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Natural Remedies

Home Remedies for Dogs with Mange

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Sharon (Georgia, US) on 09/07/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Let me tell you my story. My daughter got a beautiful little black and white Lab/Australian Shepherd mix male puppy. When he was about 3 or 4 months old he started getting little bumps around his neck and feet. They started getting worse and he started losing the hair in this area. Before we knew it the bumps turned into oozing nasty sores and he started losing his hair. Took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with demodectic mange. We started having the vet dip him once a week at $40 a pop.

I read everything I could find about home treatments as I believe we give our animals too many drugs/medications that cause more internal problems than help. I bathed him at least once sometimes twice a week with a medicated dandruff shampoo followed by a rinse (which I left on) of washing borax, hydrogen peroxide and water. He was in extreme pain from this mange and nothing seemed to be helping (even the vet dips). He got so bad that he lost almost all of his beautiful long coat and was covered from head to toe in oozing ugly sores, scales and a terrible smell.

My husband would say every day that maybe we should put him down. You could tell that he didn't feel well. He no longer wanted to run and play. I read somewhere about diatomaceous earth and what it could do. It being a natural wormer with other health benefits - I thought I would try it as I really think this pup had a major internal problem as his immune system seemed to be highly compromised. I started giving him a tablespoon in his feed every night. I would put it over his dry feed and put warm water or a liquid over it as the earth is very dry. Within a month his sores were getting better. His skin was no longer bright red and nasty looking. It has been about 6 months now of putting this over his food every night and he is now almost back to his beautiful self.

He has so much energy. His skin no longer looks irritated even on his feet and legs. His hair is almost completely grown in and he has lots of it. His coat is shiny - And his teeth - they are the whitest teeth I have ever seen on a dog. No tarter stains - just beautiful. I stopped treating his skin topically and giving him baths every week about the time I started him on the diatomaceous earth. It turned this dog's world around. He is now a happy, playful big pup.

I highly recommend this stuff for everything. His gums are nice and pink and I would bet that he is worm free also. I just started giving it to my horses as a wormer instead of the harsh chemicals we give our animals for parasites, this is a miracle worker. I even started drinking a teaspoon every day in chocolate milk as it also has health benefits for people also. It is a natural cure for a multitude of things as it works from the inside out. You can purchase food grade diatomaceous earth from Tractor Supply. A large bag costs less than $15 and after using it for over 6 months, I still have over half a bag left. We started giving it to my husband's hunting beagles. Their teeth are whiter, their stool is solid, their coats are shiny and they seem to be happier also. I can't wait to see the effects on the horses.

I am one of those people that believe our lives are run by pharmaceutical companies getting rich on the crap they sell us and I always look for a natural alternative. This stuff is the bomb. I will never use dangerous, caustic wormers again on my dogs and hopefully not on my horses either. Good luck!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kavegirll77 (Arkansas) on 04/29/2014

Thanks for the info, ACV seems to be doing the trick! The heat was gone from the red spots within 15 minutes and the red was gone within 24 hours! I have beed spraying her with a light mist of ACV 2x daily and working it into her fur and she has been itching MUCH less, almost no itching. And it appears she is getting new hair growth :) I also have been rubbing vitamin e oil on the scaly areas and it appears to be helping also!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/25/2014

Hey Kavegirl!

If your dog was skin scraped confirmed to have localized demodicosis, you might consider Ted's Mange remedy; I have first hand experience using the remedy for my pup that had demodex and it did the trick!

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. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.

Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

Dip the dog once per week for 1 month and up to 2; 8 dips should resolve the demodex and if it does not, then you likely are not dealing with demodex.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kavegirl77 (Arkansas) on 04/24/2014

My 5 month old pup was diagnosed with localized demodectic mange. After lots of research I decided to use extra virgin coconut oil (feed it to her. I believe its 1 tsp per every 10 lbs and also rub on trouble areas) It does seem to help as some of the areas have cleared up but it still has spread now to other areas. I was thankful to come upon this website!! I will be trying the ACV, I actually just rubbed the red areas of her chest with it so we will see what happens!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/19/2014

Hey Phyllis!

The thread you posted to has been inactive since last June; in case the original contributor does not see your request, I will post Ted's Mange remedy for you:

This is what I do to make up the mange remedy.


