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

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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.

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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.

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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?


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted by Lacat (Malaysia) on 05/14/2015

Dear All,

I am at my wit's end! Our 2.5 year old (street) dog has been chronically itchy for 5 months now. I put her on a raw, high protein diet about 4 months ago to try and cure it and she seem's quite healthy other than this incessant self-mutilation. Having been put on antibiotics for most of her young life by our original vet I decided to take her to a holistic vet who has put her on a TCM medicine (she didn't do any skin scrapings and didn't suggest it was mites)

She has now been taking the TCM (cooling medicine) for about a month with no real improvement. I then found Ted's cure and as her symptoms seem to be the same I decided to give it a go. I did the peroxide borax solution first and then as there was little improvement after a few days I used the vinegar borax solution and then again, a few days later, have just done a second peroxide/borax solution - all exactly as directed. Although the worst of it was on her hindquarters which at this stage seem a bit better although she is still chewing them a little when her cone is off, she is now attacking her neck viciously with her back paws (even when she is wearing a cone collar) and now has some awful infected lesions on her neck. IS THIS NORMAL???

I am really despairing and am under severe pressure to take her to a "normal" vet but am worried they will want to give her more antibiotics or even worse the awful chemical dips. Please, can those of you who have done the Ted's cure tell me if this reaction is normal ? thanks you in advance for any input you can give!

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Lacat!

Ted's Mange cure is great on mange - but what you describe does not sound like a mange mite infection. What you describe to me sounds more like a diet incompatibility/allergic to something in the food. So what are you feeding? Read the ingredients on the food you are feeding - if you see grains in the first 7 ingredients diet could likely be the culprit, and a diet switch to a grain free food is in order.

You might also consider alkalizing the water for your dog - this helps balance the PH in your dog's system which will help with the itching; you might also consider adding borax to the water as this helps to combat a systemic yeast infection which can occur on a grain based diet.

You can continue with the mange remedy, but you might also consider Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy instead - particularly as it will address infection on the skin - you may need to apply it daily or several times per day to keep your pet comfortable while the skin heals.

I will say if you are dealing with big, open infected sores that I would not hesitate to see the vet. They may suggest a cortizone shot for the itching - read up on this as there is a possibility for a bad reaction; they will also recommend an antibiotic for the infection. You might be able to use an OTC antibiotic you can buy at any drugstore for the infected sores. I am in agreement with you on avoiding the chemical dips.

One thing that may help are the addition of probiotics to the diet; acidophillus pills are the most direct way, but raw sauer kraut is also very good and some people have had good results with adding a spoonful of yogurt to the diet.

Please report back on your results!

Replied by Lacat

Hi Theresa many thanks for your reply and I am wondering about it being a food allergy or a thyroid issue.

I have been making her meals myself and I rotate different proteins every few days - beef, mutton, chicken, eggs and fish mixed with liquidised or finely chopped vegetables (e.g. cucumber, celery, greens) I add a probiotic (Lacto 5), enzymes (Young Living Essentialzyme 4 or Allerzyme), cod liver oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil, ACV, Zinc, Vit E, garlic etc etc.

I must say she doesn't seem to drink much so I add filtered water to her food.

She has had NO grains/carbos/sweets for about 2 months now.

Her ears were particularly bad for the last 2 days (having seemed to be getting better - I clean them every day) so I bought and treated her ears with a herbal remedy last night and again this morning and I used YL Animal Scents on her sores last night and this morning and I have to say she seems a lot calmer this morning :)

I am wondering if she has been experiencing Hex????? - the die-off syndrome after the mites have been attacked?

I am very interested to hear detailed experiences of what people's experiences have been when they started using Ted's cure. Did their dog get sudden eruptions of red, spotty areas and increased itchiness in new spots and how long did this last? She seems to be very irritated around the anus - is it possible the die off is also causing a problem in her anal sacs or is this more likely an issue if her problem is allergy related?

Thank you!

Replied by Thuy Tran
(San Diego)

Dear Lacat,

My dog, BuBu ( just passed away) started scratching when he was 5 year olds and after his back surgery, his skin problem got worse, especially in the summer, his fur fell off and the open sore all over, he looked like he got burn. We took him to the Dermatologist, the Vet put him on antibiotic for one month and when he was off antibiotic, his skin broke out again. After 2 months on antibiotic, I started to search on line , tried everything for him ( I do the process of the elimination in parallel ) some worked for few month and he suffered again. Finally, I found the website-, I ordered and followed the healthy skin program. They say that the condition will get worst at the 3 rd month before getting better, but on my dog, he got better right away after one month and his skin was completely clear up in six months, he was like a new dog. I ordered the large kit ( $117 or sth..) that lasted over a year. After one and a half year his itchy started coming back but not terrible like before and he wasn't crazy biting his paws like before.

