Ted's Dog Mange Cure (Most Popular)
DO NOT CONFUSE BORAX WITH BORIC ACID!
DO NOT USE BORIC ACID IN PLACE OF BORAX!
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand writes, "The best cure for dog mange is to mix a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution with water and add borax. Dissolve thoroughly. Wash the dog with it once a week. Do NOT WASH THE solution left on the dog with ANY WATER. Do not wipe the dog dry. The solution will take effect on mange. The treatment period should not be longer than a month or two. The dog will probably not be resistant as the treatment is painless. This has worked well for me."
More Exact Measurements (excerpted from various emails on our Reader Question & Answer Section)
Ted replies, "A definitive recipe is add 1-2 tablespoon of borax per 500 cc of 1% hydrogen peroxide solution. To make a 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1%, roughly get one part of 3% H2O2 plus two parts of water. Then apply them on the dog. Wash with this solution daily, no rinsing. If it doesn't go away, I have found mites, or mange to have a large "beehive" hidden somewhere. In which case, quarantine the dog in a small area that is 100% sterile."
"Approximate measurements are 1 bottle of 500 of 3% H2O2, plus 1000 of the cc of water, plus heaping 3 tablespoons of borax. Stir until most of borax is dissolved. The borax is past the point of saturation here so you will see some borax around. Technically the concentration is around 1.5% H2O2, and this is a bit stronger because by the time we finish with it, the H2O2 gets reacted with other things, and by the time we used it is is usually ends up near a 1% solution anyway."
"You need to get put as much borax until it no longer dissolves in a pail of water and forms a precipitate. This is a saturated solution of borax. Add H2O2 to about 1% concentration to a pail of water. Soak the entire dog, several times. Keep the dog wet for some time. The borax will destroy the eggs from laying under the skin which causes the mange. Get some solution and spray or use this to wipe all floors so the dog will not get re infected. Repeat this every week when bathing. This is not a perfect cure, but it my dog now no longer have mange. My dog was completely cured. You can try other chemicals such as sodium perborate, which is more convenient since you don't need to add the hydrogen peroxide."
"The solution (borax or preferably sodium perborate) is to be applied AFTER the shampooing and rinsing. The sodium perborate should remain on the dog after the bath. You will not rinse this at all. It must remain on the dog throughout the day so that it will act continuously on the bugs."
"However, I do recommend a less toxic form of borax, which is sodium perborate if you can find one. The secret is that borax (plus hydrogen peroxide) will work better then most other remedies I have tried, this includes mineral oil, neem oil (no, neem oil does not kill the mange as effectively as sodium perborate) I have tried it. In my "mange colonies" and commercial brands to kill insects don't work. Hydrogen peroxide DOES NOT KILL mange, I USED IT SIMPLY USED IT AS A CATALYST for ordinary borax in case you cannot obtain sodium perborate. Mineral oils simply prevent oxygen from reaching mange, but that didn't stop it. I have tried naphta, bentonite clays, DMSO, potassium permanganate, light fluid, etc. They all worked temporarily, and it just came back. I must make a strong statement that the formula (borax+h2o2 or sodium perborate) works bests and it is broad spectrum. You can use it to control mange, mites, fleas, and lyme disease (initiated by those crawly insects). I have actually compared side to side with neem oil, mineral oil, apple cider vinegar and others here in Bangkok and this is the most wide spectrum cure I have found. Borax prevents denaturation of DNA/RNA in dogs and I currently use this as life extension for dogs. For example a ribose sugar, deoxyribose sugar, and various sugar that causes accelerated aging in dogs can be slowed down with supplementation of dogs indirectly when you do the borax wash. "
"Prepare peroxide 1% solution, add 2-3 tablespoon of borax to that cup. Stir and wait for a couple of minutes for the borax to dissolve. The formula doesn't require an exact science. The importance is to add enough borax until the solution is no longer soluble and well past saturation."
"...The reason why it is not working is YOU CANNOT RINSE THE DOG OF borax and peroxide solution with any shampoo or water. After bathing the dog, keep the dog that way, no drying no rinsing. This is why the dog has not improved. Also BORAX is added DIRECTLY to the 1% hydrogen peroxide solution and no water is added separately, otherwise the solution is too weak."