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. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.


Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

Dip the dog once per week for 1 month and up to 2; 8 dips should resolve the mange and if it does not, then you likely are not dealing with mange.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Phyllis (Manhattan Beach, Ca) on 04/18/2014

Can you be more clear about the exact proportions of acv, baby oil and listerine

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Phyllis (Manhattan Beach, Ca) on 04/18/2014

Can you be more clear about the exact proportions of acv, baby oil and listerine

Tea Tree Oil Soap and Lemon Juice
Posted by Animal Gaurdian (Vt) on 04/11/2014
5 out of 5 stars

My Sammy/Chow/Border Collie/Malamute/Wolf mix had a TERRIBLE case of Demodectic mange which I completely healed by frequent bathing with organic tea tree oil soap followed by diluted organic lemon juice rinses.(allow time for the tea tree to sit on the skin for several minutes) I also used BHI Hair & Skin (homeopathy) supplemented with Vitamin C and Vitamin E., and an organic mushroom complex for immune support.

It took about a month but he was completely cleared. His fur started growing back nicely. Hope this helps. AG

Mange Remedies
Posted by Kirk (Sun City Ca.) on 01/10/2014

I would like to apologize for my mite solution as I got mites mixed up with ticks. It's the ticks I take out with tweezers and squash them and drown them. I have rescued stray dogs with quite a load of ticks on them. My friend told me to spray alcohol on the tick bites. Sorry about the mix up.

Mange Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/10/2014

Namaste, Om!

I do agree MMS could be the 1 thing any high volume rescue should have on hand.

After reading up, for *me*, Ted's remedy is still the ideal choice and I have found it effective.

Am very intrigued by kerosene, particularly after reading up on candida.

So much to learn by reading EC :)

Thanks again, OM!

Mange Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/10/2014

Thanks, Kirk!

I wonder if what you are calling a mite is what I might call a tick; the mites I have had to eradicate are microscopic. The ticks I have encountered I first put a drop of essential oil of some kind on them - lavender, lemon, tea tree is very good - and wait just a few minutes; the strong essential oil kills the ticks very quickly and I can pull them out with bare fingers [which I do wash well afterwards with soap and water]. One caution; don't wait more than a few minutes to remove the tick after applying the essential oil; the oils tend to dry the tick out very quickly, so if you wait too long, ie 10 minutes, the jaws of the tick are frozen shut and it makes removal a bit more difficult.

Mange Remedies
Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 01/10/2014

Hi Theresa from Mpls., Mn. from Om:

Thanks for your interest. You have no idea how much research I have done for hours till my eyes ached. I came up with treasures. One of which is Walter Last. I knew his name already many years ago when I read his booklet on the wonders of BSM, as well his support for ACV , in conjunction with BSM.

I am using Ted's mange remedy on myself. Borax is incredibly nice for hair and skin but after some usage the skin/hair need a good oil pack to make up for the resulting dryness. I intend to use Borax for myself in future as well internally. The animals get borax in their drinking water at the present time.

But first to MMS. It is so affordable and so effective. As the healing begins with the wet to dry it is also necessary to moisturize the skin after the treatment. People I know personally have cured their dog of parvo just with a few drops and within three days he was fine. What a boon to pet lovers. The effect MMS has had on the mites in my eyes and face and somewhat on my scalp was quite dramatic. I have, even at my age, skin that draws compliments from people. Nothing could be seen of mites except the missing eye brows. I am still working on them. The rosea has disappeared but I have not had any stress lately and when it comes I will adjust myself so that it is not stress. My skin around the eyes became like dry thin paper but is now back to normal. I still have to irrigate my eyes with MMS.

Kerosene/terebinth is an old folk remedy and you can google Kerosene Experiences. These are people mainly in Europe and an eye opener (when you read Walter Last) of what Merk Corp. has done to prevent people to cure themselves and pets of cancer, diabetes and many other ills by using kerosene or turpentine.

On the body, kerosene, turpentine can be used in conjunction with sulphur powder. I am still trying to find sulphur powder. Entire body if necessary, add VCO, leave on for half an hour and then off with it. The latest I found is that these two remedies also strip the body of radiation and are a superior cure . These two have been used for over two thousand years and more. There are also kerosene baths.

However, look and see why "benzene" is sold in pink or blue, thanks to Merck and Co.