I don't know if this can help your dog or not but I would like to share my experience with you. I understand how despairing you are because I did go through it before. My heart was broken everytime my dogs got sick.

You can read about the healthy program @

ps: Please, don't put your dog on antibiotic again, it isn't good for our four leg friends. I wish the best for your dog.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Lacat!

You might consider keeping a food diary for your dog to see if there is a pattern; in conjunction with the diary also temporarily cease the rotating protien diet and just feed 1 protien at a time for a period of time, ie chicken protien for 2 weeks and log results, then switch to mutton protien and log results: you may be able to identify if a particular protien is problematic for your dog.

I still question the parasitic mite issue; what you describe does not sound like mites - but it does sound like systemic yeast to me. I have known instances in confirmed demodectic mange where the mange 'rash' got worse before it got better - this in particularly bad cases and affecting areas where the rash existed prior, so not erruptions in new areas. The particular irritation around the anus just strikes me as systemic yeast. If this were my dog I would do borax in the water to combat the yeast internally - this along with the probiotic regime you are doing. A Herx reaction in this case might result in lethargy, dog just not feeling good while the toxins work their way out of the system. Support might be milk thistle, and other herbs or supplements for liver, kidneys and gallbladder support.

You might consider YL lavender oil diluted with coconut oil as a salve for the anus area; calendula would also be good. You can make a paste of borax and milk of magnesia to apply on the sores but do not work it into the skin as if the skin is in a reactive state rubbing might raise more hives. Anti-inflammatories such as quercetin, turmeric and yucca may be of help, so you might consider adding at minimum turmeric to the cocktail of nutritional supplements you are currently dosing.

It might also be helpful to make up Ted's antifungal/antistaph solution and keep it in a spray bottle to allow you to frequently spritz trouble spots on your dog without having to dip the entire dog on the alternate days after the mange dips.

I will keep the thinking cap on for you this weekend. Good luck and report back!

Replied by Lizzy
(Asheville, NC)

Hi Lacat,

I was about to write a very long update to the itchy skin/yeast infection/skin infection/MRSA/hematoma issues I have dealt with in my dog for the past 18 months, but saw your post and wanted to respond since it sounds like you are going through what I did. Here is a quick list of the things that have really helped my dog heal after 1.5 years of constant itching and skin infections. These are not home remedies, but products you can find on a site like

1. Dermabenss Shampoo - I found this product after typing in "shampoo for MRSA" and reading reviews on and bought it. It has been WONDERFUL at healing my dog's itchy skin and preventing more staph infections. I believe it really turned things around for my dog. I only use it once a week even though the instructions suggest every few days. This shampoo is better than any of the shampoos the vet gave me to try. Apple cider vinegar rinse and Ted's borax/peroxide rinse did not help at all.

2. Vet's Best Hot Spot Spray - Inexpensive yet very effective. This spray will help quickly heal any skin lesions. It proved to be better than all the home remedies and sprays I tried for almost a year.

3. Epi-Optic Advanced for ears. Use this once a week. It is VERY important to stay on top of the ear situation. I figured out that my dog's staph infections were most likely caused by him scratching his ears, which had yeast and bacteria overgrowth, and then scratching other parts like his stomach. Staph in the making...

4. Zymox Otic HC 1.0 Enzymatic Solution for ears. If you dog has an ear infection, please use this. The amazing Theresa on Earth Clinic wrote about this product in one of her posts and it has been fantastic.

5. The food I now use: The Honest Kitchen - Base Mix. I add raw ground beef to it. I don't think my dog's problems are related to food allergies, rather pollen, but this food has been great.

Hope this helps. Please let us know how it goes!

Replied by Lacat

Dear Theresa, Lizzy and Thuy Tran

A huge thank you for your comments!

Apart from continuing with the mange baths, I have been adding 1/2tsp turmeric mixed with a pinch of freshly ground black pepper, garlic and olive oil to Fizzy's food morning and night for the last few days. Her food has been raw lungs with a little bit of liquidised greens, an occasional boiled egg and crushed shell and all the supplements added.