7/12/2006: "I have reviewed all the dog's mange treatments both by my own tests and by many contributors. It appears that many people have trouble obtaining materials, such as sodium perborate hydrate, so I revised the remedy to hydrogen peroxide plus borax solution applied only once or so every week. The solution of sodium perborate hydrate is very much similar when borax and hydrogen peroxide is added. Some have either substituted hydrogen peroxide with benzoyl peroxide.
The problem about benzoyl peroxide is the upper limit by which you can use it without effect the dog as it is somewhat more toxic if given beyond a 10% concentration. 5% is usually a safe concentration. Benzoyl peroxide because of its toxicity is somewhat of an insecticide, while hydrogen peroxide is not, what it is in the original formulation is that it is a penetrant allowing the borax to go through the skin. Now some did not like hydrogen peroxide due to its limited supplies, so they make use of apple cider vinegar. For me a regular vinegar will do. Both a vinegar and hydrogen peroxide has two similarities. It is both a penetrant and when added with a safe insecticidal material such as borax, which has an toxicity on LD 50 equivalent to that of salt, this is the preferred method. However, one should not use boric acid since there are reported deaths associated with boric acid but not borax.
Boric acid is not recommended for use as it is much more toxic than borax. Borax's toxicity is about 3000 mg/kg, which is the equivalent toxicity to about that of salt. (check wikipedia). The idea is to make a solution of borax so that the solution can cover the entire body and penetrate through the skin of the dog to kill the demodex mites, for example. To use a spot treatment by pure powder will take an infinitely long time as it does not get to it through the dog's skin.
In some cases, people have tried neem oil, mineral oil. Both of these have similar effectiveness, but in different ways. Neem oil prevents the Demodex fleas from laying eggs by modifying their hormones, while mineral oils are moderately toxic only to the demodex eggs, not necessarily killing them. However, both are very limited based on my tests in really killing the insect. You see borax will both kill the eggs, modifying the hormones and their eggs by drying them all at once. The weakness of borax is limited solubility and limited penetration of the skin which you need either vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, benzoyl peroxide (toxic), MSM or DMSO solution. Ideally 10% DMSO should be preferred.
Pine Sol has limited insecticidal effectiveness, being a contact insecticidal, and does not provide lasting killing power once it has evaporated and does not kill living fleas, but it does kill their eggs somewhat. Only a fairly concentrated solution works and it does not prevent re-laying of stray eggs by the dog. In other words, the use of neem oil, mineral oil, benzoyl peroxide, and vaseline will not prevent the recurring of mange since eggs are not just on the dog, but can be anywhere in the house. Therefore re-infection is at issue. The one magic that borax has over its neighbors is that the borax powder that the dogs leaves in the house will kill the eggs even after the dogs no longer has mange and re-infection is therefore next to impossible. However, borax has limited effect on killing the larger mites and fleas, but not mange.
I found that adding 1/8 teaspoon per liter of water of borax added to the dog's water will cause the larger fleas to dry up and die at the same time. My dog for some reason likes to eat something like more than 1 gram of the sodium perborate crystals whenever he feels sick and the fleas just die off. The borax modifies the dog's blood and kills the mange inside out. This is why borax, i.e., sodium perborate, is required for mange, but not anything else due to preventive re-infection of the mange by the powder of the borax that destroys the eggs where the dog sleeps and where it walks around throughout the house.
VASELINE: The problem about using vaseline as an insecticide is that it has limited killing of eggs, but its weakness is that it is not a penetrant, and therefore the frequency of applications will take at least once every other day. Additionally, the hair of the dog will prevent proper application.
Some have went so far as to not use a solution of borax with hydrogen peroxide as a rinse then followed likely, perhaps a borax powder after bath. On the argument of being effective only as a spot treatment. Since dogs do not have sweat glands, not using a rinse will prevent the borax from absorbing into the skin to kill the mange under its skin. So this is not going to work. You need both borax as an insecticide, the water as the solution which to spread it to the skin surface, and a reliable penetrant to get it through the skin, such as vinegar, msm, DMSO, or even hydrogen peroxide. A benzoyl peroxide is both a penetrant and insecticide, but at higher concentration is somewhat toxic for dogs and as a result you are pretty much limited by the maximum concentration not to exceed beyond 5% being a preferred safety. I would prefer to limit myself at 3%.
