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Home Remedies for Dogs with Mange

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt, Local Honey

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Posted by Mary (London, Canada) on 12/26/2007

My lab/mix suffered from mange and candida 1 year ago and thru this website and others, I was able to stop his paw licking/biting, smelly ears, hot spots, rashes and hair loss on his body with 3 simple ingredients - unpasturized apple cider vinegar (1 tbs per meal) 2 tbs. plain yogurt with acidophillus in it and local , not store bought, honey. The honey can be applied to red areas on their body, I've used the yogurt in his ears to help heal and the ACV also works for fleas and digestive problems. After spending thousands of $$ at my Vet's, the cures were at my health food store. One other mention, switch your pets foods to a Candida free formula. You'll save $$ not visiting the Vet's office

Replied by Diamond
(Salisbury, Ma. Usa)

I have found some great things in here, I was just considering puting this kitten to sleep because she had so many illnesses, she would eat and throw it up but it was the hair balls she threw up, then to top things off I didn't know what mange was or even seen it to know, this kitty was a stray and it looked as though she had chewed on her skin so much I couldn't tell what she had, then I came into this site and found out exactly what she has, everything I put on her she laps it right off no matter what it is, I just put mayonaise on her and she loves it(chuckles) it's hard to occupy her time & mind while I am trying to treat her, she was eating her cat food while I put the mayo. On her then she came to eat the mayo. But she is a sweet little girl and worth saving her life, all in all she is doing a 100% better since this site & treatments than when I found her. I changed cat food over to Newman's own(Paul Newman/grandaughter) the food is all home grown and organic, my cat was starving, very thin, I have fed her six or more times a day until she has gained quite a bit of weight. And because the food is all natural as well as organic she is doing great thanks to this wonderful god send of a site. Thank you Ted ;o)

Replied by Diamond
(Salisbury, Ma.usa)

I thought I might add on to my own message's. I have a very strong feeling that this mange/mites suck's all the nutrients as well as the blood from animals(?) that might be why my kitten is so thin and loses weight as fast and as soon as she eats. I have been giving her probiotics called L-Lysine 500 it's good for maintenance of nitetrogen balance, I give her one every day for the first ten to fifteen days, then every other day only because she is small for a kitten an thin. I also hope to wash her down again with Apple Cider Vinegar to get the vit. E off of her, right now she looks like a porcupine, she is supposed to be a real fluffy kitty but because of bald spots, thankfully it's getting to be summer & warmer.

Right now my kitty is sleeping peacefully right on top of my printer next to me, I am so happy to see she isn't itching every few minutes. I just found a small bug with black an red body? it was next to my kitten on my herbal bottle. Would any one have any idea what this is? it just happened to be in the area of my kitten right after I washed her? Ewwww thats some scary.

Thank you so much for this wonderful site.

Replied by Diamond
(Salisbury, Ma.usa)

Can some one tell me an easier way of cleaning mites out of my kittens ears please? I know I cannot use Q-tips and I did use cotton swabs but I can't reach all the way inside and she starts getting feisty. Her fur is full of scabs, I hope this means the mites are dead? I continue to clean every thing in the house, from bed linnen, and every where she sits or lays down to nap. My dogs are going to a groomer the first of next week, I also put Apple Cider Vinegar on their backs, I also gave them a bath in ammonia and they loved it, no reactions from the ammonia either. Thank you.


Fosters & Grant has ear wipes that are moisturized exactly for cleaning out ears. My pot belly pig got mange. The wipes are actually for dogs/cats but work well on all animals. So I clean out my pig's ears with the wipes, then put ear mite medicine in her ears. Then I wash her with a tea tree based shampoo which has oatmeal in it. She gets coconut oil treats I make in a mold. Its in the refrigerator so they keep their shape. She gobbles them down. I also now have a dog that got mange because she was laying on the bags of cloth that the pigs laid on. Or she got it outside. I don't know. I wash her every week and also spray a dip on her. I only use Ivermectin with the pot belly pig. I do not use with dogs or cats. I live in an area filled with mites, fleas, and ticks. It's a nightmare.