This seems to have turned the situation around somewhat and she has now safely had her cone off for the last 3 days (without self-mutilating! ) The lesion on her neck is healing slowly and she is not chewing her feet and ears like she was but is scratching a bit at her chin and around her mouth (where I haven't been putting the mange cure now that I think about it! ) Her ears seem to get better and then bad again but she is not scratching them and shaking her head as badly as she was.

Although her hair seemed to start growing back rapidly when I first started the treatment, it seems to have slowed down now which is a bit disappointing - not sure if it just appears that way though...

All in all things are looking up and I will keep you posted :)

Cannot thank you all, Ted and whoever is responsible for this site, enough - you have saved my sanity (and Fizzy's as well I'm sure! )

Replied by Doodles

Your dog is scratching from pain in my opinion. I would encourage you to stop everything for a while - all the treatments, the strange food things, all of it. Go simply to meat, raw bones, cooked rice, and water (boil the water first, scald all bowls). Feed your dog a tablespoon of yogurt 2 times a day. Give your dog benadryl to ease anxiety/scratching and a baby aspirin. (Here is the dosage information. ) Additionally, I washed my dog with this highly recommended shampoo and it really works for all mites, etc. SynergyLabs Veterinary Formula Clinical Care Antiparasitic & Antiseborrheic Medicated Shampoo for Dogs. It is GREAT. I did this with my dog and the change was amazing. The medicine treated the symptoms and allowed her to relax until her skin healed. The shampoo treated the skin, and the change in diet really calmed all the other issues we were having. I hope this helps you.

Replied by Bellah's Guardian

Hi and Thank GOD for this site and Ted! I just wanted to mention that less is more when attempting to identify food allergies. The elimination diet is best. Only one meat source (beef is a cool meat for dogs with heat). Try ground beef and green beans. My dog is allergic to chicken and ALL dog foods have chicken (they say they don't but animal byproducts is chicken). Eliminate all ingredients for 3 weeks except one protein and veggie. Then ask vet for Wind Toxin - Traditional Chinese Medicine. Blessings.

Replied by Diamond
5 out of 5 stars

It is my understanding for many years that all animals/ meats are experimented on then covered up by using antibiotics and steroids.... The only place you can get home grown meats are on a farm all pure home raised. Good Luck

Replied by Lacat

Dear Theresa,

Just thought I should check in again as it has been a long time since I posted as tbh I haven't had any good news re Fizzy and her skin since my last posting. It has continued in a sort of flare up and die down cycle all this time. Unfortunately as we were moving countries, I had to resort to medication to try and suppress the symptoms as I was told she might not be accepted into USA if she was looking unhealthy. Thankfully she made it here but as soon as she came off the medication her symptoms flared up again as bad as ever despite the ongoing raw diet, supplements etc.

However there is now light at the end of this 2+ year dark tunnel..... I have put her on a Yeast Starvation Diet that consists of just raw beef, boiled eggs and a good "greens" supplement. I also did the Baking Soda in her water, a pre+probiotic and Vit E/omega supplement and have been washing her in Malaseb shampoo. Within a couple of weeks she has stopped scratching completely and now after about 5 weeks, just about all her rough, thickened, dry, grey skin areas have hair growing over them - including those little patches on her elbows!! Her ears are no longer swollen and black and she is full of energy. Yoohooo I am so happy and so is she!!

I think the point worth making is that it was perhaps the fruit/vegetables in her raw food diet that were aggravating her yeast? Or maybe it is the wonderful "greens" product that has helped her (Spark). Who knows??? As I slowly start re-introducing some veggies into her diet maybe I will find out the answer.

Wishing all of you who are going through this nightmare with your dog to persevere - hopefully the solution is just around the corner!

Thank you all for your input and ideas :)

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Lacat!

Fizzy sounds like a dog I once had who broke out in hives anytime the wind changed direction. It is so difficult to stay on top of inhalent allergies - it is a never ending up hill battle. What helped was the constant rotation of water- from plain to baking soda to borax to plain, and also swapping out the chow from chicken diet to pork diet to beef diet and so on. Home made and RAW diets are best, but if you have to feed kibble rotate the protien bases often - and some find that daily rotation of protien provided the best results. Yeast can bloom on a whim - the dog under extra stress, the wrong food treat - so you always will be dealing with this issue. The maleseb shampoo is very effective! You may find you can buy the working ingredients in bulk at your local farm and fleet or tractor supply store, so you can buy a gallon of chlorhexidine and then add 1 oz to human tea tree oil shampoo and then rinse and finish with an ACV rinse and obtain good results.