I therefore suggest, not to get you lost in the woods, is that whatever formulation you use, always stick with borax and borax derivatives, such as sodium perborate monohydrate being the main insecticidal chemicals for the dog.
Pyrethrum is o.k. but in very low concentration of about 0.1% - 0.2% to prevent skin irritation for the dogs near the skin infection areas. The second mix you need is always the penetrant and the third formulation is appropriate dilutions in water. To provide lasting killing effect, non of these chemicals should generally be non-volatile insecticidal mixtures, which unfortunately most recommended are, with exception of perhaps borax and bentonite. Bentonite causes eggs to dry, so they can be used also, but they have no insecticidal mixture as borax and borax can performs both killing the insect, modifying the hormones to prevent egg laying, becomes a stomach poison for the insect, and at the same time causes their eggs to dry up.
I therefore will remain very flexible about what penetrants you use including hydrogen peroxide, benzoyl peroxide (limited concentration), and vinegar. It must be noted that when formulating any mange it must be noted that they must be non-volatile and the chemicals should cause microscopic residues around the house so that re infection of mange is prevented, including mites and fleas.
I think this wraps up the basic theory and application of mange treatment, and hopefully other people will make a more effective formulations in the future at least equal or better than the original formula I have proposed. Just want to tell you that there are many ways you can treat mange, but the issue is one of toxicity, re infection, toxic levels, which portion kills it and how, and which is the penetrant which is the key to it all. Penetrant is important, the chemical must reach the target demodex under the skin. Usually hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, DMSO, and MSM will do that. It must be reminded again that borax, to work most effectively, is to prepare a solution without washing it off, followed by a small amount of borax powder to be applied if you wish. Any other application other than this such as using as purely powder form is NOT going to work.
08/03/2009: Pitprince215 from Jersey City, Nj: "I put the Borax and Peroxide on my puppy, well, dog Prince for the first time tonight... Took the exact steps...and he's here shivering..Could this be burning/hurting him because of the bites? or could he just be nervous? he usually acts like this when he's scared..Im not sure...and how long down this treatment take to actually work?"Replies
08/04/2009: Charlotte from Cambridge, Ma replies: "It could be that he is shivering from the cold. My elderly dog shivers for hours after I give him a bath. I imagine it would be the same or worse for a puppy. Put him in a warm room!"
07/31/2009: Cynder from Austin, Tx: "Hi...I have been reading through Ted's Mange remedy and am anxious to try it. I have a 1 yr old english mastiff that has horrible scratching. He hindquarters are almost bald and the skin underneather is black and leathery/crusty looking. I was interested in a post I read on your site, to make sure this is correct. He is a big baby, he is 120 lbs.Thanks in advance and here is what I copied and pasted, if you can answer.
One cup hydrogen peroxide to 9 teaspoons of Borax powder (didn't have a tablespoon, so assuming 9 teaspoons is 3 table spoons. After settling I add 4 cups of warm water. Pour on the dog and let her drip dry. .... this twice a day"
08/30/2009: Careana from Malone, New York replies: "Cynder you have to mix the water and peroxide together first and then the borax other wise the solution is to weak. so that's one cup hydrogen peroxide and two cups water first and then the 9 teaspoons of borax put in last. let the borax dissolve and then pour it on and let air dry.GOOD LUCK =)"
12/09/2009: Peggy from Delbarton, Wv Usa replies: "No, mix the borax with the straight peroxide first or the borax will not dissolve..then add the warm water. Some may still be there but not as much as if you do it the other way. I have pictures posted of Ruff before and after using this solution. It is harmless, they do not inject enough to harm them..and do not towel dry or rinse off the solution after wards. Just let them drain in the tub some and keep them warm."
07/26/2009: Robyn from Landsborough, Queensland: "Hi, I found the info on Red's treatment of Mange in Dogs. Can you please advise what the exact receipe is? I mixed up a dose yesterday but obviously had too much peroxide in as my dog cried when I put it on. If you can let me know how much peroxide & borax to add to approx 1 litre of water that would save us both a lot of stress. Your assistance is appreciated.