Apricot, Castor, Neem, Oregano Oils

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Posted by Bliss (Brooklyn, Ny, Usa) on 12/20/2009

cat mange cure

I brought home a cat with mange and tried everything. I could not find Borax here in Brooklyn, but I came up with a remedy that worked, I mixed

1 oz. apricot kernel oil
1/2 oz. castor oil
2 dropperfuls Neem oil
2 dropperfuls Oregano oil

I applied it whenever I saw the cat scratching to the area being scratched. Took a week or two to get it all. Also important to vacuum bedding and I sprayed that with rubbing alcohol mixed with 10 drops Peppermint essential oil and 10 drops Thyme essential oil.

Replied by Brenda
(Forest Hill, Md)

Apple cider vinegar is a great treatment for your dogs skin conditions! However you must be careful with giving it to them orally, particularly if they have a past history of bladder stones. My dog cannot ingest it because of that reason. Vinegar is very acidic and that in the urine will form stones so please be careful! I would only bath them in it or use it directly on the hotspots or mange infected areas which is what I do. Please do not use it on them if the area is broken. It stings!!!

Tea tree oil does also kill the mites but some people do not know that you can actually kill your dog with it. You can never put straight tea tree oil on your dog and you cannot NEVER use it on a cat. Tea tree oil in its full strength form can paralyze your dog and in some cases can cause death. It will definitely cause death to a feline.

Please make sure you read read and read some more on these herbs before using them on your pet. I do use tea tree oil on my yorkie but I only put 4 drops to a 12-14 oz bottle of shampoo. Zyrtec can also be used very safely for your dog to control the itch. I also use that with my dog successfully. My dog also has seasonal allergies that tears up his skin so after trying everything else we went to zyrtec and I am amazed! Use the childrens chewables at 10 mg once a day. I crush it for my yorkie and pour it directly on his little tongue and it dissolves rather quickly. I hope this helps to keep your babies safe. Natural remedies can also be harmful to your pets if you do not research and read you could make a fatal mistake.

Be careful with the Tea Tree Oil!!!

Replied by Kate
(Raleigh, Nc)

For this statement regarding Vinegar and bladder stones...ACV w/Mother is similar to lemons in that they actually balance and correct Ph. ACV is not the same as white vinegar. Please do not confuse them. All info from other holistic Veterinarians indicates this information is not correctly stated.

Replied by Vally
(Fountain Hills, Az)

in addition to tea tree oil, oil of oregano is extremely toxic to cats (my friend found out the hard way, thankfully the cat survived) Is great in treating warts on dogs - just one drop does the trick - but do not put even one drop on a cat, will burn a hole into their skin and make them sick systemically.

Baby Oil, Pyrethrin

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Posted by Joe (Ilkley, Queensland) on 07/25/2009

home cure for mange, fleas, ticks, and beautiful coat 200ml baby oil add 10ml pyrethrin which is a natural insecticide mix together. I have dobermans I use 30ml in a syringe and squirt it down their spine {back] and then massage in .the dogs go swimming and it still stays on it last about 3 to 4 weeks .been doing this for 2 years it works as good or better then vet bought products.

Replied by Ivory Coast
(Loco, Ca)


Replied by Diamond
(Salisbury, Ma.usa)


Joe; Pyrethrin is highly toxic to all animals, therefore it's impossible to be a natural substance for anyone, much less animals. Thanks & good luck

Replied by Michelle
(Riverside, California)

Pyrethrin is considered natural as it is derved from a flower The poison you can make from tomatoe plants is deadly toxic but is still considered natural.

Replied by Pamela

The pyrethrins is the main ingredient in many of your household flea killers. And most warning labels tell you NOT to expose pets to this chemical no matter where it originated. Who knows what may happen along the line later.

Replied by Lynnie

Just got to say, I have used Pyrethrins all over while outside a lot, for many years, on my legs, arms everywhere, I never had a negative reaction to it, I use it on my dogs and cats, with no problems, people say not to use on cats, but never had a problem, it is a 'plant' based insecticide, I am good friends with a Chemistry professor and he even agreed, unless the person or animal is allergic to it, it is considered safe...

