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Ted's Dog Mange Cure - Treatment for Demodectic and Sarcoptic Mange

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Borax and Peroxide User Reviews   164  12   

Posted by Jennifer (Corpus Christi, Texas) on 07/13/2011

Mange: can I apply borax and hydrogen peroxide to my dog when her forehead is so bad that its pussy and bleading? I'm scared that the borax will burn and open wound like salt does?

Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Usa) on 07/09/2011

totos tribe; i found that my kitten was cured for months and i thought she was doing well, today i find she has more mange where i had missed her tail;this time i shaved her tail as she is very fluffy and i gave her a good dose of straight peroxide and borax, the saddest thing is she has an upper respiratory infection where it's almost impossible to treat therefore it makes her an easier opponent for any type diseases, i feel bad for her because she sleeps a lot and does not get the real quality time to be a kitten and play.

there are others using essential oils(peppermint oil--lavender oil) on their pets which is a severe case of not good for any animal it does severe damage to their liver. i'm sticking with ted's remedy because it does work well. in the past i have used mineral oil in my pets ears an haven't found any negative results as of yet. i wish you the best of luck and i do hope you don't give up on your pet. in the end the rewards are even greater. good luck ;o)

Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Usa) on 07/09/2011



Posted by Mamatrucker (Seagrove, Nc,usa) on 07/07/2011

with all the pages ive read on this site I do pray that teds remedy for mange helps my poor dogs, especially the 16yo yorkie. she has been itching, scratching, pacing the floor, crying, barking almost non stop for over a month.

ill keep yall posted as to whether it helps her and my fiest and my 4 dogs outside. wish me luck.

Replied by Bill
La, Ca
Has anybody figured out what this guy's measurements mean?!! What the F?!!! Please make the measurements understandable. This is insane. Who's figured this out?!!!
Replied by Kathyc
Sarasota, Fl
I also do not understand these instructions. Please clarify: how much peroxide to use in tablespoons/cups.....and do you add the peroxide to the borax and THEN the water? Also, doesn't the peroxide bleach the hair?

A simple recipe would be most helpful, thanks!

Replied by Middlebunny
Jersey City, New Jersey
I agree. I've had some difficulty interpreting Ted's instructions as well; however, I do eventually figure them out and can use them. It helps to read some of the other posts. People who have used Ted's remedies successfully sometimes clarify the instructions.

To the reader who questioned whether this remedy would bleach a dog's hair: I don't believe it is supposed to bleach it. A 6% H2O2 solution is typically used to bleach human hair so 3% hydrogen peroxide thinned out to a 1% solution should theoretically be fine. Despite this, I used a 1% H2O2 solution and I still had a problem. I mixed the 3% H2O2 with distilled water in a ratio of 1 part H2O2 to 2 parts H2O or 500ml H2O2 to 1000ml of H2O. To this solution, I dissolved 3 tablespoons of Borax. The day after using this on my black cocker spaniel; I noticed that his jet black hair had started to turn red (auburn). I've asked if this is supposed to happen; however, no one has responded to my post yet. I've concluded, on my own, that a 1% H2O2 (3% thinned with 2 parts of water) can still bleach pet hair while a 6% solution is necessary to bleach human hair. I deduced this because I tried spraying my own, dark brown hair, with the same solution used on my spaniel and could not see a color change on my hair. On my dog, the color change is dramatic. Clearly, reducing the 3% H2O2 to 1% by adding twice as much H2O, was insufficient to prevent the hydrogen peroxide from lightening my dog's hair. I'm now substituting the H2O2 with Apple Cider Vinegar using the same ratio: 1 part ACV to 2 parts Water. I just started this today. I hope it works without any side effects.

Replied by Trisha
Atlanta, Georgia
yes peroxide WILL change the color of the fur with regular usage. I had to use it on my cat and on the area I used it is a lighter auburnish color, she has all blavk hair, , but id rather a littlehair coloring than bugs on my baby.