Thank you for your update!

Borax and Peroxide User Reviews
Posted by Penelope (Gun Barrel City,Texas) on 05/13/2015
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I started treating my 6 year old German Shepherd Dog with Ted's wonderful mange cure two weeks ago. He has had six treatments in total. Immediately after the first treatment I could tell he felt so much better. He ran around the yard chasing his kitties up trees and barking like a young puppy again. Despite his improved attitude he is still going quite bald on his rump and the end of his tail looks as if it belongs on a rat not my baby!!!

He has pretty bad thickening of his skin on his elbows and at the base of his tail. After reading reviews regarding this treatment plan I know already that I'm in for the long haul and will do whatever it takes to get him through this. He is and has been my constant companion and friend for these six years and deserves to be treated as the King he is. So I would like first to tell you how extremely grateful I am for this website and all the love and attention I know you have put into it.

I have a question regarding the flaking he has developed now. On the second morning after the first treatment I was greeted by a dog that was sporting what turned out to be cartoon sized snowflakes of dry skin all over his back and rump area. I was able to remove them with much brushing and no complaints on Kings part. I was wondering if this was normal and will it continue for the duration of his treatment?

My other question is in regard to the thickened skin patches he has developed. Will these go away over time and what should I use to speed their disappearance?

Thank you again for all the knowledge you have shared with us here. You have saved King's life and me a lifetime of feeling guilty. I was losing all hope for finding a cure for him since I had tried everything that I could find and nothing but nothing had even acted like it was going to help. Your website was deemed to be my last search. I had made him suffer for so long and couldn't stand the thought of him being miserable any longer due to my inability to cure him and I have no money for the vet. So I had to find someway to get him help that I could afford. You really deserve so much more than a simple thank you. You saved my best friends life. If ever in anyway I can be of assistance to you please don't hesitate to ask. I am forever in debt to you.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Penelope!

Did you brush your dog on a daily basis prior to treatment? I ask because I have experienced the cartoon like dandruff on a dog that had not had a bath in a very long time nor had he been brushed in ages; the skin flaked off and reminded me of oatmeal, and I brushed and brushed for days to get all the sloughed skin out of his coat. It could just be that the dip loosened the old skin and your dog is sloughing all his dead skin and will need a good daily brushing for the next week or so.

The thickened patches of skin sound like abraded skin that has been scratched for some time. You can apply a calendula cream or coconut oil twice daily or so to these areas to help soften the skin and promote healing.

One thing that I find helpful in keeping the itches away from my pack is alkalizing their drinking water with baking soda; I rotate this with Ted's Borax Protocol, so when we are not doing an alkalizing regime we are doing a Borax regime. Keeping the PH in balance and using the Borax to combat yeast is simple to do and cheap, and can provide great results.

Borax and Peroxide User Reviews
Posted by Leeniemud (Jessieville, Ar) on 05/02/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using Ted's method for 2 wks along w/nu-stock and ivomectrin shots and my dog Pokie has improved remarkedly well but his skin is very dry. when I bath him I scrub him w/a mit. I saw on the posts the things you can use to help w/dry skin but I don't have any of those on hand and unfortunately no funds at this time to buy them. is there anything you can recommend that I may have around the house that I can use on him to help w/his dry skin problem..thank you!

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Leeniemud!

You can give your Pokie the spa treatment; massage olive oil into his coat and let him sit for 15 minutes, and then bath; do this inbetween mange treatment baths. Just do 1 shampoo after the oil treatment and towel really well - he will be oily, so towel well but do NOT get all the oil off; he will keep until the next bath/mange treatment.

I would also give him oils in his food - 1 teaspoon olive oil in his food am and pm; you can upgrade to higher quality oils like evening primrose oil or salmon oil, etc. -but in a pinch olive oil works well.

Replied by Leeniemud
(Jessieville, Ar)

After treating my dog pokie now for 10 weeks using Ted's Mange Cure he was almost totally cured, fur grown back and all, then the mange travelled down to his paws about 2 weeks ago. I've tried soaking them and putting nu-stock all over them but the mange is very stubborn.