Once I have been able to obtain sulphur powder, I will treat my dogs from tail to nose with e-collar on. Internally it must be taken with honey or sugar. Bill writes about this. It is a super dewormer. MMS is hard to use for multi pet deworming as it has to be done hourly for a few days and with many animals it is not an option.

If I have to answer more of your questions I will do so. Namaste, Om

Mange Remedies
Posted by Kirk (Sun City Ca.) on 01/10/2014

When my dogs ever get mites I pulled them off with tweezers squeeze them with the tweezers and drown them in water. I then spray the affected area (bites) with alcohol. This usually works. A friend of mine that raises Search and Rescue dogs told me to do this. Her dogs are very healthy.

Mange Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/10/2014

Hey Om!

I make a point to follow your posts because of the animal rescue work you do. As you well know, rescuers and breeders alike must become medical specialists in order to avoid completely draining our pocket books and making our veterinarians rich as Croesus, yes?

In my own dealings with treatment of mites, despite the temporary elevation in my heating bill [we've had -35 below in our neck of the woods] Ted's remedy is superior because it easily allows you to treat the entire body of the animal, as opposed to spot treating only the obviously affected areas, thereby removing any haven which would allow the mites to hide and continue to reproduce; the downside for some is that it must be repeated weekly for up to 8 weeks.

In relation to kerosene and turpentine, do you spot treat for mites topically or do you dose orally? If this cure is superior to Teds, how often do you apply it and is there any special way you mix it up? [I read in the turpentine and kerosene section and most recommended either mixing it up considerably or orally 2-3 drops.] If you use coconut oil in the mix, doesn't the area treated with the coconut oil also remain damp and allow heat to escape from the animal as it never will dry? Do you use it in conjunction with MMS?

I admit to never having used either MMS or kerosene or turpentine but after reading the EC pages am quite intrigued!

Thanks for sharing your experience :)

Mange Remedies
Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 01/09/2014

Lilacsandoves: Thanks. In the cold winter to do Ted's mange remedy is not advisable. I use Borax on my self but I am trying to find the right kerosene/terpentine for treatment of skin diseases for my dogs. Ted's remedy is ideal for warm summer months. In Canada, putting on the heat high in the house can become very expensive these days .

Treatment with Kerosene/Turpentine is highly to be recommended. See: Walter Last. I do not use petroleum jelly, instead VCO. Also, as Johnston's baby oil often recommended, the truth is, that product leaves much to be desired. It is plain hype. The kerosene/terpentine treatment for various uses is well documented on youtube. Regards, Om

Mange Remedies
Posted by Lilacsanddoves (Toronto, Ontario) on 01/09/2014

To Om from Hope BC regarding mites for pets. Bathe them in borax laundry detergent and water and rinse well. Borax is the mineral boron and a natural kerosene! Buy it at walmart in laundry section. BORAX.

Mange Remedies
Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 12/30/2013

Robert Henry from Ten Mile, Tn -

I would like to use your method of curing dogs from mites, etc. I would be most appreciative of the dosage, such as how much sulfur, which kind of sulfur, perhaps flowers of sulfur? The duration of keeping kerosene on the skin. Finally I would like to use it on myself, too.

Since I look after rescue pets, it would be a boon to know the precise procedure.

I am enjoying your posts. Have a blessed and prosperous New Year. Om

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rochelle (Raleigh, N.C.) on 10/10/2013

Did this really work for your dog? If so how long was it before you were able to see a difference?

Sulphur Powder
Posted by Jenn (Midwest Ohio) on 08/02/2013

I just thought I would add, I have a one year old lab/bernese mountain dog mix. She is currently recovering from mange. After much research on the home remedies I settled on using a combination method.

FIRST - Claritin, helps with the itching and many sources stated it was safe for animal use as long as it isn't Clartin D. One pill each day, dose varies by wieght of the dog. This has seemed to help her immensly.

SECOND - Sulfa-Lo soap. You can order it OTC at the walmart pharmacy. I used this soap to bathe her everyother day. We rubbed it in generously and let it sit a soak in for about ten minutes before rinsing her off. Then we used a blow dryer to dry her up real good to avoid her licking off any residue.

