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I gave my Pomeranian a bath and put 1/4 of cup of borax in the bath water. The tub was half full so it was quite diluted but she never felt better. She stopped scratching and seemed happy.
I myself take borax/boron not to be confused with boric acid. Please keep in mind that borax must be diluted 1 teaspoon powder in 32 oz of water. Dissolve well and I take 1 teaspoon of this liquid a day. I put 1 tiny homeopathic pill in the pets water every other day.
Please note: Boric acid is something totally different and I make boric acid eyewash and use it in my eyes or to clean my dogs eyes. I mix 1/4 teaspoon of boric acid and a pint of distilled water and make sure it’s dissolved well.
Did you use 20 Mule Team for the baths? And the same for the supplement? I have an extremely allergic and yeasty dog, I’d like to treat him naturally.
Hi Theresa, or anyone on EC that can give feed back.
Late last year a woman came to my door with a large black rescue dog that is part retriever, newfie. His back was one raw piece blood and serum from years of neglect by people who were addicted to alcohol as well he was kicked by a man and abused constantly. By the way, this is a wonderful, intelligent dog that puts us to shame because he has not a mean bone in him . For four years he wore an e-collar, but no serious treatment for his condition.
The dog was screaming with pain and rubbing his back on the floor in utter agony. I immediately went to my kitchen cabinet and poured high quality turmeric on his huge wound till totally covered. The room was full of blood and turmeric which cleaned up well, so no problem. After about three minutes, while we were talking, I noticed the dog lying quietly in a corner, relaxing. Within three days this large wound area was healed! The hair began growing back with small areas that need work to help fill in. Wonderful turmeric!
The reason I am seeking input is that months later after several baths which he endures with patience most of the scabs have fallen off except those at the root of his tail and along the tail. New bumps appear with a type of goose skin and severe itching. He is on Essiac to clean him out which can take months. I am waiting to get out of this small town to purchase a good e-collar, much as I hate it but plan on keeping it on only after a TED bath for mites and so on.
Meanwhile I use Dr. Bronner's lavender kastile soap for another bath, following up with much diluted ACV which both my dogs hate for the smell even though they like it in the food. What I am concerned about is those hard itchy bumps and the lower back and tail not clearing up. Is it detox or what? I am sure he has mites as he scratches his face quite often. They get home made food with lots of raw veggies, turmeric, MSM a little Celtic salt, kelp and VCO. Some raw chicken items, too. Top quality grain free kibbles in a smaller amount than the rest.
Can anyone make useful suggestions without bringing in vets. Thanks, Om
Try applying either hemp seed oil or coconut oil to the area three or four times a day. Probably wouldn't hurt to mix some turmeric in with it.
My spidey senses are tingling on this one. Mites aren’t usually itchy, which if it was mites means that you are dealing with sarcoptic mites, and those can get way bad – like when you first saw this dog.. but then you would see hair loss all over, not just the back, but on the face and legs and groin.
Have you ruled out fleas? The itch pattern IMHO fits the MO for fleas. If this is not your personal pet but a client dog, do you know for *sure* the dog’s home is not flea infested? Just something about the issue being at the base of the spine and along the tail makes me think fleas. And no matter how many times you wash the dog, if the dog’s environment is contaminated the problem will not resolve.
So, if you DO find fleas anywhere in the environment or on the dog then give a good flea, starting at the nose and working your way back; I use Dawn dish soap when I have to do a flea bath, and follow up with an ACV rinse to neutralize any soap that might remain in the coat and re-balance the PH of the skin. I don’t envy you blow drying a huge newf mix and all that coat, but you really should blow him out and follow with a thorough flea coming.
Now, if you have absolutely ruled out fleas then the itch pattern you describe smacks of inhalant allergy – mold from snow melt, cedar tree pollens. The remedies for allergies apply – urtica urens/stinging nettle, Thuja – and turmeric of course to combat inflammation, and certainly probiotics to get the gut healthy which will cut down the immune response/inflammation.
