Some time ago, I posted on demodectic mange and mentioned that the treatment when I graduated in 1978 consisted of daily dipping with a stinky, poisonous insecticide. Today I found some in a cabinet. I guess I hadn’t really forgotten it was there (though the expiration date is 1986). It’s one of those things that you quit using because something better comes along, and then it just sits there. It’s too good to throw away, not to mention too toxic. On the other hand, you’re not using it for anything, either. So it just sits there.
Ectoral was Pittman Moore’s tradename for Ronnel, a potent organophosphate insecticide. We just don’t use stuff like that much anymore, as we have safer and more effective alternatives. It does stink, too. When we used it to treat demodex cases, you diluted it with propylene glycol, which helped it penetrate the hair follicles to kill the mites. The whole building would stink for hours when you mixed up a bottle under the vent hood. That was "Scott’s Solution of Ectoral", and it was the state of the art. It was so toxic that you could only dip a third of the dog at a time, but it worked so poorly that you had to dip them daily. Monday, you’d sponge the dog’s head and front legs; Tuesday, the trunk; Wednesday, the hindquarters; Thursday, start over. Continue for months.
It was dismal. Not very many dogs got cured, though some might have if it hadn’t been so nasty. A lot of people gave up early in the treatment because it was so unpleasant.
The upside of being a geezer is that you can really appreciate how much better things are now, as in "these are the good old days". The downside is that I have really got to clean out those cabinets.