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

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

Worked Temporarily

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

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

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

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

Any suggestions?


Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Louise,

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

~Mama to Many~


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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Louise,

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

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

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

Please report back!


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

Replied by Louise

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

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

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

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

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

Hi Louise,

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

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

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

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

Replied by Louise

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Louise!

What pesticide did you apply that gave you good results?

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

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

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

Please report back!

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

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

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

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

Replied by Louise

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

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

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney Australia

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Louise,

This, briefly on Revolution:

"What is Revolution?

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


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

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

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

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

Please report back!

Replied by Louise

Yes, I am pretty sure it is sarcoptic mange.

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

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Louise,

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

Replied by Louise

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

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

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

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

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Louise!

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

Replied by Louise

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

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

Replied by Jane

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

Replied by Coreen
Southeast Michigan

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

Replied by Ricardo
Sao Paulo

I suggest you give a shot of ivomec plus in your dog. It will resolve all problems related to your dog´s skin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Lisa,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please report back!

Replied by Lisa
San Francisco, Ca
11 posts

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

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

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

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

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



Replied by Lisa
San Francisco, Ca
11 posts

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

Thanks again!

Replied by Lisa
San Francisco, Ca
11 posts

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


Replied by Lisa
11 posts
5 out of 5 stars

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

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

Replied by Lisa
San Francisco Ca
11 posts

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

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

EDIT and UPDATE - May 8 2016

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

Replied by Lisa
San Francisco Ca
11 posts

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

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

Replied by Lisa
San Francisco, Ca
11 posts

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

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

Cheers, Lisa

Replied by Lisa
11 posts

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Lisa,

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

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

Replied by Jane

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

Replied by Michelle
London England Uk

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

Replied by Lee
0 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Lee,

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

Replied by Debra

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

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


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

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

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

Thanks EarthClinic and Ted from Thailand!

Replied by Leonard
Hampton, Ga

What type of Borax do I use? Thank you.

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

Replied by Priscilla

Hi Leonard!

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

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

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


What is Rebecca's homestead & how do I find it??

Replied by Michelles
Penticton, Canada

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

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Michelle,

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

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

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

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

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Karen,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Replied by Diamond

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

Replied by Diamond

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

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

Replied by Karen
Athens Greece

Firstly thank you Theresa for getting back to me.

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

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

I think she is probably allergic to the mite bites.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you

Seattle, Wa

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

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

Replied by Karen
Athens Greece

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Karen,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Replied by Karen


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

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

Replied by Ada

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

Replied by Jacqueline

Hi thank you for the wonderful advice.

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

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

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

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

It seems to be effective for about 4-6 hours

Thank you once again


Replied by Norma

Hello, everyone!

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

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

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

Questions that I have are:

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

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

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

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

Replied by Bea

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

Posted by Zdog (Santa Cruz, California) on 12/08/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I have to add to the list of relieved dogs after using Ted's formula. 5 year old APBT, She has always had big allergic flare ups with the Wandering Jew in the yard.. looked like a bad case of poison oak. After the flareup it would usually go away but this one was really bad and I think the Demodex snowballed and I have tried so many things that did not work. She was losing hair in a lot of little spots here and there, chewing at her tail and feet, itching. All along I thought it was here allergies to the plant... to food... I changed here from TOTW food to Acana hoping that would help but there was no difference.

Finally I knew there was another factor and tried Ted's remedies. INSTANT RELIEF!!!! This being a mix of allergies in the onset before the mange had stumped a couple of vets and I am so glad I finally got it figured out. Now if I could only keep the Wandering Jew from growing back!

Posted by Jessbcause (Seattle, Washington) on 11/11/2015
4 out of 5 stars

Hello, we have been doing the Borax solution for a few weeks. The thing is, he has it BAD, and had it his whole life, he is 11 now. He suddenly got worse then normal a couple of years ago and lost almost all of his fur. He gets these bubbly scabs all over and now his head and ears. The solution baths have worked great on his itching (very little), and his ears are starting to heal... But no hair is growing back. He has actually been losing hair, and still has open wounds/scabs all over his body...

I am just worried, should we put him back on his antibiotics while we give him Ted's Mange Solution? He sleeps a lot and is losing the the little hair he had left. The only thing is, his itching has gotten less and his ears are starting to look better. He has scabs that open and bleed every day, his neck, his back. His paws he over licks all the time... I know I heard he is supposed to look worse before better... But it has been about a month from doing this, and no hair growth, and still open scabs that bleed. The Antibiotics used to keep him from bleeding some.... Please some advice? Thank you!