EC: A # of readers have already given exact dosages in their feedback!
07/23/2009: Alicia from Trieste, Italy: "Ted, my dog has been having Ivermectin injections over the course of a few months with no results! I'm trying the hydrogen peroxide and borax, but you mentioned in one place soaking the dog each day and in another place, only once a week - can you please tell me which is correct? Is vinegar as good as the hydrogen peroxide?
Also, you mention that the mites ususally establish a "beehive" somewhere - would that be somewhere in the house, or on the dog? I have been trying to disinfect the house, - not easy as it's large, and I have lots of carpets too. Will a hot steam spray kill the mites? I have a hot steam cleaner which I 'm thinking of using.
Thanks for this site and your invaluable help to everyone!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/22/2009: Ella from Madison, Wisconsin: "My dog is a chowchow/golden retriever mix and has had mange since october 2008. His age is about 7 years old. We found this site in January 2009 we started the peroxide and borox treatment once a week for only one month and he started to grow his fur back on his belly and back. But now he has severe dandruff and is acting differently. He doesn't seem interested in anything anymore. All he wan't to do is sleep and does not want to play or walk. Is this a common side affect after mange? About one week ago like on july 15 or 16, his fur started to come our quite a bit. We don't know if the mange has returned or not. How do we get him playful and excited like he used to be? Please help because I feel so sorry for him."Replies
08/09/2009: Josh from Beaumont, California replies: "Hi, not sure if you have figured out your mange problem. I was reading on Dermodex and found there are 4 types of mange. One of them was described as dandruff looking and very hard to control and also causes loss of appitite, lethargic attitudes and sleepyness. It recomends vet treatment for that type. I forget what it is called tho. Good luck hope all is well."
07/15/2009: Jackie from Chicago, IL: "My son brought home (2008) Butters a Bulldog/Pit bull mix which has mange. I brought him in for shot every 2 weeks which the Vet used Ivermectin costing $60 every shot. This worked for a while but when it did not the vet wanted me to give him the same amount orally daily for a year. I was very afraid because the label on the box says it is for swine and cattle not dogs. Butters was very drugged so I stopped. I was to the point I was afraid to use anything until I saw this site and I tried it today. I hope it works; I will keep you up to date. 7/15/09"Replies
09/23/2009: Stephan Toth from London, United Kingdom replies: "Hi, the mange cure system I presented previously is really good, however,observing my long haired GSD Jaimie has caused me to do a very slight revision to the original system.
Everything should be done exactly as described in my previous feedback except for the treatment frequency. I believe that the mites are maturing every day and therefore laying new eggs every day and it follows that in this case the treatment on the animal would be best done every day. Obviously for heavily encrusted areas of mange (which in humans would be termed Norwegen Scabies) I think it would be better to do an aditional localised application every 12 hours.
So that will be a full treatment every day and a localised treatment twelve hours later.
You can look at mange in this way. your animal is like a country and mites happily lives sparcely over it with no problems to the animal. The crusted mange is similar to the mites deciding to build cities and party on your animal. This is when it becomes a big problem and very sore. Breaking down these cities is a big job and going to take time and patience and of course a lot of effort.
In really bad cases the crusted mange must be very gently scraped away to reveal the sore skin before treatment. Make sure you catch the scrapings in a piece of tisue and dispose of it carefully as it is highly contagious. (I think ted referes to these crust as beehives.)
07/13/2009: Pamela from Dayton, Ohio: "I have a Scottie who was rescued from a puppy mill. She has lost all of her fur and scratches like crazy. I took her to the vet and they put her on Prednisone and Cephalexin. It seemed to work for a short time, her skin seemed less itchy and there were black stubbles of hair but then when the medication was gone it started all over again. So today I tried the Borax and peroxide mixture and I sure hope it works. I'm also going to put her on high protein food to boost her imune system. I'm willing to try almost anything to help her, since I can't afford vet bills. I'll let you know how she progresses!"