THIRD - Every single day (on bath day after she was dried from the bath we applied this step) we used a mixture in spray bottle 1/3 olive oil, 1/3 listerine mouth wash, 1/3 water. We sprayed her down generously with this mixture each evening. My understanding is the oil smothers the mites.. But the mouthwashing discourages licking. She does still try to lick at it some but not constantly.

Within one days treatment her itching was greatly reduced.

By day three the redness in the bald patches was reduced as well

within a week or so she wasnt digging at her self anymore and her skin was looking normal.

It has taken about three weeks to notice any significant hair regrowth.. but she is much more comfortable and looks much better.

We are just waiting for the hair to grow and plan to continue the treatment untill her coat is full and healthly looking again. But in the meantime we are happy to have our girl back to her playful self, instead of a irratable scratching machine.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Claudia (Pasadena, California) on 07/31/2013

hi Cathy, this sounds like a similar issue I have been struggling with my dog (a mutt)... The best thing I have found is bathing him every 10 days to 2 weeks with human shampoo made with tea tree oil and making sure to rinse it out thoroughly. I also cleanse his ears once a week because they tend to get very yeasty. I believe after much research, that I have been dealing with a yeast issue. The apple cider vinegar didn't do much for his skin issues, so I would try the bathing route if I was you. Also look into yeast overgrowth from your dog's food. Happens more than we realize. Good luck and blessings to you and your furry friend!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cathy (London, Ontario, Canada) on 07/31/2013

Good morning. I have a 9-month-old black male standard poodle. He is groomed often, fed well and lives in a good environment. He has developed a skin problem which I just discovered under his thick poodle hair. I've been combing the dandruff out and applying apple cider vinegar, then a few days later, witch hazel, to the skin for the past week. It's not working. Also, I've bathed him in medicated neem oil shampoo.

I don't know whether my dog has fleas, scabies or mange, or some kind of dermatitis. (I'm praying it's not sebaceous adenitis, which is a known disease for poodles. He is considered young for SA. ) But I understand this solution is broadly effective for all these problems.

Sorry for all the dialogue. My concern: I have used hydrogen peroxide 3% on my dog, in combination with baking soda and dish soap when he was sprayed by a skunk. I do not think the hydrogen peroxide is good for his beautiful black coat!

So I'd prefer to use vinegar - regular vinegar or apple cider vinegar, whichever.

My question is do I dilute the 5% vinegar with water, as you dilute the 3% hydrogen peroxide?

Thanks for your help! I await your response. Cathy

Demodectic Mange Remedies
Posted by Om (Hope BC, Canada) on 07/11/2013

Hi Carrie, I am using MMS with success on my dog. We have a few more days to go but it looks good. On Jim Humble's website look for Skin ailments. I am using nothing else least of all vet. meds.

You may need a cone for your dog so it will dry on the body. Very easy regimen. If the skin gets a bit dry in between I use aloe vera and he likes it. All the best. Om

Demodectic Mange Remedies
Posted by Carrie (Il) on 07/11/2013

My red heeler has been diagnosed with demodex. However, hers is inside or under the skin cells. They did a biopsy to find it. We had her tested to see if she could take Ivermectin, as herding breeds can carry a gene that if they took it, it could be fatal. We have been treating her, but now that we are nearing the end, she still has red bumps and hair loss. They prescribed a steroid, which I stopped giving her after I realized it could make it worse. She was never as itchy as some of the people who have posted. Would one of these treatments work for her? She is about two years old, was a rescue so we know very little about her puppyhood. Any advice would be great.

Posted by Om (Hope Bc, Canada, Bc) on 07/08/2013
4 out of 5 stars

My little dog just came back from a grooming session. He had a terrible itch all over several weeks ago but I thought I had eliminated what I thought might have been mites as for a good two weeks he seemed to be free of itch. The second day after grooming I noticed he had lesions around his neck face and armpits which became worse by the day. Also, I noticed, for the first time, black spots. He also was crying pitiously off and on as if someone was hurting him.

I did research and found out that dog scabies is different from human scabies and also very contageous. Rather than relying on the borax method, I used MMS topically as a spray. Topical treatment with MMS uses stronger dosage. I sprayed him and myself hourly for a day and he slept well and did not cry at all. The lesions seem to clear up but it will take perhaps a few more days.