We also give him 2 fish oil tablets a day and tablespoons of Coconut oil to eat and some on his skin. This is all to help boost his immune system and sometimes these vitamin chews.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Jessbcause!

If this were my dog I would take him to the vet and run a thyroid panel. It could be your boy has a low functioning thyroid which would cause all the problems you describe. I think the coconut oil on the skin is a good idea and you might consider adding calendula or lavender to the oil as well. But please consider seeing your vet for a thyroid check.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc, Canada

Jessbcause (Seattle, Washington) ---

My big lovable rescue came to me with these complaints. I found out he had to suffer these conditions for four years before he found me.

Because he suffered this for so long, it will probably take a year or more to heal. There is also staph infection and mites. Fleas are not seen because of the treatments I give. To stop his pain and itching (he was actually screaming) I doused his bloody back with turmeric powder, lots of it. In about three minutes he was quiet and rested in a corner.

Then I treated him with Ted's mite bath but after a month of this his skin started to break, bleed and what coat he had quite rough. So we knew -no borax for dry bleeding skin. I now started to warm Neem Seed Oil and rubbed his entire body being careful of his face as the eyes might tear.

We have this done now for over several months. His coat is beautiful, his skin well lubricated and healthy. He has had two baths with Dr. Bronner's kastile liquid soap with lavender. The mites fall dead and because neem oil stops them from reproducing, the situation has much improved except the coat over his lower back is not as dense. I am treating his head with colloidal silver in a washcloth to get the mites. He had a little, fast growing tumour in his inner ear flap. I applied turpentine from Georgia, US and the thing disappeared within days and that is almost a year now with no recurrence.

Because his coat and skin are so wonderful, we enjoy our session every few days or even once a week. He knows how to turn and roll over by now. The mites seem less but because of their cycle, we have to persevere and be patient. No fleas.

Now I use neem seed oil on my head, too for its benefits.

For any itchy warts, apply iodine with a qu- tip several times. We are starting with this now.

For diet I give coconut oil and/or hemp seed oil. Because the mites seem to go after oil in the skin. I have also used coconut oil but neem oil is good enough. He also gets home made kefir. BTW do treat the tail and end especially with vigilance as mites always start from there.

Good luck with your doggy I am sure you will see light at the end of the tunnel.

Namaste, Om

Seattle, Wa

Hi! Thanks for your reply! We are SO happy to say, that he is SOOOOOO much BETTER! His whole front half head to back looks like almost all his hair is growing back! It is incredible, he feels so smooth, so happy, energetic! AMAZING he got his youth back! I will be uploading Before, During, and After pics! For everyone to know, I believe this was one of the WORST cases of Dermo. mange... there IS a light at the end of the tunnel! The comment that kept us going was someone who wrote that "It tends to get worse before it gets better! " God Bless! Our prayers were answered! :)

Replied by Trish
North Carolina

To Whom it may concern,

I need to know if this mixture will affect my dog he is on prednisone for his hips. Will it have any effect on it?

May God Bless, Trish

Replied by Jessbcause
Seattle, Wa
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for the comments! So since I made this post, there has been changes for the better! His itching has stopped a lot, but still shakes his head and whole body when he gets up. His head has all of the dry scabs off and his ears he used to not let us even touch, and we can flap them open, massage them, anything! So they cleared up. His energy has picked up as well! We can also see little hairs starting to grow all over his backside where it was bald before. The only thing is he still has some open scabs on his upper back. There is a little patch of hair left, I feel most the mites are there though. We keep giving him a bath every 3-4 days so we are just keeping and staying positive :). We definitely will take them into the vet if he gets any worse!

I will keep in mind everyone's advice - thank you!


Replied by Karen
West Australia

This poor dog. Had it for 11 years? Is that all you feed for diet?? What about protein etc.. You know, things like meat and offal and bones?

Posted by Pitbull Love4ever (Tampa, Fl) on 10/17/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I just want to leave a review. The borax, peroxide solution you put up worked wonders for my dog. His infection was so bad that he came to a halt. I finally had took him in because I finally had the money. His infection was caused by allergies to birds food (chicken, fowl) once we change him to the bison taste of the wild, his antibiotics, steroid wipes he was completely healed.