Sounds like the diet you are feeding is tops – but when dealing with a rescue you have to repair the ‘back log’ of being fed less than ideal foods [which likely created a yeasty gut] so ACV or baking soda in the water to alkalize is indicated as well.
I posted below under the Dog with Fishy Skin Odor my Allergy Battle Plan that is based on and includes Ted’s remedies – check it out, as I think the crisis doses for baking soda in the water may apply as well as the anti staph remedy for the particular patch at the base of the tail and along the tail- sounds like that may have a fungal component to it. And then when the dog was all dry, back at with the turmeric 🙂
Thanks, Theresa, for your reply.
Of course he was plagued with fleas in an inundated environment for years. But there are no fleas here. I use dry turmeric only on fungal conditions or wet wounds. I plan to use VCO with turmeric to moisturize his skin.
It is just the new and old bumps that I am wondering about. Are they bacteria heavens? Mites do itch, Theresa. I will follow your instructions with the Ted regimen. I used such a bath recently but my little dog caught a cold in the early morning. I was mortified and ran to my homeopathics, dosing him with ACONITE, then with a combo from HEEL and would you believe it: not a cough since; he is fine. However I will be spot treating mainly till the weather gets warmer.
Big dog bit me as a pain reflex when I tried to deal with his tail. It was a tooth wound. As turmeric was right with me, I pressed the powder into the wound and there was no bleeding, swelling or discolourisation. Next day I could hardly discern it. It was not his fault. Right now I am using a med. soft nylon brush to remove dead skin. He does not mind that. Thanks again, Om
You said: “Of course he was plagued with fleas in an inundated environment for years. But there are no fleas here.”
Perhaps I misunderstood- this dog has been in your custoday since late last year? This is your dog now? You might want to try the lamp/plate of dish soap water trap one night as the pattern of itching is a textbook example for flea issue.
” Mites do itch, Theresa.”
Sarcoptic mange mites itch like crazy – however in my experience demodex mites do NOT itch, not until secondary infections such as staph or funal occur.
“It is just the new and old bumps that I am wondering about. Are they bacteria heavens?”
Bumps upon bumps sound like one or both of two things – hives [allergies and inflamation] and pustules [bacterial staph]. Turmeric is effective on MRSA and inflamation, so I would not hesitate to go at the dog’s rump with the turmeric shaker as well as dosing in the food.
You might consider adding oils to his diet to help with moisturizing. this is Ted’s advice on Newfoundland case from the EC pet allergies page:
‘A common remedy for a dry skin condition is evening primrose oil, one teaspoon mixed in a dog food. A dog’s skin falling off is often insects, but can be certain staph bacteria for example. As an emeergency remedy I used, milk of magnesia (no aluminum) mixed with water at a ratio of about 1: 2 (which means one part water two parts milk of magnesia solution). The milk of magnesia kills off the invading staph and other bacteria whenever H2O2 and Borax [mange remedy] fails to work. As a warning, the milk of magnesia may cause the dog to have a mild diarrhea, but it seems to help some detox. A baking soda 1/2 teaspoon per liter of water will help raise the dog’s immune system. On the other hand 1/8 teaspoon only once a week of borax mixed in one liter of drinking water will help the dog raise the hormones.
As to other remedies that may help, the opening of wounds can be healed faster, some aloe vera is applied or in some cases that has helped me was the application of milk of magnesia, than this is followed by a vaseline to prevent further infection in case things do not work out.
In some cases a certain mange can be resistant to H2O2 and borax treatment due to a REINFECTION. If this is the case the H2O2 and borax is redone, but this time the dog is quarantined in a small room or cage that is sterilized and clean during the treatment period. I have found this method to work quite well in case the H2O2 and borax didn’t work initially. I suspect that there is a small hives of mange somewhere in the house that the dogs get reinfected, and hence a quarantine the dog in a clean sterilized area, instead of allowing the dogs to roam around a large area seems to do the trick.’