Second day, I sat at my pc and looked out of the window to notice an unusual clarity of vision and brilliance of colour. I did research and read one comment from one other user of MMS about the same thing - better vision.

I am beginning to trust this remedy and hope to start internal doses soon, starting very low. My cats will start with half a drop for their individual needs. On reading many posts on this, I feel it is vital to follow the protocol and stay low to avoid unpleasant effects as this remedy cleans up and removes lots of pathogens. If MMS can cure malaria in a couple of days, it sounds extremely promising...

Thanks to Jim Humble for his humanitrian service. Om

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rich (Raleigh, Nc, Usa) on 06/08/2013

Well I want to let you know that I made a concoction of apple cider vinegar plus baby oil plus Listerine. Apparently as everyone knows, baby oil smothers the mites, the Listerine and the antiseptic in the Listerine helps heal and soothe the affected area. As far as the apple cider vinegar I really still don't know what it does but I put it in there I use this simple spray bottle and I used equal parts of apple cider vinegar in the stream and 1/3 cup of baby oil.

I sprayed it on the dogs and in two days their hair is growing back. I have three outside dogs they are fairly large I also gave them each one small Benadryl tablet for anti-itching as I heard this helps him to stop bitching as well. I'll keep everyone updated on the progress but so far this concoction seems to work

Flax Oil, Agnihotra Ash, Neem Oil
Posted by Patu (Montreal, Qc, Canada) on 03/29/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I found a new treatment that cures them all. It might sound strange when you will know the ingredients, but actually work best than anything else, and in between 1-2 weeks, with only one or two applications of the following mix, you will be done.

This is my second post about Dog Mange Remedies. The first presented a different treatment for every type of mange. All work. Because I posted it a while ago and forgot my username, I had to post it separately.

You need to prepare a simple mix, which you will spread all over your dog, where it has any signs of presence of mange (any type). It is sticky, black and greasy.

Mix in one container the following ingredients. You can increase/decrease amounts depending on the size of your dog, or the area to treat. If your dog's hair is too long, trim it, to makes it easier and more effective the application. Important, in the case of scarcophic mange, you need to rub the skin before, to get it better exposed to the mix.

  • Half cup of FLAX OIL
  • 1 cup or 1½ cup of AGNIHOTRA ASH (the mix get thicker with more ash, chose according to the state of your dog's skin).
  • 10-20 ml of NEEM OIL

For this it would be better that (depending of the weather of course) you dress your dog, and envelope/cover his/her legs with socks or other tissue (if the mange was spread there). This is necessary to (1) avoid your pet to lick the mix, (2) that the mix get into your floor/furniture/etc. Once the mix sort of solidifies on your pet, about 2-3 days (sometimes less depending on the climate), it wouldn't matter anymore. It will get stuck on your pet, until the hair grow and gradually gets it out. In the meantime, it will be healed and its skin perfectly healthy.

All three ingredients have a specific role and are all ESSENTIAL. The most difficult to find is Agnihotra ash. You can get it always free from anyone practicing Agnihotra (Mostly known as a Hindu Vedic, practice to purify the atmosphere) that is practiced all over the world. Look online for any Agnihotra farm, or Agnihotra club/group in your area, and just ask. You can produce Agnihotra ash yourself, but the process although simple, requires some special utensils and a particular process. So better try to get it from someone who already has it (look online for those tags, Agnihotra ash, Agnihotra farming, or simply Agnihotra, since I do not think I can post websites URLs here). People who practice Agnihotra, are already happy to share it and always FREE.

You will be amazed by the results. I've seen many times how this changes an awfully infested damaged open red skin (depending on the mange) to beautiful white healthy skin in a week. The most important thing is to keep your dog from licking it, is okay if they lick it except that they will take it off the skin, and you want it ON the skin. If the dog, licks it or takes some off, just re-apply.

You will be amazed by the results.

Sulphur Powder
Posted by Deb (Kelowna, Bc) on 03/21/2013

What did you all do with the sulphur powder? I am going crazy as my two dogs myself and daughter all have it. Did you have to treat the whole house as well? Thanks for your help.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Peaceandlove (Sydney) on 03/02/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I've been looking after a 7month old bull terrier pup for 6 days who has mange. The poor girl's skin was bright dark/hot pink and felt very hot to touch. She has lost most of her hair on the underside and it was very bristley to touch.