If the people trying this solution and it doesn't completely go away it's probably because the infection spread to many layers of the skin and needs the medications to help. My pet has sensitive skin so any insect bite, grass etc will cause to flare up. So he is on hydroxyzine once a day to maintain. For those who can afford meds use .thank you so much for the beginning part of his treatment. It was a blessing.

Replied by Karen

You say "sensitive skin". But what is the dogs diet? Immune system is no doubt compromised.

Posted by Julia (Olive Hill, Kentucky) on 10/02/2015

Today is day one of trying Ted's Mange treatment. I rescued Jackie Pooh 2 years ago. He had the worst case of demodectic mange ever! His 3 siblings and his Mom had it as well. His mom is was a larger beagle and his dad was a smaller pyr. His mom and siblings cleared up quickly andnicely with a grain free diet, and medicated baths. They were not as affected as Jackie Pooh. Jack has been a challenge! One of my talents has been growing hair on dogs! LOL!

I'm attaching 2 pics. One is of his back the first day I saw Jackie Pooh. The other is him a few weeks ago.

Those first few weeks were horrible. The lady that owned him since birth was unable to care for them so she asked for help. He was so shut down, he had lived his 1 1/2 year long life in the back of a dog house because the sun hurt his skin. He was terrified of everything and in so much pain and discomfort. His skin would pop open and bleed in places if you touched him. He smelled horrible. I rolled up my sleeves and said I can fix this! Yikes!

He has had numerous skin scrapes, the last 2 came back negative. He has been on a grain free diet from the start and gets probiotics and fish oil. He has been tested for thyroid issues twice. He had a complete Cushings test. His blood work has always come back great. He is neutered and HW neg.

I tried my usual routine, and used Frontline Spray on him along with medicated baths and good diet. He cleared up some. I never use Ivermectin. I hate the stuff. My vet doesn't even offer it to me for mange dogs, he knows I will say no. I was not getting anywhere with him except a few tufts of hair at a time grew in. I tried Advantage Multi. Nope. Changed foods again. Nope. Broke down and tried amitraz dip. Never again. Finally had big breakdown and tried Ivermectin even though I hate the stuff. Minimal results. So we have just continued medicated baths twice a month, good diet, fipronil spray. And this is where we have been for quite a while now. I kinda gave in and said, OK, it is what it is and I love him and he won't get adopted so I have this Kentucky Crested, as we fondly call him.

So I will give Ted's a try. Let's see if this helps. Because Pooh gets baths so often, he is great about getting wet. We didn't have any problem making or applying the treatment. If there ever was a test for Ted's treatment, it will be Jackie Pooh!!! It is certainly cheap and easy to make!

EC: HI Julia, please submit another post for the 2nd photo. Unfortunately, the software we are using for uploading photos only allows 1 pic per post. Sorry about that!

Replied by Celso
Philadelphia, Pa
5 out of 5 stars

Just wanted to say ... I took my dog to the vet .. and the skin scraping didn't reveal having mange.... but all of a sudden the brown crust from my dog's anal area started moving its way up his body .... and I have 4 other dogs itching crazy ... I used this treatment about 2 days ago on all the dogs .. their skin went back to a mild pink from a bright red..... the itching has stopped about 75% .... so far so good ... thanx ted ;)

Replied by Amy
Long Island, Ny

Get food grade diatomecious earth from Home Depot or tractor supply. It must be food grade. Mix w water and bathe dogin it. Also Google it's either a teaspoon or tablespoon to sprinkle on food or mix w food for him to eat it. Also get spray bottle half apple cider vinegar and half water shake and spray dog every single day. Do not miss one day of this. Make sure to get it on his arms so he can lick it as well. Don't forget to treat ears. Also, I would get dropper bottle and every day and do 2-3 drops of the half n half mix of vinegar in the ears and rub under ear so it gets deep in the ear canal. Do not make it too wet. If it gets too wet, do it every other day or only do 2 drops instead of three good luck. Oh and bath the dog at least once a week. If it were my dog I would do 2 or three till you see results from diatomaceous earth.

Replied by Jw

Am wondering if I need to bathe my dogs before applying the treatment. I have a 4 month old with mange that spread to my 2 year old. Poor babies are itchy and scabby. Any suggestions?

Replied by Doris Moore
Las Vegas, Nv

Do I need to shampoo my dog before I use the peroxide/borax treatment?