Posted by Strwberynbanana (New York City, New York) on 06/30/2011

I was thrilled to find Ted's mange remedy. My pet dog has mange and I think it's sarcoptic as I was getting the itchies also. I tried the rememdy and it is working. HOWEVER, in the first part of Ted's instructions, it says to use the solution "daily. " Later it says, 1X/week. Which is it?

Also, I found that it takes a lost less Borax to form a precipitate in hot water from the tap. If I first boil the water, it takes a lot more Borax to form a precipitate. Should I not boil the water first but just use hot water from the tap?

Another thing, my dog likes to lay next to me or on me when I am in bed. I have been finding what feels like grains of sand on my skin. It's not the Borax. Could these be eggs? They are very hard and very tiny. I don't know what color they are as I have yet to see one they are so tiny.

I'd like to thank you Ted for your most innovative and helpful remedy for mange.

Replied by Phyllis
Manhattan Beach Ca
I do not understand the directions. Do you add water to the borax, peroxide solution or not? Can someone give me an exact (not metric ) formula?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Phyllis!

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.

Posted by Anni (San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico) on 06/22/2011

my 4 year old dog has demodex canis around her one eye. the vet has prescribed a months treatment of Iverkol taken orally, as well as Bovitraz solution topically around the eye for one week. Will the borax and hydrogen peroxide work in this case? can it be administered around the eye area?

Posted by Khaiye (G.m.a, Cavite, Philippines) on 06/08/2011

Hello to everyone... I've been having problems with my dog too.. Me & my husband got our pug when he was only 5 months old & we named him pogi which means handsome in English... After a month, I noticed that he have a bald spot on his back. I wasnt worried at 1st but it got worst as days goes by.. Long story short, I found out that our pug have demodectic mange. He is now 8 months old. I took him to 3 vets already and spent a fortune on medicines and his medicated dip every week. 1st week after his medicated bath, he was looking better. But after 3 weeks, his red spots came back and he starts to scratch like crazy again and its making me worry so much so I got him a dog cone & he looks miserable. His body is full of bumpy red spots like pimples. His skin turned black too. I didnt wanna see the poor dog suffer anymore & spend a fortune visiting the vet and his medicines that doesnt seem to work.

I went online to research if there is a home remedy for his mange & I came across this website and read Teds mange cure. I went out and had to find borax but couldnt find it anywhere so I just ordered online and hopefully it will be here by tomorrow. I already bought hydrogen peroxide & a measuring cup. I read positive feedbacks from people that used the solution.. & I will definitely gonna try it to my dog and have our whole house disinfected using the solution.... I will post again soon...

does anyone knows how to post before & after picture here?

Replied by Peggy
Delbarton, Wv USA
If you go to page 7 under this topic you'll see my before and after pictures of Ruff. It's been a while back but I believe I had to submit them to the owner or cantacted her first and got permission. As you can see it really helped him. The sad thing is he came back from the vets with this. I just took my mini border collie two weeks ago and he's never had one flea or chewed himself. He now has both. I so wish I'd never taken him for his shots and allowed them to put chemicals inside his little body. Rabie shots are all that's required and all he'll ever get again. That's why I'm here looking for a remedy for this. I feel so sorry for him. Good luck with your dog.
Replied by Teriinttown
Tacoma, Wa
To enhance the exterior treatment of the Mange, strengthen the dogs immune system. The best way to do this is to take your dog off dry kibble and feed them strictly raw food diet for a few months. There are some very good suppliers who deliver the food frozen. You can make your own, but strictly follow a recipe designed by a vet, because the fat and vitamin balance is critical.

When I rescued my dog.... she got a raw food diet for 4 months and it converted a sad looking dog to a well muscled gleamingly healthy dog that looks much younger than she is.

Raw food is expensive, but vet bills more so.