And as sweet and gentle a soul as this dog is, it may be prudent to muzzle him prior to any grooming session were you have to work the dead skin off the affected area. There are simple muzzle you can make with nylon stockings, or simple dish clothes. For that matter, you can google how to make a Elizabethan collar at home as well. You might also consider cutting the hair shorter [NOT shave to the skin] to make treating the affected areas easier.
Hi Theresa and all Pet Lovers on E.C.
I am glad I remembered neem seed oil. After one treatment the skin looks wonderful. Neem is anti bacterial and anti viral remedy that also helps hair regrow, discourages fleas, kills mites and no-no critters and lice. It has a smell but I can live with that. This will address the staph infection which, I suspect he may have. Also some bare spots may regrow as future will tell.
There are no more dry flakes and he looks clean. He is now my dog and a joy to have around. His bumps are not all over, just here and there. Thanks, Theresa, I will get a muzzle and e-collar tomorrow. Neem is very bitter, so he is not licking now. I plan to treat him generously with this oil which would differ with each dog, I think.. I warm the neem oil a bit as it becomes semi solid; the colour is gold/brown and one can see the seeds.
I have been reading up on it and I also have the powdered neem leaves to fill into capsules. If a dog has diabetes, this and holy basil leaf powder would be best. I plan to use it myself off and on.
In India neem is famous. People eat neem leaves on empty stomach and it is always hard to reach up to the branches as they have been stripped of their leaves by others. Neem is for everything. The tree itself discourages invasive weeds in its vicinity. The twigs of Margosa (neem) tree are used for tooth brushes. Namaste, Om
Wow – no more flakes after just 1 treatment with Neem? I have used Neem in the past but never with such stellar results. Clearly this is the right remedy for your dog! I guess its time for me to dust off my bottle and try, try again…
One more idea from EC's Neem page – date unknown, but likely several years old:
[YEA] Marie from 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 ? 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 ? 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."
My dog is scratching & biting her paws due to a pink rash on skin, have been feeding her dried iams for dogs. I have a strong suspision its the food as I have bathed her in special shampoo & used fox mite spot on from vets but still itching so try going back to meat products as manufacturers are using fillers in dried food they also have had many recalls due to toxic substances in production
My GSD at one time also suffered tremendously from itchy skin. I tried everything from prescription shampoos, etc. What helped her the most is I found out she apparently was allergic to Corn meal. So I had to get a dog food which didn’t have this in it. Her skin condition cleared up. Sometimes it is an internal thing.
Hello… Every time my dogs played in the yard across the street they came home with freakish itchiness & occasionally lesions would erupt between the toes. We had the same issue at our former residence & we wonder if it might have something to do with the mango tree leavings in both yards-
Whatever it is, I used the borax-peroxide solution & we found relief from itching instantaneously. We made a gallon of this solution initially & were able to give a lot of it away to neighbors whose dogs had skin issues. I use a squeeze bottle to direct the solution to specific spots.
Researching further I discovered food-grade diatomaceous earth & I am amazed at the panacea of benefits this has to offer. I found food-grade DE at a local animal feed/pet store. I added this to my dogs' diet, take it myself & have my adult son taking it.
All of us are also using ACV (a life-long thing- my great grandmother used to drink the stuff).
A medieval recipe for a topical anesthetic to treat skin abrasions, hot spots & to calm intense biting/chewing;
Clove tincture: add a box of whole cloves to a cheap bottle of vodka- close the bottle tightly & place in a dark cupboard for 10 days. The alcohol will turn a deep brown & smells wonderful. Using a soft cloth or cotton ball dab a little of this solution onto affected area, it may sting a teeny bit but the clove oils will numb this immediately. (This is good for mouth pain as well! ) You can strain & package into smaller bottles to help your family/neighbors/friends & their pets.
What exactly is the 'borax and hydrogen peroxide mixture' that you mentioned? How much of each?
How much borax and peroxide for a dog bath?