[YEA] 07/06/2009: nofunhun from Avondale, AZ, USA: "My dog had parvo so we took him to the vet, and due to cost decided to treat him at home per the vets instructions as I couldn't find any treatment that was a sure thing online. He SURVIVED, only to get mange. I had already maxed my charge card out, and am unemployed and extremely frustrated. I called the vet to see if there was anything I could use at home to treat it and was told NO, I would have to bring him in. So got online again and found Ted's borax and peroxide treatment. IT WORKED! My dog has grown back all of his hair. I used about 2 tablespoons of peroxide to 1/2 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of the borax every 3 days (when he'd start smelling bad) for 3 washes, meaning he got 3 baths in 9 days. Now, he still gets smelly within about a day using regular deodorizing doggy shampoo, so I think I'll go back to a borax solution! THANK YOU TED, so much for helping me keep my dogs and my kids happy during a very rough time."
07/05/2009: Cheech from Elyria, Ohio: "My dog a welsh corgi had mange after many different treatments and shots, prednoise that nearly killed her (it made the mites go nuts, lowered her imunity even more so she could not fight them at all) got severe loose stools that became bloody. Finally my vet scrapped her and mites! Was on Ivermectin for 4 months and was gone, a beautiful hairy coat again. They returned one year later when we went to stay in the same house again, this time I cought them, back on the ivermectin again. This drug is toxic to her but had no choice or so I thought. Now after over another year we had her cared for by my son in the same house and she came home with red large bite areas on her belly scratching and the same smell. I used the borax/peroxide treatment descrided here and we will see how it works. Already she is not scratching and the red bites are less red today after a late night bath in borax and got 5 ml of apple cider vinger as well. She hates the acv but I will try anything to keep her off the ivermictin to protect her liver. I will give an update later on. I hear alot of vets say give flea treatments like once a month programs to build up they fight. They have never worked for me or any of my sisters dogs. Heres hoping!!
07/04/2009: Michelle from Elverson, Pennsylvania: "Hi, I have a 5 1/2 month old shep/rottie mix who at 4 months developed a severe case of demodectic mange. Jake had severe hair loss on the top of this head and legs. I took him to the vet , who prescribed an antibiotic and liquid ivermectin. She said he would have to be on it for a year! After a week there was no improvment and I came across this web site. I began to bathe Jake with the borax solution/treatment and I saw hair growth and improvement after the second treatment. I now bathe him weekly. I cant wait to bring him to the vet for his next set of vaccinations to let them know/see the sucess of this treatment. Thankyou! ( I used 4 cups of warm water, 2 cups of H202 and 4 tbsp of borax. He is approximately 45 pounds.)"
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 07/02/2009: Judy from Roby, Texas: "How long does Mange live in the yard?
I have been using the Hydrogen Peroxide/Borax cure for a month now. My dog initially began to improve. But it is beginning to seem like a losing battle. He looks almost as bad as he did before. I sprayed the whole yard with the solution, especially his sleeping places. He must be getting reinfected from the yard. Will Malathion 55% applied at 1 or 2 tsp. per gallon sprayed in the yard, be able to kill the mites? I know I should keep my dog out of the yard for at least 3 days after spraying. He originally got the mites when we put him in the yard. My neighbor informed me that the people who lived here before us had 2 dogs who died from Mange. I am assuming it is in the dirt. We cut down the weeds, but my dog actually got worse after cutting them down. How long do these mites live in the dirt? How can I kill them? Do the mites live longer in dry dirt rather than wet (or grass)? I can't bring the dog into the house, my landlord insisted that the dog not be allowed inside the house. I am wishing I could give my dog away - to save his life."
[YEA] 06/29/2009: Mike from Noveleta., Cavite, Phillipines: "After taking my dog to 3 different Vets over a period of 1 and 1/2 years, I found this web site. Looked all over the place for Borax...even SM stores don't have it. Finally founds some in a billiards supply store. P700 for 1/2 kilo.
I mixed 1 cup peroxide 2 cups water 2 tablespoons borax and soaked up my dog and just let her air dry. I do this once a week and on a daily basis make a small amount of paste just using the borax and peroxide to put on her stubborn spots. It's been 3 weeks since I started this and she's almost back to complete recovery. Thank you so much!"
