I knew my dog had mange this summer, or possibly a terrible case of flea allergies. All I knew was if I went to the vet he would slowly poison my dog, at a very high cost to me. Traditional mange treatments are very harsh, mitaban is extremely toxic to say the least. I'm not against going to the vet, I sure have spent a lot of money on my four dogs there. So I searched for natural non toxic remedies, and I found your website. At the time you had only 2 remedies posted. At this point my dog was only 1 1/2 years old, a purebred, and well taken care of, there was no good reason for him having mange, or at the worst terrible flea allergies. He is a beautiful black and white Australian Shepherd. This is what I did.
I tried the remedy from Ted of Bangkok. I had two problems with his recipe. I never could keep enough hydrogen peroxide in the house. I only used it twice. And he said to leave the mixture on the dog, and don't dry him off, well what do you do with a sopping wet dog in the house, or when it's super cold outside. So I modified the recipe and method of application. Max (my dog) had lost at least 60% or more of his fur, from his shoulder blades all the way to his tail, including his legs, underbelly, and even the back of his ears. This was pathetic, I'm sorry but I didn't take pictures, to prove my point. THIS IS HOW I CURED MAX. These are the ingredients I used. You must buy these, nothing else, no substitutes. 20 MULE TEAM BORAX, it will say natural laundry booster under Borax, you can get it at Wall Mart Super Centers, and ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, IT'S RAW AND UNFILTERED, You can only get it at a health food store. ( Do not buy at a grocery store, those vinegars only smell and look like vinegar, but they have absolutely no medicinal value.) The third and last ingredient is simple cheap, people shampoo, like VO5, or Suave.
THIS IS HOW TO APPLY. IF YOU DOG IS REALLY, REALLY, BAD WITH MANGE, DO THIS EVERY THIRD DAY. WHEN MY MAX STARTED GETTING BETTER, USUALLY AFTER WASHING HIM EVERY THIRD DAY FOR TWO WEEKS, NOW I ONLY DO HIM ONCE A WEEK. Now all you need is a small plastic cereal bowl. Put 1/2 cup of borax in bowl, now put 1 1/2 to 2 cups of warm water in the bowl, mix it very well with a spoon, not all of it will dissolve, lots of it will settle on the bottom of the bowl, don't worry. Now add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar to the bowl, mix well. Your dog is now in the tub, well lathered up, Now you take the mixture, and pour, or apply by hand all over his body, it will spread easily, don't worry about the grittiness, just don't rub it in too hard, it might fell like sandpaper on the dogs skin. I would have my dog sit with all this stuff on him in the tub for at least 3-5 minutes. Well I was worried about winter, and my fur less dog, but now in less than two months all of his fur is back, happy, healthy, and playing in the snow. One thing I didn't mention at the onset of his problem I did a 2 week detox on him to help out his immune system. This sure couldn't hurt any dog with illnesses. P.S. Get the book " Apple Cider Vinegar " It's only $8.00 at your Health Food Store, or go to www.bragg.com to order. This is an amazing old time, folk type remedy. I've been taking it for less than 2 months, and have had amazing results, you'll know why your dog is getting better once you know what this product is capable of doing. I wish good health to everyone's best buddies, good luck!!!
So you don't wash the shampoo off before you use the solution of borax/apple cidar vinegar?
Borax and Peroxide User Reviews
Have a boxer/mini pincher mix, male, started showing symptoms of mites. I read just about every comment to this remedy and concluded a few things:
(1) I would assume that if the provider of the remedy titled it "Cure for Demodectic and Sarcoptic Mange, it does not matter which kind your dog has, this remedy should work for both kinds of mites, and as Ted says, fleas, ticks and other critters.
(2) The notion that a dog who manifests an outbreak of demodectic mites is genetically inferior and unworthy of breeding is suspect at best. Consider, the underlying reason for most demodectic episodes is a compromised immune system. It does not follow that this is a genetic deficiency when the primary reason for poor pet immune response is POOR DIET. So all these yahoos who militantly advocate the destruction of an animal's raison de etre, namely its reproductive organs, on the basis that the animal displayed symptoms very likely to have been induced by an owner's negligence, is frightening in its brutality.
(3) 95% of all the comments relating "veterinary medicine's" response to this condition were the same, a vet medical establishment appalling in its capriciousness and bad faith. It would seem that many vets do not even think of mites as a possible diagnosis, at least until 2-4 other, expensive, toxic and ineffective responses have been IMPOSED on the unwitting pet owner. This leads me to believe, quite reasonably I think you will agree, that most vets are EITHER evil OR stupid; maybe BOTH.
Bottom line, this cure is just that, a cure. To those who need to know exactly what to expect, know that the first treatment for my dog seemed to really highlight all the affect areas on his body. I really did not know the extent of his infestation until AFTER the borax/peroxide solution dries. The wounds become red, puffy and pronounced. GREAT, that is the little mite saying "OH S$#@". After treatment my dog is stuck to my side, like I'm his doggy savior.
Borax and Peroxide User Reviews
I am so glad to find this forum and this thread. I have two cats with an infestation that has been called "nothing, " "blackheads, " "mange, " "lice, " and various other useless things by a series of vets and vet dermatologists. The infestation is a small insect that burrows into the skin. Apparently, that's not in the vet manual, so they just pretend it isn't there. It mimics some effects of mites. It responds to avermectins, but develops a tolerance to ANY therapy after two weeks. The cats self-mutilate in an agony of itchiness if I don't treat them at least every seven days. They get secondary infections in their skin in the holes where the bugs lived. (And no, it's not warbles! )
I want to try this borax treatment. Unfortunately, my husband is wildly opposed to vinegar and hydrogen peroxide and DMSO. Is it possible that vodka (40% alcohol) can be used as the liquid to make the borax penetrate the skin? We use vodka to dip the cats it to keep the current infestation under control, in combination with rotating types of avermectin shots. This keeps the bugs under control, whatever they are, but it hasn't been a cure. I don't recommend this to anyone else, though. The vodka-dipped kitty is flammable until it dries, so we cage them away from heat or flame. We dip them once a week. This treatment has saved their lives, so far, but it has not cured them. I have read many accounts of pet owners with intractable infestations, especially in the San Diego area. They describe the same symptoms that my cats have, and the same misdiagnoses. And all report the same resolutely ignorant responses from veterinarians. There are even several boards where people recommend treatments. But nothing has been a cure for my kitties, and I would like to try borax. Does anyone know if I can mix it with the pure vodka dip? Thanks--Desperate Kitty Mama in San Diego