Replied by Lloyd

Yes first bathe the dog! Preferably with a gentle shampoo so as to keep the skin hydrated.

Replied by Koys

How many mix solution every treatment/bathe? ex. in shih tzu. Thanks.

Replied by Carole
Fresno, California

The borax does not dilute, just settles on the bottom.

Replied by Bea

Small molecules of benzyl peroxide in shampoo (5 microns or so) help to remove the waxy substance the mites use to block off the hair follicles, which prevents any treatments from getting down to them; it also causes the skin to develop sores. I found a shampoo that combines that and sulfur together, which seems to work. I think it's also good to use some kind of conditioning treatment, to prevent over-drying. I use one with enzymes, which should also help to prevent the waxy buildup. In fact, although his condition is generalized and the hair continues to loosen, we haven't had much waxy buildup since I got those shampoos.

Posted by Lynn (San Diego, Ca) on 09/26/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I found Mange cure two weeks ago.

Within a week my bulldog puppy's itching stopped 85%!! It was a miracle! Thank you so much Ted and everyone!!! We have been through a hellish time for 6 months!!

My puppy had a adverse reaction to her last puppy shot. She became worn out and not her self for 3 days. We gave her some homeopathic Sulfur which got her back to her puppy self and energy but she started the itching then.

She had ear issues when I got her and so she was having some issues maybe from vaccines or DNA or something before.

I had her on raw dog food and probiotics.

What ever happened her immune system could not keep the balance and about 2 months after the last vaccine she started not only itching but now breaking the skin and getting sores. A down hill slide started to happen to her skin. The regular vet said she had awful allergies.

(I wish I had know about the possiblity of mange I could have help her before as in her immune couldn't keep the mites, fugus, and yeast away till she got stronger)

I started two weeks ago using the mange cure exactly as prescribed. I do it every other day as my little bulldog had it so bad. Around her eye and whole side of face, under the chin looked like red elephant trunk skin! Her neck down over her shoulders she would scratch bloody all the area's and was lossing hair. She was living in a turtleneck Tee shirt and a soft cone. This was going on for about 5 months!! She looked like the kind of dogs they put down.

(Does anyone know how long before the elepant skin will become normal? It is better and the swelling is down)

I had her scraped by a regular not natural vet. when someone finally suggested it and they found no mange. But finally I realized if it looks like mange and smells like mange it is mange! Not sure what everyone was thinking that I had consulted with natural people in the pet industry at natural pet stores etc. They didn't recognize mange either. But just the hint from the vet made me go look for a natural cure on mange and found you TED!! Thank you!!!!!!!!

She also was so yeasty. Smelling like cornchips. Feet biting, ear red and blotchy. A mess. I did natural cure with raw food diet and a raw goat milk fermented with buttermilk culture for 6 months. But only got worse on the skin but though other things inside her got better, occasional wetting, rusty stuff around her vulva and mucus in throat. All that is gone now.

I didn't realize that mange, yeast and staph and other opportunistic things where adding to the problems of her immune system being off. I thought the nutritional and homeopathic meds were enough and didn't know I had to do out side things. Like a woman's yeast infection needs on going washes. Till the body can catch up.

My puppy lost her energy. This went on from age 6 months to now a year!

I found Mange cure two weeks ago.

Within a week her itching stopped 85%!! It was a miracle!

In these last 3 weeks I have added all kinds of food base nutritional things to her diet, new homepathics and used Dr. Becker's vet on Dr. Marcolas web.. "Yeast infection in dogs" site.

I made up a solution to spray 1-2 times aday.

1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide, 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 gallon distilled water, 1/4 cup colloidal silver and optional lavender or peppermint 10 drops or less. Also I added a little borax for the mange.

I spray her down with this morning and night when I haven't done the Mange Cure that day.

I also dip her feet morning and night in the water, vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide mentioned by Dr. Becker. Sometime more if she is biting them! I also powder her with organic cornstarch to dry her webs in feet and underarms out.

We are finally finding Peace. What a wonderful thing!!!

