Posted by J on 10/15/2007

Dear Ted, For the last 2 years my 4 pound Yorkshire Terrier Gigi, has a bad case of fungus that covered her whole underside. I have taken her to several Vets and tried everything they suggested and no lasting improvements. A month ago I tried your Mange formula. I have used it daily and only parts of the fungus would go away. She has no fur on her legs, nor underside and the itching is pitiful to watch. Could you please tell me what could have caused this? Also is her ph level a problem to contend with? Any other thing you feel I should be trying? I don't know where to go from here as I am open to any suggestions as I feel you are our last resort. Please contact me any way you choose. I appreciate your selfish love and concern for all of God's creatures - 2 and 4 legged. May you be blessed - today - tomorrow and always.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

A mange formula if it is a fungus was not exactly designed for that purpose so the solution is weak, however a mange should ideally be applied everyday, and no rinsing. A mange formula can be adapted to be a 1.5% concentration of H2O2 maximum in case the original 1% mange didn't work that well.

A baking soda 1/2 teaspoon added per liter of drinking water might help some of the pH problem and the fungus. An ammonium chloride solution 10-20%, applied to the dog may help, or an ammonium carbonate 10% solution is also anti-fungal. Those seem to be the easiest to find and safest to use for general use, however, this is not exactly a strong solution, but it works nevertheless.

A stronger solution is a 1% or 2% concentration of copper chloride applied to the dog may be more effective, and if the solution is too weak it can be increased up to 5% for topical application, wait for a couple of minutes, then rinse would be just fine, but most people prefer not to rinse it. The problem about these formula is relatively difficult to find. Hence another antifungal solution might be better using a 3% concentration of H2O2 mixed in equal parts with a plain distilled vinegar and applied to the dog. This is rather a strong one, easier to find, and is also antifungal in properties too.

A solution 10% tannic acid applied to the dog's area where it itches may also help in case other treatment were unresponsive. There is no way I can tell whether the dog has fungus, or mange or some other bacterial infection, but assuming it is a staph or bacterial infection, then a milk of magnesia no rinse is applied topically, and this should usually kill it. A dog may have a bad habit to lick this solution and may result in watery stools, hence, it should be applied in the area as needed, and if at all possible a cone placed on the dog's head to prevent them from licking the milk of magnesia (well shaken, no aluminum compounds).

As the dog gets older, the difficulty of treatment becomes more as the dog's immune system is lowered. Hence, a powdered multivitamins one tablet mixed into his food given once or twice are usually enough to help raise some of that problem. Finally if the dog's immunity is the problem (autoimmunity), where borax are unresponsive, than a lugol's solution of iodine or a colorless iodine be applied.

In my own observation all of the above remedy works fairly well with the itching and all the above remedy are antifungal in nature, with the exception of milk of magnesia, which rids the bacteria causing the problem.

Hopefully this helps!