06/24/2009: Lisa from Princeton, IL: "I have a rott puppy. I recently have found out that the whole litter had mange. My friend is taking her puppy to the vet for a 6 week series of shots. I have started the Borax mixture. My friend talked to the vet and they said the Borax mixture will NOT work. We both said yea it figures they would say that because it is a home remedy. My puppy's sores look as if they are getting worse. Is this normal? I bathed her on Monday and again today (wednesday). How many more times do I have to do this before I see improvement? My husband just says she isn't getting better and that I should take her to the vet. Please offer advice."Replies
05/03/2012: Alicia from Corpus Christi, Texas replies: "Did your dog ever get better? I have a 1 and 4 monts german sheperd mix and he has had demodex mange since he was about 5 months. I have tried several treatments from vet dips, to ivermectin and he gets it back. When I use Teds remedy it seems like the sores get worse, with puss and everything. Could he be having a reaction against the remedy?"
06/23/2009: Sooz from Dunlap, Tn: "I have used the formula for three days now on what my neighbors tell me is red mange. The stray pup is 13 weeks old, white and had not lost hair, but had tiny red spots all over belly which I thought was a reaction to fleas at first. As the days went on she started scratching like crazy I felt so bad for her but could not afford a vet so I found this page and started it immediately. Also gave her benydrl ever 4 hours to help with the itch. This is the third day, the first day itched still, then day 2 almost a day with out much itching, today she is still quit red all over. Is this normal I wonder. I see people here saying the redness went a way by the second day, so I am worried this might now be working and I might be harming the dog.
I think If I could do something to help with the redness and itching she would heal faster. Is there anything that helps more with the itch itself.
Here is how I use the forumla, hopefully I am doing it right:
One cup hydrogen peroxide to 9 teaspoons of Borax powder (didn't have a tablespoon, so assuming 9 teaspoons is 3 table spoons. After settling I add 4 cups of warm water. Pour on the dog and let her drip dry. I am doing this twice a day.
Sadly I made the mistake of allowing this puppy to play with my two chihuhuas for almost 2 weeks after I brought the pup home. I should have known better. I now have them seperated, but the two chihuahuas are now itching, though not consistently like the pup. I have dipped them too, and started dipping all of them 3 days ago.
1. Is 2 times a day initially too much? And if not how long should i do this twice a day? It's not clear in the instructions.
2. Is there something that I can put on her to help with the itching. I heard others talk about vegatable oil, but don't want to prevent the formula from working.
3. HOw long should I expect to see the over all redness?
4. I have no access to Organic ACV, will store bought do the same? And how much do I add to the formula. I know that supermarket ACV cures blisters on my own feet, and though it dries them out a bit it works wonders.
I'm very grateful to you fred for sharing your remedy with all of us. i have read every post in this forum, just need some clarification that I am doing it correctly, and a couple of side question..
Thank you in advance."
07/12/2009: Zuzana from Gold Coast, Australia replies: "Just reading your post and according to Ted's orginal instructions for the cure, you must mix the hydrogen peroxide with the water first, THEN add the borax. I am no chemic, but Ted mentions that if you do it the other way around (ie: add the borax and peroxide together, then add water) the solution is too weak to work. Hope that helps"
06/17/2009: Danielle DeVoe from Bay Shore, NY, USA: "I have an 11 mo old bulldog that has "allergies and yeast" I was at the pet food store and ran into a woman who had a 7 mo old bully. She said hers had mites that were causing bumps and hair loss and red spots...same as mine. I went onto the internet to review what mites were, OMG...I HATE BUGS of any kind. Anyway I wanted a home remedy as opposed to the meds/dips which from everything I read don't work and are toxic. Found this solution and tried it last night. Is it possible for it to start to work immediately? He looks so much better. Can I treat his ears with this solution on a cotton ball? I remembered it wrong though so now I am a little worried I used 1 cup of Peroxide, 2 cups of water and 8 tablespoons of 20 Mule Team Borax. I washed him with Head and Shoulders Shampoo (Breeder recommended) and Sponged the solution on his head and under his tail and underside and poured the remainder on his back. We have him on front line which I thought worked on these creatures but now I am doing this. I also have a ShiTzu and Boston/Frenchie Mix. Do they need to be treated (no signs at all)?"