I have dogs who have seasonal allergies and other allergies that show up on their skin. They get hives, or crusty lesions on their skin; sometimes the skin is very reactive and they will rub on furniture to relieve their itching and cause the hives to raise. Sometimes they just get small, black looking spots that give way to round areas that would make you think 'ring worm' but they are not. I have taken them to the vet when the itching is beyond what I can manage and gotten the steroid shot and in some cases antibiotics if the skin has gotten infected. I have bathed in the medicated shampoos to no avail; nothing really seems to *work* and I end up down the same road – cortisone shot and antibiotics.
This year I discovered Ted's Anti-fungal and Anti-staph solution. Since I have a quantity of dogs, I was able to do some side by side testing. I had one dog I used the cortisone shot and Sulfadene medicated shampoo, and other dog I used only Ted's Anti-fungal and Anti-staph solution. While neither the shampoo or Ted's solution outright stopped the inflammatory state of the skin, Ted's solution stopped any topical infection from starting and spreading. In the dog I used the sulfadene on, it looked as if it was turning into a greasy seborrhea; when I used Ted's solution on that dog the condition resolved immediately.
Dogs with allergy skin are work -no question. In my case it means I bathe my dogs weekly, sometimes oftener if needed, in Ted's solution. While it is not perfect -again, I need to find a way to halt the inflammatory state – at least it allows me to keep the skin healthy to avoid a secondary infection and the antibiotics that are required to resolve it.
I gleaned this recipe from Ted's the feedback in the pet section; since I tend to have a quantity of dog to be bathed at any given time, I usually make a quadrupple batch. The only possible side effect may be that a black coated dog will suffer peroxide bleaching which will turn a black coat red with multiple uses over time.
Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph solution
Dilute the 16 oz brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a 1% solution by dumping the bottle into a jug and adding 32 oz of filtered or distilled water; I just fill up the empty brown bottle with water and dump it in the jug twice. Now you have 48 ounces of a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide.
Add 4 table spoons EACH:
Borax, Epsom salts, and Milk of Magnesia.
Shake the dickens out of the solution. I usually run a tub full of hot water and set the jug in the tub, and then when the tub cools where I can bathe my dog the solution is by then an agreeable temperature for the dog. Bathe the dog in doggy shampoo or what have you, get all the crusty lesions gently scrubbed up and loose skin and scabs off and rinse well. Now drain the tub and when empty plug it up again and now pour the jug of prepared solution over the dog. I use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution and keep pouring over the dog. I try to keep this up for 10 minutes. If you have multiple dogs with skin issues you may be able to do two at a time depending on the size of your dogs. After 10 minutes I pull the plug and let the dog drip a bit in the tub, and then I take the wet dog with bare hands and put her in a crate with no bedding. Do not towel the dog off – you want as much of the solution to stay on the dog as possible, so it can 'work'. I allow the dog to drip dry in the crate with no bedding. It helps to have the house heat ON, and a nice tasty bone or high value chewy in the crate to distract the dog for a bit. After half an hour I let the dog out and towel dry as best I can and then let them work themselves dry by running all about the house. You do NOT rinse the solution off – you let it dry completely and that is it, until the next bath.
If you have a tiny dog, if you do not wish to make up such a large quantity of solution, the single batch is as follows:
You may be able to put this into a spritzer bottle and spritz problem areas on your dog, but I find it best to tackle the entire dog with a full body treatment first, before using the spritz bottle for a spot treatment approach.
We have a Bedlington Terrier who had red bumps on her belly and scratched constantly. I tried Ted's Mange recipe and put it in a spray bottle. I sprayed her every day or twice daily for awhile and it worked. She is basically itch free. One important point: The borax is difficult to dissolve so I heat the borax in the water to dissolve and add everything else to that. You will find that the borax will solidify into chunks after a period of time and you will need to make the recipe again. Hopefully the problem will be gone by that time.
My dog threw up after trying to lick herself and ingesting the borax & peroxide mixture. I will try with vinegar and see how that works. Not sure if this is safe, so I will update on her progress. I can say that after treatment she immediately stopped scratching which is a miracle for her. She is the itchiest dog I have ever seen! I really hope this works!