Benzoyl Peroxide

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Posted by Heidi (Australia ) on 02/19/2017

This has been a life saver. Demodex around the eyes. Now gone thanks to putting clearasil : Benzoyl Peroxide 5% Bentonite on once a day for 2 -3 weeks and once a day of coconut oil both at opposite times of the day . Also giving the highest probiotic I could find daily. We had tried ivomectin and Bravecto and next gauard reactions occurred from the poisons and the vet couldn't help us anymore. Then I found this site. Thank you to the people who recommended benzoyl peroxide for Demodex in dogs.

Benzoyl Peroxide
Posted by Claire (Druban, South Africa) on 03/20/2008

Ailment: Dermodectic mange on Amstaff pup. Cure: Benzyl Peroxide 5% cream (Acne cream).

My 6mnth old Amstaff pup developed dermodectic mange. At first just one spot on the top of her head, then moved to her cheek, eye and nose. Tried the conventional dip routine - didn't work, mite population wasn't decreasing after two weeks and the dip made the pup very drowsy and nauseous. Looked on this site and found the 'Acne cream cure'. I bought some from my local chemist - called 'Benzac' here. Applied it to the first spot on top of the head every day for a week. After two weeks the hair started growing back. Have since applied to all the bald spots and after approx two weeks of treatment, the hair is growing back on all the patches. She is also on homeopathic sulphur and immune boosters, but looking great.

Thanks for the advice!

Replied by Berenice
(Monterrey, Mexico)

Thank you very much for this recommendation. Clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) worked wonders on my little dachshund! I used 5% benzoyl peroxide clearasil, just one time and almost all mange has gone. The best part is not watching him scratching and suffering for it.

Replied by Alleena
(Penrith, Nsw)

Used this and gone in three days !!!

Replied by Claire
(Durban, South Africa)

I used Benzac 5% (Benzoyl Peroxide) successfully for the second time on my 6 month greyhound x puppy. I noticed the first spot on her front right paw shortly before she got spayed. I should have fixed it before having her spayed but I wasn't sure that it was demodex at that point. Suffice to say shortly after spaying a few more spots appeared. From the time I noticed the first spot until I finally got to the shops for the benzac was about a month. In addition to applying benzac I put her on immune boosting supplements, vitamin C and flaxseed oil.

The trick is to watch each spot individually. Basically you're just trying to control the mites until the dog's immune system can kick in and sort out the problem. So my approach was to put benzac on each spot twice a day (and leave it on) until the skin redness went away. Bear in mind that the spots I was dealing with never got bigger than 1cm in diameter (1/2 inch). If you can't tell after a week whether there's an improvement, it might be the benzac causing the redness, so leave it for a day or two and then check again. It's taken about 6 weeks, but it looks like all of the spots are now growing hair back.

I take this route because all other options are toxic to the dog. Yes, even borax. With demodectic mange you are treating something caused by a problem in the immune system. You don't want to exacerbate this by adding poison to the mix.

Both the dogs I treated were mild cases - early detection helped, I'm sure. But both were 'generalised demodectic mange' they had spots in more than 5 places and on face and body. This treatment fixed them both.

Good luck!

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc. Canada)

Please peruse -- health science .com by Walter Last and do research. Borax is not a poison even though governments are trying to spread the lie. It is a cheap and very effective medicine from the earth. Namaste, Om

Replied by Blake

Thank you for pointing out that BORAX is safe, is not poisonous, and cures all mange if properly used. We have treated our medium size dog, probably 12 times. She had mange over all her body. Most places are cured, and the hair is growing back. Best of all she no longer itches and bites herself constantly, like she did before. Suggestion to help dissolve the Borax quicker, is to use two cups of hot water into the container with hydrogen peroxide, in a container with a tight lid that you can shake. Our vet thought it was allergies.

