that you cover every bit of skin area and under the feet and rub it into your finger and toe nails too. The human treatment should be done at weekly intervals. Do not use the same incetacide more than three times in three weeks. Of couse if you dont mind a tinted skin, you can easily use the borax treatment on yourself.

8) The borax treatment on the animal should be done every three to four days until the mites are completely cleared and then for ten days after the last signs are gone.

9) During the treatment period, all members of the family should handle the animals only when wearing rubber gloves. Animals should be trained not to go on any furniture during this time. Children should be discouraged from wrestling or cuddling the animal until it is given the all clear.

10) If you find that after this you or your animal is still showing signs of infection then you must enquire with your family to asertain who is not following the rules.

11) When your animal has been clear for ten days you can take the plastic off of your funiture and give them a good hoover. (Don't forget to wash the hoover and its pipes with borax before using it.)

Kind Regards

Stephan Toth

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa

Stephan;I used the mineral oil on my cats eye's an they burned them(nothing serious)so I found another option I'd like to share, some one else had mentioned to use tripple antibiotic cream on eye's so now I use it on my kitten as well as my self an it does wonders. How-ever mineral oil is great for cleaning out animals ears. Good luck


I wonder if human ointment for dry eyes ( like lacrilube )would work and be safe?

Treating the Environment  

Posted by Nicole (Portland, Me) on 01/15/2015

Hello, with mange, I am wondering how often the environment needs to be treated?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Nicole!

If you are dealing with demodectic mange then you don't need to worry about the environment as far as contamination.

If you are dealing with sarcoptic mange then those mites can live off the host in the environment long enough to infect another host. If you are dealing with sarcoptic mange I would sterilize the environment in conjunction with the dipping protocol for Ted's mange remedy - and also use diatomaceous earth to ensure no mites survive off the host in the environment.

Replied by Aj

My GSD has what I think is mange. I cannot afford vet for treatment. I've used Ted's remedy just now, and praying for Bruzor's skin to heal. I have a pool in my backyard, surrounded by grass. How do I treat the pool and yard for these mange mites? He swims in the pool everyday. Could this be causing the mange? Please let me know asap. I love my pup and I need advice!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Aj!

When I see posts about mange from Florida my first thought is FLEAS and not mange; have you ruled fleas out?

The kind of mange your dog could catch from around the pool would be sarcoptic mange; these might hide out in bunny or squirrel poop or the live critters; do you see vermin in your yard, and has Bruzor caught any vermin? If no, then you might consider fleas, or a skin infection caused by a damp coat that doesn't get fully dried after a swim.

Ted's mange remedy will help in either case but if it is fleas you will need to treat your yard - consider a cedar granule type product in that case.


Would that be something you'd buy at a garden centers or online? Am I allowed to ask for a product name? I have coyotes., bears and foxes in my yard a lot and I do know they've left fleas. I have have also seen neighbor dogs with mites and mange.

Replied by Philippa Church

My beautiful little terrier has just been diagnosed (skin scrape and biopsy) with demodetic mange. I don't want to subject him to the harsh toxins in mitiban or the invermectin so will be starting the Borax HP treatment. Thank you TED for posting it. Have also read that flowers of sulphur works well and wondering if I can combine the two? Borax/HP bath every 4 days and flowers of sulphur mixed with talc or neem/coconut oil every day. What do you think?

Replied by Philippa Church

And one more question! Borax is. It in sale in Uk, just Borax substitute. I have ordered some Borax online - not Mule Team as they don't sell it here. It is 99.9% pure Borax. Will this be OK?

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My poor 8 week old lab puppy is bombarded with what I believe is some type of mange. Itchy ALL over. Scabs and sores on elbows, head and belly as well as being very red. Hair loss as well. Her itching is driving us both crazy. Literally.

I got online to do some research and found Ted's cure. I have used it as well as Selsun Blue to wash her prior to treatment.

I do have to say this. I am on the fence as to whether the cure is going to work yet but the Selsun Blue is amazing. It took all the crusty crap and stuff off with first use. But when I applied the borax solution I could tell it must have stung because she was whimpering a lot. so I guess we will see if it works or not.

I did forget to add that Nyla has been to the vet and the vet it unsure of what it is. Skin scrapings didn't reveal the issue. I refused the harsh meds.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Mary,

My gut feeling is that you are not dealing with mange. If your pup's skin was responsive to the Selsun Blue, then you may well be dealing with a fungal infection on the skin.

If this were my puppy I would:

Feed only top notch groceries; NO brands of kibble that contain grains and corn.

Give a bath daily or every other day in the Selsun Blue until the skin is healed up or well on its way to healing. THEN I would switch to Ted's Mange remedy for 1 dip per directions, and see if that makes a difference at all.

Additionally adding 1 capsule Evening Primrose oil to the food am and pm may help with the skin.

I would also check with your breeder - are the litter mates of this puppy similarly affected? Share your knowledge - it could be another puppy in the litter has the same issue and it could be that owner has a remedy that is more effective, or has a definitive diagnosis for mange.

Please report back!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Susan,

I think the best deterrent to fleas and ticks in the yard is a short cut lawn. Ticks stay to grassy areas, so a three foot border of sand or gravel between pet areas and woods is also a deterrent. The cedar granules product name can vary - research and see what ingredients agree with you. I honestly think the three foot gravel barrier combined with a citrus vinegar spray is the most effective. Make the citrus spray by putting all your citrus rinds in a gallon jug and fill with white vinegar and let steep for a few weeks/month, and then strain into a Hudson type sprayer and spray the gravel area. I don't use any 'products' on my fur kids, but I do bathe them and check them often for parasites. If you find fleas, give them a bath; if you find ticks dab with tea tree oil on a q-tip swab and wait no more than 10 minutes; then use a human comb to gently comb out the dead tick.