I also have been going to a homeopathic friend who is a expert. She guided me along and we have been treating her for 6 months. We finally broke through to deeper levels. It is like peeling off layers of an onion. Some of the major helps in remedies were homeopathic, Psorium, Phosphoricum, Tuberculium, And the best ones where...Mercury Corrosivus 30 c up to 10 M. but because she was right sided and had throat issues major was Mercurius Iodatus Flavus for her. Again we had to keep uping the does over a months time from 30 c to 10 M. Mercury has a strong smell sometimes metallic and are very sensitive! My friend noticed the smell and when we looked up the symptoms for skin it matched perfectly. We were on are way. My puppy also wanted to be warm all the time. Even though her body was so hot. (I thought she needed Sulfur because of that they are hot)

The best remedy for most dogs' skin is Sulfur but she was too sick and it took more layers and remedies to help her. Finally she started manifesting the full on symptoms of Sulfur. She was now avoiding hot and wanted to be cool! And of course the skin issues. And worse baths or water. And very lazy sleeping all the time but wakes up with other dogs or people. Sulphur are very social. I give her the Sulphur 30 once or so a day as needed you can tell by symptoms..itching attacks for us. And once a week we added Psorium which helps get the deeper issue that Miasim..(google homeopathy and Miasims)

So having given that about 3 weeks ago and now 2 weeks ago the mange and yeast cure we are on our way to health!! Finally!!!!

I know this is lots of info but it if helps you great. Get a good natural vet who does homeopathy if you can find one. I couldn't in my town and had to do what I could. They are out there though and now I do know of a few nearby. Just don't need them now. Learned the hard

I am so thankful for Ted and all the others on Earth Clinic!!!!!! Blessings,


PS this was the first dog I had had in 25 years. Dogs didn't used to have so many issues. But now you need a degree in Dog medicine to know how to handle all the eeidemic of issues. Thank God for the new interest, with raw food and people like you on Earth Clicnic to help us.

Replied by Lynn
San Diego Ca

Just wanted to say we had more than Mange! The Teds Mange cure has really helped the neck and the problems of hair loss their and itching.

But her eye and chin and parts of neck where not cured. So she also has Systemic yeast. The low immue system mess up by who knows breeding, Vet drugs, vaccines and so forth caused all kinds of problems.

So now we are onto using Homepathic Candida, Homeopathic Sulf. Great help. Thankful I have that in my plan.

Just started an Nzymes program. A woman told me how her dog was cured..she cried. I am amazed. They Misdiagnosed as say it is dog allergies...and then comes the fun and expense and heartache. That was my case.

It has been once week and we have started to heal. Warning it gets worse first!! Because the body is detoxing and sends it out onto the skin!!!! I was told by my Homeopathic Dr. to add Milk Thistel drops to her food to help the liver with the detoxing stress. But so worth it to get it gone. It can take 2 months to see results and then must keep it up for 1 year to get the yeast out of the body for ever!!!

Systemic yeast is hard to cure. Look at the video's and google video's on enzymes to learn even more. So wonderful.

I did want to also say that the Mange cure really really helped the itching! So thankful. Then when the eye and neck didn't heal I started the Nzyem protocal. The itch got awful..and her eye swelled with the skin around it and neck. But in a few days with a does of Sulf 200 and the detoxing starting to slow down the itch is almost gone in a week. The skin is slow. But we are on away. Think about it like me it make take several methods to build the dogs body up so all these things don't muliply. Sorry.. the vet stuff is not not not a cure! Though may look good for a while but ususally comes back. Or something worse comes as it is suppressing the immune not curing it. We heal from the head down and reverse order. Herring Law of cure. But in the end you want to cure your animal and I believe it is worth it to stay on it with diet and natural curative approachs. There is not easy fix for yourself or you dog. Cure is cure.

Posted by Mrsjvr (Eastern Cape, South Africa) on 09/08/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I am generally a sceptic of natural remedies but am so glad that I gave this incredible mange treatment a try. It really works. Our 4 month old border collie contracted mange from her mother. We since discovered several other pups from the same "breeder" also had it. We understood vet treatment could be very expensive and prognosis variable so decided to try alternative methods and found the borax and peroxide recipe.

Our girl was in a terrible state, red raw patches which were scabby and bleeding on her face, neck, legs which then spread to her hind quarter. She was very unhappy and had no spark in her at all. I started the recipe without much hope. I applied the mix twice a week and after a month saw signs of improvement in her skin and some hair growth returning.

I reread the instructions and realised she really needed to be completely drenched, especially as her coat was so thick the spray wasn't fully getting to her skin. It has taken over 10 weeks but the change has been incredible. She now has a long, glossy coat and is a happy, playful little puppy. I will keep going with spraying bedding and bathing her for a while longer just to ensure this horrible condition is fully abolished but I would like to say a huge thanks. A sceptic has been converted!