I've used ACV 2-3 times a day using 1/3 cup to 2/3 cup water in a spray bottle to soak her all over. Her skin is now normal light pink except a couple of the worst spots, her hair is soft to touch and she has come out of her shell playing with the other dogs. It is obvious she is so much happier now so it must feel much better!

I'll now reduce the ratio down to 1/6 ACV to 5/6 water.

Injections and vet treatments made no improvement to her condition for over 3 months yet this has improved it in a week. Will keep using it for the next few weeks to see how much it improves.


Mange Remedies
Posted by Ashley (Pasadena, Ca) on 02/10/2013
5 out of 5 stars

My 2 year old rescue (approximately 50 lbs, very lean and muscular) started showing sign of sarcoptic mange. He is generally a very itchy guy (lots of seasonal allergy issues) but this was different. He was itching specifically on paws, fleshy underside, and most of all his neck. He began to rapidly lose hair, about a 5 inch wide by 3 inch all patch of his neck was now bare, red and irritated. He is a very wild and anxious rescue dog, despite a lot of training and work with me, and he does NOT do well at the vet. In addition I prefer natural remedies and I hate the idea of using anything harsh or caustic on his already sensitive skin. I decided to try a mixture of natural approaches i'd read about online before resorting to a vet visit.

Diet: I already feed him a natural high protein locally produced kibble, but I began adding 1 tbsp of kelp powder to each feeding. I also added 3 pumps of salmon oil, and half a capsule of zinc (emptied the powder onto his kibble). Lastly I ground up 1 tbsp of flax seed (also known as flax meal but I prefer to grind my own). I mixed all of this together in his meals (I feed him twice per day). He loved the taste and ate it all... I also supplemented in 1/2 can of pure pumpkin about 2x per week for a natural source of zinc (and unrelated digestive aid).

Topical: I mixed 2 drops lavender oil with about 1 tbsp of vitamin E oil. I applied usually 2x per day. This worked well on his neck to soothe the inflamed skin and itching, but I couldn't use it on other parts of his body due to incessant licking.

His mange did not seem to improve in the first week, in fact it seemed to worsen at only a slightly less rapid rate. As I started to despair and think about bringing him into the vet, around day 10 he started to get better. We continued this regimen for about 10 more days (nearly 3 weeks in total). His itching stopped and he began to slowly grow the hair back. It actually has taken him almost 4 months to grow all the hair back and even still, it is thinner than the other unaffected hair.

We had one other small bout maybe 6 months later, he was itchier than usual and losing hair on his neck again. I started adding zinc for maybe one week, and the itching stopped and hair grew back! It really is a wonderful natural way to help your pet, but may not work in extreme cases.

Hope this is helpful for those who are leery of treatments that seem potentially harsh like boric acid or conventional dips and sprays.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lil (Dover, Nj) on 01/10/2013

Apple Cider Vinegar - how many times a day do I give it to my dog for the mange?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jing (Bulacan, Philippines) on 11/27/2012
5 out of 5 stars

i read some comments here and tried applying Apple Cider Vinegar to my shih tzu last night. He's been suffering from mange for a long time now. His skin is reddish but this morning it turned pale and it's not greasy and smelly anymore. I will try to use it on him and will post developments here next week. This website is a life-saver! Thanks

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Maggie (New York, New York) on 11/13/2012

Well while Apple Cider Vinegar might be beneficial, it doesnt cure the problem. OMG, NEVER EVER USE BORAX ON YOUR DOG.... I have four pit bulls and one got mange and theyb spread it to eachother because I couldnt keep them apart. They cried for eachother. Vet injections can be deadly. Borax felt hot and somewhat of a burning sensation, which is more tolerable when you think about it than a persistant itch. I tried the patch test on my arm.