Replied by B Rush
(West Tennessee)

you mean regular clearasil like teenagers use on acne? I'm trying to treat a neighbors old dog .. They don't do much vetting

Replied by Wendy

Hi just wondering do you dilute it with water? What is the ratio..? Have a staffy puppy who won't stop itching and scratching, she was diagnosed with mange and is 4 months old.. been on antibiotics but her rash has no come back again. So frustrating 🐶😫

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Wendy,

Please try Ted's original formula to treat your puppy:

Please follow the instructions to the letter and report back.

Benzoyl Peroxide
Posted by James (Portsmouth, United Kingdom) on 09/29/2007

Hi Our dog was on ivermectin and had become what I can only say as very depressed. He was also killing any plants in the garden he urinated on! I stopped the treatment as I believed ivermectin was worse than the mange. I found a remedy on this site Benzoyl Peroxide 5% gel, which you can get over the counter for Acne. I read some scientific study of this product for Mange and it has two affects. It opens the pours that the mites are living in and the product then kills the mites. After the first application we saw an immediate affect. My dog stopped biting and licking his paws. We carried on treating him for about a week, rubbing a small amount of the gel in to the affect areas. It all went ! It is amazing. The amount of time and money we have spent trying to treat him. I can't believe that an appalling product such as ivermectin is being used, when a small local application of benzoyl peroxide does the trick. If the mange ever comes back we just apply the gel and it goes. We have had the same tube for 6 months now, it is so economical (maybe another reason why vets don't recommend it!)

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
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I agree that commercial products are useless, but I worked for a commercial interest as an industrial chemist once (just moonlighting!), and the point in making certain products is NOT to cure, but to make sure the medicine is weak enough or useless enough so that people can keep coming back again and again for more.

Oh yes, one more interesting tidbit on "company policies" that I worked for. They have this policy that says UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES can anyone in the company claim a cure, even if it IS A CURE. The reason why this is so, is it HURTS business interest a WHOLE LOT. And here is the reason why:

A cure they can sell you only once, say make $5 profit, but it becomes a lucrative product, if you HAD to buy them every month for the rest of your miserable life. Instead of a $5 profit, it becomes $60 per annum - annuity! You have a choice of a $60 annuity for the rest of your life, or a one time $5 profit.

Any company would choose the $60 annuity, and so does banks. Hence, the pressure to sell GMO plants that cannot bear seeds, modifying your DNA (by horizontal gene transferring), making you more sick, so you can buy MORE medicine. It makes business sense and it kills us. It is the same with vaccines which as mycoplasma, monosodium glutamate, mercury & aluminum added, not on consent of the parents, but by mandate.

Hence, because I wasn't a genius in formulating this kind of twisted medicine, I was eventually fired since all the formulas I submitted was "just a cure". Also the formula had to be complicated enough to get a patent. Finally, it also had to be formulated in such a way that people keep will buying them for the rest of their lives. Those are the three major policies: no cure, complicated, and addictive!

Benzoyl peroxide 5% gel works quite well on mild cases of mange. It works the same way as hydrogen peroxide and borax, although the benzoyl won't kill the demodectic directly (benzoic acid and oxygen, when broken down is not an insecticidal), it kills them by oxidative properties of the peroxide portion. It works like a hydrogen peroxide, but without the insect killing properties of the borax. So simple cases of mange a benzoyl peroxide would do.

However, I would much prefer to mix borax with the benzoyl peroxide to get some insecticidal properties, at the very least. Still my dog had a bad case of mange, and it didn't work for him, perhaps it was because I didn't add borax at the time, but I decided it was safer for my dog to use a hydrogen peroxide with borax, at the very least borax had a LASTING effect on killing mites and fleas, as the borax powder continues to kill WHEREVER the dog goes.

A benzoyl peroxide used alone couldn't do this, but it becomes a mild preservative (benzoic acid) instead of an insecticidal borax that has essential mineral of boron in nutrition for mammals, such as my dog, if it does so happen on accidental ingestion.