Replied by Dannyr
New Zealand, Auckland

Is it safe to use this on a pregnant Labrador?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Absolutely safe! Good luck with your pups!

Replied by Dave
Beckley, Wv

From what I've read, I understand that after I wash my dog with the solution, I'm not supposed to rinse her. Is this correct? I mean, what if my dog licks her skin? Is the borax dangerous if it's ingested?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Dave!

Borax is safe if your dog licks her skin. Borax is a remedy for yeast and fungal infections as well as a necessary mineral.

Replied by Jerrica

Will the solution affect carpeting? Or do you spray them with it and take them outside?


Posted by Cindy (Pa) on 07/07/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Just a note to say that I used Ted's recipe in my dog. Bathed her twice, two days in a row, and her mange was taken care of. I was very impressed with its success and recommend it to any who find their dogs with mange.

When your best friend your dog has mange, it is frightening and it spreads so fast that you feel helpless to stop it and it hurts to see your friends in such distress and quickly getting worse.

Thank you for sharing this inexpensive remedy. I am more than grateful.

Posted by Philippa (Uk) on 06/28/2015

We have been treating our terrier for over a month with Ted's mange cure. He had it quite bad all down his back. There is some improvement but the die off has led to lots of scabs, which he is scratching and now has huge bloody scabs. He has a bath every 4 days and not sure he will cope with yet another set if I do the staph bath too. So, can I do the staph treatment as a daily application rather than as a bath?

Replied by Lizzy
Asheville, Nc

Hi Philippa,

I have a dog who had a very serious issue with staph infections down his spine the past year. Please be careful those scabs don't turn into a worse infection. You'll be able to tell by the smell. My dog ended up with MRSA, which was a real nightmare to treat. If the staph formula does not improve your dog, I suggest you find a topical spray to help heal some of the scabs. I have two sprays that I use when my dog has scabs, one is called Vetericyn Wound Spray and the other is Vet's Best Hot Spot spray. The Vet's Best has been great along his spine, but under his armpits, I use the Vetericyn. I also use an anti-staph and MRSA shampoo I found on Amazon called DermabenSs that has done wonders at keeping my dog's skin from being too itchy and inflamed. I must shampoo him at least once or twice a week (depending on how hot it is outside) to keep his skin calm. You also might want to consider his diet to boost him immune system. I have been experimenting with different holistic brands the past 2 years and my dog seems to do best on a grain-free fish formula.

Hope your doggie improves very soon!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Phillipa!

Did your terrier get a vet scraping to confirm mange mites? I ask because what you describe doesn't strike me as mange, more like flea allergy or an allergy of some sort.

You can do the staph remedy in a spray bottle and just spray the bad spots with it.

One thing you might consider is the diet; avoid any kibble with grains, food dyes and un-named protein sources. Diet changes take a few weeks to show improvement, but they can make a huge difference.

Replied by Philippa

Yes, he had a scraping which showed bad mite infestation.

Yes, this is my concern. Gophers did go on anti biotics but the scabs are still there and he keeps itching. Have started to apply the anti staph remedy as a lotion so we'll see. Maybe he should have anti biotics too. Have also realised I may have compromised the mange remedy by not using distiller water, will do that from now on.

Replied by Waleed
5 out of 5 stars

Hey, my girl is really ithcy during the summers and she keeps chewing her legs, paws, and the back of her body, also really bad itching on the belly. She doesn't have hair loss nor are their are some sort of patches, the skin on her legs (some parts) is sort of blue, I have treated her with lots of medicated shampoes and other vet prescribed stuff, but nothing works. I can't figure out if it's mange or allergies? Also her skin smells too, maybe that's due to the chewing. Please guide.

Posted by Ernie (Naples, Fla) on 06/28/2015
5 out of 5 stars

My Corgi Jack is 12 years old and he had mange so bad we thought he was dying. After months and months and hundreds of Vet dollars I stumbled upon Ted's cure. It's been a couple months and Jack who used to be one solid patch of scabs is like 90% cleared up. He's perky again and I am so thankful for coming upon this cure. I plan on using it a couple more weeks and going to the Vet so they can look at him. He is so much better, this treatment works PERIOD!!!!!

Thank you for all the info.