It now appears my other dog has gotten it in his paws. My Newbie is going for a skin scraping this week. What I believed was demodectic mange may be sarcoptic mange and I am heartbroken for him and wished I had taken pokie for a skin scraping. It's difficult when you are limited with funds. Hopefully it'll work out for the best.

My question is how long does pododermatitis mange take to cure? I read that it is difficult to treat.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Leeniemud!

Ted's Mange remedy applies to both demodectic and sarcoptic mange mites, however the sarcoptic mange mites can be picked up from outside, so can reinfect your pets over and over.

Pododemidicosis typically occurs after a demodectic mange outbreak; it is not something that is spread from the feet of one dog to the feet of another dog - that sounds more like sarcoptic mange.

Please tell us what your vet finds out.

Replied by Leeniemud
(Jessieville, Ar)
5 out of 5 stars

After taking Newbie to the vet his skin scrape came back negative for mites. He was diagnosed w/a skin infection and and is on antibiotics. As for the sore on his tail, it looks like some kind of bite. As for pokie, I will keep up w/the baths and dipping for a few more weeks and his paws look a little better. Thanx for the reply Theresa

Replied by Dru
(Merced, Ca)

Missy my Shar Pei has had puppy mange since she was 8 weeks old. She is now 2 yrs old. She has been on all types of antibiotics & shampoos etc. Something called SMZ/TMP. He has even given her the new Bravecto which is $46 for just one dose. She has been scraped numerous times. I called her vet again yesterday & this next round of meds is going to be $247. I call her "my money pit". I just love her to death. Wouldn't know what to do without her. She is so sweet & funny, makes me laugh. Even with all she has gone thru. I'm on Soc Sec & have a limited amount of money. She is always scratching & chewing on herself. Her hair is all over the house. You can just pet her & the hair just falls out. So is anyone has any suggestions I would really love to hear them.

Replied by Diana

If you have olive oil, add a tablespoon with each meal, I also give my baby fish oil.

Replied by Tina
(Saginaw, Tx)

I'm trying regular cooking oil, I just apply with cotton balls. I read about it on another site. It says it will kill the mites and stop the itching. So far she's not itching so we'll see.

Replied by Diamond

Probiotics are better for every one concerned, antibiotics and steroids are very abrasive to the body, we have illnesses because our immune system is very low, and by giving any one antibiotics makes matters worse.We are defeating our own purposes. The very best probiotics are grapefruit seed extract & dandelion root..Good Luck

Replied by Kirby G.

I have a Shar-pei and a Rotty and have had an already long agonising journey with vets...meds...multiple diagnoses including being told its normal for shar-pei's to suffer! And home remedy's in between. Now I've purchased various supplements as the dogs symptoms started to re-appear after a few months on grainfree dry dogfood. I am about to start implementing any advice I've taken from this page and other notes I've collected and will post in future the results as I see them... I'm not a great communicator I rarely answer txts let alone write things on forums but seeing other people in my situation at wits end I felt I had to commit myself to share anything that may help anyone else.

Borax and Peroxide User Reviews
Posted by Wsucram15 (Baltimore, Md) on 04/27/2015

II'm just starting Ted's peroxide and borax treatment and I have the dosage. I do see some relief on my Hope's skin after one bath and treatment by just her anxiety level dropping. She has really torn up her skin for what I thought were allergies and I am still not sure, however in looking at some of the pictures on this site, she may have mange because she is losing hair.

I only really posted this because I am:

A) trying this out and saw an improvement in my dogs stress level,

B) I can unfortunately personally attest to the wonders of NEEM and borax (I use the old time laundry soap). I am a nature photographer and have had skin problems my doctor had no actual diagnosis for. Neem is only to soothe and act as an antifungal, Tee tree oil is also good as an anti - bacterial. I HIGHLY recommend Diatomaceous Earth (food grade)in your pets food. I just started my girl on it. I have it because I use it. The benefits for skin and bones is great.

I can tell you this..I dont suffer from skin issues anymore. My dog won't either once I figure out how to balance all of this..its just about your pets balance and using natural remedies to help them.

Replied by Wendy

Hi there, noticed you use DE, how much do you give your dog? I have a JRT 7kg 11mths old. Thanks

Borax and Peroxide User Reviews
Posted by Michael (Mississippi) on 03/17/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I have a Yorkie/Pom mix that was scratching all the time and had a scabby balding patch on her back .. I used Ted's mange mix a couple of times, but did not really follow through with it. (She hates baths). finally I had enough, bathed her in the recommended mixture once and left a spray bottle full. I would spray her down every couple of days, mainly on the affected area.. This cured my baby.. thanks so much ..