Replied by Marg
(Pflugerville, TX)

We have a 11-week-old puppy with demodedic mange around her eyes. We found a 3.5% Benzoyl Peroxide cream at a local pharmacy. The directions on this product say to apply and then remove (rinse with water). Is rinsing necessary or are you supposed to leave the gel on? Would there be some other ingredient to watch out for that would require rinsing of this particular product?

Thank you!

Replied by Busymom
(Yes, Florida, United States)

My dog was infested with sarcoptic mites. At first I had no idea what it was. He must have had it when I purchased him. He is a standard poodle. He started smelling really bad and scratching ALL the time. I found no fleas.. At a loss I thought maybe he had pyoderma since he had all of these sores on his elbows, stomach, abdomen, hind legs etc.... I took 10% benzoyl peroxide and mixed it with hydrocortizone cream and applied twice a day, after I shaved all these areas. Yes he looked funny. Lol. It cured his mange but irritated his skin.

I took him to the vet and the vet said no, it's not mange and gave him a steroid shot calling it allergies... Well it took away the last of the redness and he was better, but I started him on revolution to be sure. A few weeks later though I broke out... Yep, I caught mange from the dog because I did all his grooming etc... Myself... I am almost completely healed with just a few spots lingering but not very itchy. I am positive he had mange due to me catching it. None of my kids nor my spouse had a single bite. I assume I have no more live mites on me or my hunny would be affected as well. Lol When a vet says allergies... Be suspious and benzoyl peroxide will work!!! I seen it first hand. Oh, so will clove oil. There is even a published study in it.

Replied by Tammy

I have battled a serious skin issue for over a year now, just a few monthes ago while washing my dog I noticed she had ear mites, I am assuming that they are anyway because of all the black yuk in the, ear, We'll now that I have started my venture into mange reading I am sure I have caught mange from my dog and am wondering if they were ear mites at all or mange mite?? I notice I break out everytime I clean her ears, and have lost most of my hair in question is... I notice these almost clear whitish a most a flatworm shape type thing all this demodex mange? I see the pics online but most are drawings so I am not sure about what my female boxer and I have, I am single mom and not a lot of extra money for vet,, dermatologist was no help as usual..Steriods and diagnoses of rash,, of course no skin scraping and barely time to listen to me, I am in hell please Can u tell me ur symptoms and what is this smell?? Like burnt oil in clothes coming out of dryer,,, reddish orange gel like substance appears on skin and randomly around home in little less pieces, Bathed my dog in ACV and spraying peppermint soap diluted has helped alot..I just cant seem to get rid of it..Please help.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hello Tammy, Dogs can have black, yucky ears due to a yeast infection - so you might be dealing with yeasty ears and not necessarily ear mites. Both are itchy, and both can cause a dog to scratch their ears raw. And you can certainly 'catch' sarcoptic mange mites from your dog - they can bite you and cause you to get red bumps/rash but they cannot reproduce on you as their host is the dog. Sarcoptic mange is very itchy to your dog, and she would be scratching herself raw, have sores all over and lose all her hair with a bad case of sarcoptic mange. The whitish flatworm things - what do you mean my 'all over'? All over the house? All over your dog's skin? All over the house = your dog may have a tapeworm infestation. All over the skin - it could be fly larvae hatching out on your dog's skin. I am unfamiliar with the odor you describe, nor am I familiar with the reddish orange gel that appears on the skin and around your home, but if I had to hazard a guess it could be fluids seeping from your dog's skin. In your shoes I would: clean everything. Clean and sanitize everywhere in your house. If you have a sarcoptic mange mite infestation you have to clean the whole house and clean the dog's bedding daily and your bedding daily - into hot wash water and hot dryer daily. Ted's Mange Remedy will help with sarcoptic mange on your dog - use as directed. You can also use in your dog's ears - excellent ear cleaner, to see if it helps with the ear gunk. Wendy from OH has posted the Arcane Ear solution - I would not hesitate to make up a batch and use it on your dog's ears after you rinse/clean during the Mange remedy bath. One thing you have not mentioned is your dog's diet. Check out the ingredient list and if you see corn or grain in the first 10 ingredients you should strongly consider upgrading to a better diet as grains in the food can cause ear infections, skin problems and UTI's in dogs. This is actually the first place I would start, a diet up grade. As for you breaking out - are you allergic to dogs? I am, and I live with quite a few. I notice when I bathe them or groom them that I will get hives or a rash on my arms from touching certain ones. I wash with soap and the rash goes no farther than being a slight irritant. Please report back! ~