Please use safe products on your pets, nothing harsh, ive Leave this treatment to air dry on your dog or cat. Read some crazy things. Yeah you go nuts when your dog doesnt get better. Give them good quality food, dog food or raw diet. Then give them a bath with antimicrobial or antibacterial shampoo for dogs. Wash all the things they lay or walk on with hot water and bleach, try to use the one that is not original, the sent is harmful to pets, clorox lavender or any other sent is great. Then pour a mixture of warm water and listerine original, use it equal parts or try to use a bit more Listerine, this really works. Listerine is an antiseptic, and it kills the itch, the mange is on the skin and hair follicles, and just below the skin -why it takes soooo long to cure. But if you care for your pet, and dont want them bleeding and in pain, DO THIS, IT REALLY WORKS. The hair w-ill grow back and your dog will feel better and know you are caring for him. Some people spray the mixture on, I wanted to see results, and stop their discomfort, so I poured it on where needed and gently did their faces with a cotton wash towel. The bumps all gone, the itch all gone, the mange, after 2 Months, and dogs will vary, ALL GONE. GOOD LUCK.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Mayonnaise
Posted by Schelc (Makawao, Hi) on 10/29/2012
5 out of 5 stars

After reading the reviews of nautropathic ways to handle mange, I decided to try the mayo & apple cider vinegar method as it appeared to be the least invasive to my dog... I just had to comment that the combination did wonders to heal the mange on my dog makana! I applied the mayo consistententy so as to not have the mites spread & the vinegar cleaned & protected her skin... It really worked.. It took several weeks, but the mange has disappeared & her new hair has grown back... Once the mange was contained & the worst was over, I applied 100% aloe vera & tea tree oil.. I highly recommend this method, the whole ordeal is over & it did the trick... Thank you! Kudos!

Sulphur Powder
Posted by Bob (St, Mo.) on 10/15/2012

Thanks for the input, I'm going to try it.

Castile Soap
Posted by 5 Pooches Home (Houston, Tx) on 07/31/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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.)

Posted by Alizay (Los Angeles, Ca) on 07/30/2012

How much mustard powder should be used??? My dog is starting to show signs of demodex again and a lady told me to mix it water in a spray bottle but I didnt ask her how much of it! How much are you using??

Posted by Mandy (Tulsa, Oklahoma) on 07/09/2012

wwwwwtsod hi my name is mandy. My puppy's mange is 90 percent healed. I went to the feed store bought ivermectin pour on. Went home bathed dog really good. Poured 1 tsp between shoulder blades. After dog was dry from bath. Left on two days. Chained dog outside. Cleaned house from top to bottom. Day _3 bought daily dog vitamins and benadryl. Which from ther on gave him one a day. Day 3 I also started bathing him daily. After which I would pour a lil ivermectin on the corner of a wet rag and dab on to affected areas. Rewashed any towel he was sleeping on outside everyday. Squeeze lemons on the wounds every couple days. and somedays I would cake vaseline over affected aread because mites cant breathe thru vaseline and cant stick to greasy skin.

Diaper Rash Ointment
Posted by Diana (Saint Louis, Missouri) on 07/06/2012

How long do u leave the ointment on and how often do u put it on them?

General Feedback
Posted by Heather (San Diego, Ca) on 07/03/2012

Hello, my dad is using your cure for mange on our four house dogs and one of them is a puppy of three months to four months of age and I think she was careless and sprayed it on their bed or food. The puppy ate some and has been shaking and screaming like nuts and crying. I have been giving her liquids with electrolytes in it for the last day and she seemed better but she is screaming and screaming now and I even tried milk and shes shaking and screaming. We live in a different county and the vets office is closed and so I can only think to pump liquids into her at this point- please, please help!

Cooking Oil, Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Meghan (Portland, Oregon) on 06/27/2012

Tea tree oil is toxic to cats and toxic to dogs in large amounts.

Garlic Oil
Posted by Amanda M. (Btown, Ga) on 06/23/2012

I found instructions for making Garlic Oil through eHow: How to Make Garlic Oil at Home.

General Feedback
Posted by Carol (Ocala, Fla) on 06/19/2012

Please provide formula you are using. we have two puppies (perfectly healthy) then this showed up in both.. Vet has them on antibiotics (now 10 days) no help with the crusty/red areas and hair is being lost quite quickly.... Please provide formula (easy to understand) I posed this question to Ted on the 6th with NO REPLY.... Thank you from a senior citizen who would love to make these little ones more comfortable.