Borax and Peroxide User Reviews
Posted by Lavan (Houston, TX) on 03/16/2015
4 out of 5 stars

Hi, Till now I have tried this borax treatment twice with 3 days interval and I see some improvement in my dog. However my dog's itching and biting at his paws and thighs doesn't seem to have stopped (also the red spots on his skin). If anybody could answer my questions as below:

1. What is the duration of the applications I should follow (confused by multiple users having it differently)

2. What can I do additionally to relieve my dog of his skin itchiness while continuing with the borax treatment. Maybe the skin spots are forming by his biting his skin.

Thanks everyone for sharing this treatment info. Like other users I have had to take my dog (1 yr old Pitbull mix) to the vet multiple times for demodectic mange and have tried ivermectin, lime sulphur dips, mitaban dips (mitaban has been effective but seems to come back after 2 weeks) but everything has been a temporary relief for him till now (since the last 8 months). I have also put him on grain free diet just to rule out any allergies.

Replied by Tmay
(Ga., US)

My dog will not stand for baths & I have to use a spray bottle. If you are not cleaning the dog's crate, kennel or bedding he will just reinfect himself/herself. Also, outdoor napping areas need to be dusted with DE powder. (All natural diatomes buy at feed & seed supply stores for $25/50lb bag.)

If you bath the dog & use the solution then dry him with a towel you have rubbed all the effective-ness off. He must air dry or go roll in his bedding to dry off. Some people have seen results in small breeds in days. Others who may not saturate a large breed might take weeks to see results. Other variables are how dense they made "their" product. Or How bad was their dog's infection in the first place. Is the infected dog secluded or does he run with other infected animals? With all of those variables no one could say: This WILL heal every dog in three weeks.

It works. Spray bottle works best for me to saturate because my dog is as big as I am & hates the tub. Also, you can use benadryl for itching or meclazine (over the counter motion sickness pill) for itching.

Replied by Odette
(Edmonton, Ab)

Hi Lavan - I read your post with some interest.

If I may make a suggestion - check your "grain free" food. If it has potato or sweet potato it may be exacerbating the problem. I found out that these ingredients are simple starches that convert directly to sugar - an environment that yeast just loves to thrive in. I have eliminated all simple starches from my dog's diet and almost immediately saw improvement. It's not the end of the road, but it will help improve your pet's issues. You will most likely have to treat the yeast issues in his system as well. And that will take time. From what I've read (but haven't tried as yet) and heard glowing reviews about was enzymes, flora, etc. that is needed to clear up the excess yeast in your pet's internal system. Other methods you may want to try, and are cheaper, is to add some probiotic to the food you feed your pet. Like natural yogurt, or there are enzymes you can buy at the local pet store, but I have no knowledge of how effective they might be.

Replied by Diamond

Better But Not Cured;

It's best if you do your dog every two or three days then slack off a day or two & see how he reacts, but do not stop the treatments. I did my dogs every other week as it appeared they were not half as bad as the dogs I see in here, how-ever I found these mites were being buried under my dogs skin, I gave them Teds treatments for six to eight weeks with a rest period in-between, one of my older dogs had it worse so I bathed her more often, then I found this to help also, diatomaceous earth(food grade) just put the powder all over as he/she will allow and all should be pretty good. My dog is not digging her skin bloody raw, she has slowed down on her scratching. Good Luck.

Borax and Peroxide User Reviews
Posted by Kimberly (Cattaraugus, Ny) on 03/08/2015
5 out of 5 stars

The borax, h202, and water saved my rescue dog Cleo Marie, after countless trips to the vet and injections of lvermectin that were ineffective! Thanks Ted!!!!! My Rot/black lab is not doing the sit and spin anymore!