Benzoyl Peroxide
Posted by Mim (the Bahamas)

5% Benzoyl peroxide gel, as in acne creams: Clearasil, Forstex, Cuticura, Pen Ocyl AQ 5. Rub in, starts to work immediately. Using on two month old puppy. Once a day. In two days the area around his eyes had cleared and the strip on his nose is fading. No hair loss. Early diagnosis helped.

Benzoyl Peroxide, Neem Oil

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Posted by Marie (Sumter SC)

This saved my dog's life. Mitaban was literally killing him. Neem oil smells like garlic, but when he's dry, its not too bad. Give the dog a haircut so his fur is 1/2 inch. Mix 8 ounce bottle of 10% benzoyl peroxide (People) facial cleanser with 16-20 ounce bottle of dog shampoo. This will do for several baths. BENZOYL PEROXIDE BLEACHES JUST LIKE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE.

Use 'dog' towels and blankets and remove the nice bathroom rug. Wear old clothes. Wet dog completely. Drain bathtub. Lather dog with a generous amount of benzoyl peroxide shampoo mix for 10 minutes. Give dog a shower for 10 minutes to rinse very carefully. Benzoyl peroxide opens the pores-- mites live in the pores. Keep dog in tub. Add 1/4 cup neem oil to gallon of warm water in a bucket. If the dog is small and you can find a container that he fits in, do that inside of bathtub. Soak him for 5 minutes, massage well several times and he's done. For medium to large dog, put each foot in bucket and massage solution into dog's leg. Use a cup to pour over dog repeatedly trying to save as much as possible in bucket to reuse. Massage into the entire dog. Be careful of eyes. Use a sponge for the belly and face. Wash 5-10 minutes, depending on how big the dog is. Do not rinse off. Do not towel off. When he stops dripping, wrap him in a blanket and stick him in his kennel or a small warm spot. Keep dog warm until dry. All his pores are open; he could take a terrible chill. Bathe every week. He can have baths twice a week instead if it is really bad. Every 2-3 days, rub neem oil on afflicted areas, more often if he won't stop chewing. It doesn't matter if he licks it off after a few minutes. They make neem oil pills. My dog also gets the skin yeast infections dogs can get with demodex so we had to soak him in vinegar. No soap, no scrubbing, just soak good. He has a wading pool. We always add a gallon of vinegar to it. He soaks himself in it and that cures his yeast.

Benzoyl Peroxide, Omega 3, New Food

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Posted by Gagirl (Blairsville, Georgia) on 08/20/2009

Demodectic Mange Treatment

My pug had demodectic mange. It was just hair loss, but in several spots and his chin and neck were almost bare. I took him to the vet and he recommended promaris flea/tick medicine. I used this product three months(three applications). I also bought benzoyl peroxide (acne cream) and rubbed on the spots once a day for about 3 weeks. I started giving him omega 3 gel caps once per day and I started him on ___Natural Choice chicken, oatmeal and rice puppy food. He's completely cured. I don't know which part contributed the most, I just know his hair has completly grown back and he is so healthy and active. I hope this helps someone, cause it took hours of searching for me to decide what to do with my little pug!


Posted by Martha (Castries, St Lucia) on 08/27/2011

Hi, I have just read Teds Remedy for curing mange on your pet, and I just want to know what form of Borax should I be using. Is it the Power or the Soap and what is the difference? I can only get the power here so is that ok or do I mix it differently? Thanks, Martha

Replied by Liza
(Houston, Tx)

I used 2 parts water, 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 2 tbsp of borax powder (the brand I bought from Target) and applied it to my dog's skin. My dog has been to the vet for two times and the prescribed medicines did not work.