General Feedback
Posted by Nh Gardener (Sanbornton, Nh, Usa) on 06/19/2012

For Carol from Dunnellon, FL for mange on puppies--Please give them food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) in their raw apple cider vinegar (ACV)-dampened food, starting with 1 tsp. DE once a day, increasing gradually to 1 tsp. Twice a day. DE absorbs and eliminates toxins from the body, and is excellent for skin conditions. I 'd also add a little gently melted coconut oil into their food, beginning with 1 tsp. Once a day to 1 rounded tsp. 2 X/day. I'd also massage coconut oil and/or DE (dampened) onto their affected skin. DE is inexpensive and effective; check local health food stores or the internet for sources. All good wishes.

General Feedback
Posted by Nh Gardener (Sanbornton, Nh, Usa) on 06/18/2012

For Mell from Bangalore for spaniel--Please give food grade diatomaceous earth in raw apple cider vinegar-dampened food, starting with 1 tsp. Once a day, increasing gradually to rounded--heaping tsp. 2 X/day. DE absorbs and eliminates toxins from body, and is excellent for healing skin conditions. Check internet for sources. One site in particular, has good pet (and human) testimonials. Add a little gently melted coconut oil in his food, starting with 1 tsp. A day, increasing gradually to 1 or 2 tsps. 2 X/day. Also massage coconut oil onto affected areas 2 or more X/day. It's antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal.

General Feedback
Posted by Lunasa (Beacon, New York, Usa) on 06/18/2012

Mon. 6/18/12 We have a l year old Bernease Mountain Dog that had mange when we got him. We tried Ted's borax bath and are seeing some nice results - his skin is not as flaky/scabby and he doesn't scratch as much. Until we did some additional searching, we were only bathing him 1/week. We'll increase that to every 3/4 days as recommended. We wanted to know since this kills parasites, would it be a good solution to keep fleas and ticks away as well. Thanks for your help! Lunasa

Dandruff Shampoo
Posted by Tigergirl62 (Alvin, Tx, United States) on 06/14/2012 3 posts

What brand of dandruff shampoo did you use? I am having issues with my dog's skin as well. I suspect that she has an allergy to the wheat in her treats since none of my other 3 dogs have issues. Within days of her beginning to scratch, her skin becomes infected and I have to get antibiotics from the vet. She begins to heal, but within a few weeks of completing the antibiotics, she relapses. Her mange test was negative, but I'm desperate to get her relief.

General Feedback
Posted by Mell (Bangalore, India) on 06/09/2012

My English cocker spaniel has had sarcoptic mange since age 4 weeks but was diagnosed after 2 weeks when intensive treatment with Ivermectin was initiated. She improved but even after 3 weeks of treatment the mange proved stubborn. She's now 11 weeks old and is not being treated for mange as she needs to get her vaccinations and rabies shots. I tried the borax hydrogen peroxide treatment on her 3 days back. The next day I was surprised to see whitish bumps with scaly scabs on various parts of her body and she began to itch all over again. I gave her a second treatment today (3 days later) but am puzzled by what appears to be a recurrence of mange. Or does it get worse before it gets better? She seems to be losing hair all over again but in new places. She's on a vitamin and calcium supplement and also gets salmon oil but her coat is sparse and dull. I would appreciate any feedback.

General Feedback
Posted by Carol (Dunnellon, Fla... Usa) on 06/06/2012

Mange on two baby boy's age 4 months.. 1st three check ups and puppy shots VETS said PERFECT coats, skin etc... Today got slammed with his response to what we thought was aggressive puppy play and an allergy to St Augustine Grass here in Fla.... HE SAID MANGE... I am 70 and I do not exactly understand your recipe (I DO WANT TO USE IT.. Based on all the positive feedback here I've read from so many... I WILL FIND THE INGREDIENTS you suggest, just please please please make the recipe easy for an old lady to understand... I know I took on a great responsability of 2 (not 1) puppy..... Could not help myself and I am not SORRY... Just need to know how to stop this diagnosis I got slammed with today out of the blue by the Doctor that charged me $111.00 and said this will BE A LONG TIME BEFORE THEY ARE BETTER and COSTLY unfortunately.... I wanted to die! Please respond.... They were fine until 3 weeks ago but, I can see this is moving rather quickly on their precious little bodies!!

PLEASE TED, , , RESPOND QUICKLY WITH THE MEASUREMENTS OF THE PEROXIDE-BORIC and or PEROXIDE and VINEGAR... OR BOTH that I can clearly understand.... Thank you, Carol or (itbegrandmaG(at)

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