Borax and Peroxide User Reviews
Posted by Lissette (Dallas, Tx) on 03/07/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Hi everyone. First I want to say: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. GOD BLESS YOU ALL for this website. Ted, you are the man!!! I normally don't write reviews/post, but this is more than deserving. My Scottish Terrier Wallace (2 y/o) has been suffering from skin problems for MONTHS. His pain has been agonizing to him and to me. I suspected a skin parasite a while back after doing some research on line. Two different vets diagnosed Wallace with skin allergies. One sold me a $40 small spray that was supposed to calm things down, but it only delayed the scratching process for 2-3mins. Wallace suffered so much from this... He would scratch CONSTANTLY/NON-STOP at all time even throughout the night unable to sleep. It would break my heart... There would be times I would wake up at 2am and he would be awake scratching himself. It seemed things got worse on his skin after baths (even though we were using "gentle" and medicated shampoos. At first the scratching was just that, but throughout the weeks it escalated into mutilating himself, biting/scratching to the point of severe hot spots with bleeding/hair loss. I started noticing some scabs and redness on his skin particularly his back, neck, head and shoulder area. He also had some (not much) on his belly.

After reading blogs in this God-sent website I realized the symptoms and descriptions from other people pointed at skin parasites like Scabies. We have two other dogs and they seem to be unaffected so I'm not sure what's going on there. All our dogs are inside dogs but only Wallace was affected... People talked about diets so much, but we cook for our dogs and supplement his diet with Professional formula of the Missing Link. Recently we have been giving them plain greek yogurt with penut butter/chia seeds and flax seed oil. (they love it). However, for many months they have been getting vitamin E and Fish oil supplements yet the skin problem in Wallace was still there...

Anyways, I was treating this problem with all kinds of topical oils (avocado, pure vitamin E, coconut oil, jojoba oil), itch-relievers, and nothing worked until last night. I ordered the supplies from amazon after reading several opinions in this forum. This is what I did: I wetted Wallace with warm water, then I applied a Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca) shampoo + orange oil. I massaged that into his skin then I rinsed it off with Ted's Fantastic Miracle Borax Solution (1L water: 0.5L hydrogen peroxide: 3 tablespoons of Borax). I made him a total of 3 L of solution. after that I rinsed it off with warm water. I toweled him dry and just observed.... THE ITCHING WAS GONE!!! Even Wallace seemed surprised by it bc I think since this itching has been going on for so long, he turned like he was going to bite his back but then he realized it wasn't itching. He slept like a baby. I'm so grateful.... Our lives are blessed by this miracle remedy<3 <3 I will keep doing this 3 times per week until everything is gone. Thank you all so much.

@ Ted: I can't thank you enough. God bless you for sharing this with the rest of us.!!! Also, I want to share that before I did the Borax/hydrogen peroxide bath, I bathed Wallace with Tea Tree oil shampo and pure tea tree oil on his skin. that seemed to help him quite a bit more than the other stuff I've used before, but it was not until last night that I saw a breakthrough. Thank you all <3

Borax and Peroxide User Reviews
Posted by Nugent99 (Australia) on 03/02/2015

Hi Ted, my dog has been diagnosed with the nasty mange mite and through your remedy is starting to feel much better. My indoor cat has also started to show symptoms of hair loss and weight loss. Please tell me how to dip wash her without a trip to emergency for me. I have been rubbing a cloth over her with the solution and wondering if this is enough.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Nugent99!

Not Ted here, but in case he doesn't visit this thread I am offering advice.

You do not say which mange mite your dog has - demodectic or sarcoptic; I will assume demodectic as your vet would have advised you of the highly contagious nature of sarcoptic mange. Thus if your dog has demodectic mange mites you and your cat have a 99.99999999% chance of contracting them. I really doubt your cat is suffering the same affliction as your dog. Weight loss is not a typical symptom of demodectic mange - however it is the sign of other disease conditions such as diabetes and renal disease. My advice to you is to take your cat to your vet - do it now before it is an emergency. If you wait until it becomes an emergency it will be a far more expensive bill, and your options will be drastically limited- JMHO.

Good luck with your kitty and please keep us posted on your dog.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Gah! I meant to post you have a next to zero percent chance of contracting demodectic mange - not you have a near 100% chance of contracting demdex. Sorry for the error!

Replied by Pat

With the borax, and h2o2 do I add water to fill up the gallon?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hello Pat!

You don't add water to fill up the gallon; that is going to dilute your solution too much and will skew and delay your results.

You start by mixing up 1 batch per the directions and then if one batch isn't going to cover the amount of dog you have, you make up another batch which will fill the gallon jug.

So the formula again:

Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
1 -16 oz bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.

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

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some undissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. If this isn't enough solution to fully saturate your pet, make a second batch and add to the jug so you have enough solution at the start of the process to fully saturate your pet.