The borax solution will not work right away. I applied it to my dog about 7 times. It did not totally stop it but it relieved the itching about 60%. It was recommended here that I used lavender oil or grapeseed oil in-between days of the borax solution application but I used organic coconut oil instead. It worked. Since then everytime I notice my dog begnning to scratch, I generously apply coconut oil to the skin. The upside to using the oil is the dog can lick it and it won't harm her. I no longer use the borax solution although I was sure it killed 80% of the demodex mites and the coconut oil just suffocated them, sort of giving the finishing touches. I've been using coconut oil for the past four months and my dog does not show any sign that she still has demodex mange. The organic coconut oil's brand is ______ that we bought online. Hope this will help.

Borax, Vegetable Oil

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Posted by Pooch (Middlesboro, Kentucky, United States) on 10/07/2011

Red mange cure!!!! I gave my dog ivermectin for red mange for 60 days with no results. I found this site and tried the vegetable oil and borax bath. I applied vegetable oil all over the spots on my dog. I crated my dog for 6 hours while leaving the oil on her. I then gave her a bath in borax laundry detergent. My dog is now cured, no more scratching , no more hair loss, her coat is now shiny. Please give this a try to cure your dog. Happy with the results. I plan on using the vegetable oil from now on when she just gets dry skin and the borax for fleas.

Borax, White Vinegar

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Posted by Koron (Jefferson, Oregon) on 05/01/2010

Hello my name is Koron from Jefferson Oregon. I have a Golden Retriever named Benjamin. He got red bumps and flaky skin on the back of his legs, and at the base of his front legs. He was scratching it raw creating sores that would scab over and create black and gray flakes. I thought it was an allergic reaction to fleas, so I treated him with a liquid flea chemical that you drip down their back. It did not change, and I never saw any fleas, so I looked up his symptoms and decided it could be mites (mange). I found your website and tried the Borax and white vinegar treatment. I followed the directions I read. I used about 2 1/2 tablespoons borax per cup of vinegar, mixed it in a blender, and used a spray bottle to soak his whole body with it and then just let him drip dry. I've been treating him (almost every day) for a couple weeks, and it is ALL GONE except a few little red bumps in his front arm pits. Do dogs have arm pits? :) Thank you very much for your help! AWESOME website! I can't believe how great it worked! I spent about $3.00 on a box of borax, and $1.67 each for three 32oz. jugs of white vinegar. I still have over half of the borax and vinegar left, and he is not scratching anymore, and is pretty much cured. I almost took him to the vet, and I almost spent a lot of money on brand name mange treatments. You guys saved me a lot of money and headaches. Thank you very much.

Replied by Zombina
(White City, Oregon)

I just wanted to point out that petroleum based products can lead to liver and kidney failure/problems in dogs. Some vinegars are made from a petroleum base. Read the label and be sure that it states it's made from grain alcohol. Otherwise this is a great atricle. :)

Replied by Dianne
(Los Angeles, Ca)

I have used apple cider vinegar for about four months on my dog and his mange problem has not gone away. These home remedies are a joke is there an injection or pill vets can provide to you?

Brewer's Yeast

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Posted by Sherry (Live Oak, Florida) on 07/28/2007

For Mange - Demodectic:

Brewer's Yeast, 10 Grain 650 mg - Vegetarian Tablets. I gave my 9 year old German Shepherd a hand-full of Brewer's Yeast, 10 Grain 650 mg - Vegetarian Tablets two times a day. (a handfull was between 12 to 20 tablets each time). In less than 2 weeks new hair was returning & within 6 weeks her hair was fully returned, and the black hair was no longer dull & grayish, (she was an older dog) it came back very black & shiney & very soft. She never had another skin problem after that.

Most dogs love these tablets & will happily eat them. I now feed them for treats as well. If you have a dog that doesn't like it, you can buy the Brewers Yeast powder & mix it in their food. Brewers Yeast is mostly B vitamins. Very natural & non-toxic. (Be sure to buy a very healthy product with the least artificial ingredients) I bought mine at the health food store, the kind for people. You will go through more than one bottle.

I have used this remedy for Demodectic Mange with great success on more than one dog.

(Side-note: my dog also had problems with her hips, & after a treatment with Brewers Yeast - her hips got better. She quit limping.) I don't mind answering questions about this. Feel free to contact.

Good Luck & God Bless!!!

Replied by Iliana Mendez
(Bloomfield, NJ)

I have a 5 month pitbull i founf out he had mange around may 27 i took him to the vet and he gave me ivermectin. I started giving him medicine since but to me its not working so i bought clean and clear cream which has 10% benzoyl peroxide is that bad for him? And also would it affect him if i stop giving him that medicine and buy him the yeast pills that you spoke about please let me know I'm going crazy here. And by the way the only thing that i notice is that he stop scratching well he does but not as crazy maybe once in a day.

Thanks for yor time!!! :)

Replied by Ezz
(Bolton, Uk)

i have been giving my 9 year old german shepherd yeast tablets for just under two weeks and it is working his fur is returning n not scratching as much now this realy works thanks

Replied by Donna
(Chas, Sc Usa)

I just cured two half feral (wild) cats with horrible mange/mite infestation on their faces with brewer's yeast powder. First dose on food was extremely generous and next day their faces were almost normal. I think it's important to use good brewer's yeast, but that may just be my opionion. I believe this brand I get were the beets are grown in Europe to be a very good one. Never store in hot or humid place, goes bad.

Replied by Janice
(Coloma, Mi)

Sherry, this is very interesting. My dog has had cracked lips (in the corners) for over four years. The vets don't know why she has it but of course want me to give her prednisone. I've been working with a homeopathic vet but still we haven't been able to kick this lip thing. She also has sore hips, sore vulva and her coat looks dingy. I'm going to give her some Brewer's yeast and see what happens because she has also lost the hair under her nose. I have a 100 lb lab mix. So between 12-20 tablets a day for how long? Thanks so much for the great information. I've tried everything else so I'm hoping this will work.

Brine Water Bath

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Posted by Gary (Kountze, Tx) on 07/14/2011

Years ago I worked on a drilling rig and one day a stray grown dog suffering from extreme malnutrition and an extreme skin disorder that was possibly mange showed up. (We namer her Mal) My brother and I fed her our lunches and the next day brought her some quality dog food. The only hair that she had on her was down the ridge of her back. About the third day we carried her to a brine pit and gave her a bath. I know it had to be painful but in about 3 weeks she began hair regrowth on her entire body. after 6 or 7 weeks her coat was thick and beautiful. She stuck around for a few months before one of the guys took her home to live out a full, good life. I dont know if a vet could have cured this dog but an old remedy did!

Castile Soap

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Posted by 5 Pooches Home (Houston, Tx) on 07/31/2012

Just wanted everyone to know how GREAT castile soap has been for my boston terrier mix female who had mange in her previous life (I adopted her from a shelter and she already had bad mange).

So after trying evrything, I was able to heal her skin in that patchy area. However, hair growth was slow. I started using castile soap and wow! What a huge difference! I started using Dr. Brooners Organic Castile Soap - Lavender first and then now we switched to Tea Tree one. Both are great. You can choose your own but yes it does work! Her hair are coming back and except for giving her a bath, there is hadly any headache for me! LOL. So easy.

We are also very eco and I know using castile soap means NO CHEMICALS on my dogs or in the bathroom area. Plus this brand is organic and fair trade - for those who care. Try it and you will get a shiny, happy, disease free dog! Good luck.

(p.s- Of coarse, she eats 100% homemade vegan diet and NO vaccinations, NO heartworm pills, NO antibiotics etc.)

Replied by Melissa

I would love to ask you about not doing heart worm meds or flea meds. I'm in the process of getting my 2 rescues as healthy holistically as I can and would love to hear how you are keeping them safe from heart worms, etc ... thanks

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