Replied by Judy
Lacrosse, Wi
Dear Ted, please accept my apologies for not being able to comprehend the exact formula/s. Could I ask that you would post them more plainer and no metric system involved. If you do not want to do this here, please email to me. I would be very thankful.

Secondly, is borax toxic to humans, such as your formulas here?

Respectfully, Judy

Replied by Layla
Manchester, England
Hi ted few simple questions, you mentioned that one can use vinegar to replace hydrogen peroxide 1% with the Borax treatment for mite. Do I dilute it or use it as it is , and if so how much do I need. Is it as effective as h peroxide 1%. Ps would the h peroxide not slightly bleach the hair. Also can I may be use about 1/2 a cup of borax in the bath for the kids, may be with some lavender to ease possioble irittations , or would the borax be too harsh for their skin

We were infected few times over the years. The different treatment that worked from homeopathic (it was sulfur and cant spell the other one personium or somethinglike that), triphala , and permethirine , they would not work the second time round even at one point with a 3 year gap. this time we tried more permethitrine x 7 times , chinease tea and spregal spray and I became really ill after that treatment I did use that spray a few times on me

We also tried lot of other things like neem tea tree, salt, bleach( but only on me) , some indian oil , rosmary , mint, ext they only ease , however the lavender is great at stopping the itch.

alas this time round I have a severe allergic reaction to them, I have been suffering from urticaria and odiuma (swelling of eyes, mouth )ext great and taking lots of different anti histamin with marginal success , thats all my dermotolgest gives me. by the way has it effected anybody else like that.

ps sorry for the spelling

thank you

Posted by Miranda (San Antonio, Texas!!!) on 06/05/2011

well this is the third time my dog has mange and I think he will be cured :) thanks

Posted by Maggie Mae (San Jose, Ca ) on 05/05/2011

Please help, My teacup yorkie has been suffering from mange for far too long.

I am familiar with benzolyl peroxide cream to treat sarcoptic mange and have used this successfully on my German Shepard in the past. I am reluctant however to use this on my little dog. She is only 3.5 lbs. I always want to make sure that anything I put on her body or in her body is not going to be more than her little body can tolerate. I am also familiar with food grade hydrogen peroxide and It's benifits. But 35% is way too much and I know all I need is over the counter diluted 3%. What I need to know is the portion and strength of borax to use to hydrogen peroxide. I know peroxide alone is not gonna solve this little dog's problems. So a recipe please and feedback to its effectiveness.

Replied by Deborah
Surrey, B.c.
The peroxide is one part then two parts water, so if use one cup 3% hydrogen peroxide, you use two cups of water to dilute, then tree tablespoons of borax, this treatment works, wash everything constantly in borax, I used half a cup to a load. Sprinkle carpets with half and half borax and table salt, and just leave it on carpet for a few weeks, don't let animals walk on, keep them on a tile floor, which you wash also with borax and water as a cleaner. If its really bad, talk to pharmacist about a sulfur dip, I was told it really stinks. So I tried borax treatment, in one article it says to put mineral oil in eyes, do not, it burns there eyes, just clean with eye cleaner from your vet. Don't forget to deworm, I'm using a holistic blend natural wormer, as my two dogs are on heart medications. To find out where a store near you, heres their 1-800-954-1117, I also noticed a liquid parasite remover at the superstore. Hope this helps! Will have to repeat treatment, I also put a few drops of olive oil in their ears everyday or every other day untill they stoped shaking there heads, this drowns the mites.
Replied by Jathan W
Saginaw, Tx
I think I'm confused. I rescued puppy, bottle fed her. We est her about 4 months old and now above her eye is going bald.

I mixed borax, peroxide, and water to treat mange. But I think I mixed it wrong. Is it suppose to be paste, or feel like "salt water" when I pour and rub it on her? I mixed allot so I could make sure her whole body was covered. Am I doing something wrong


Posted by Rick (Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada) on 04/03/2011

[YEA]  Hi I want to thank you for the home remedie for mange. After a year of vets and pills I came across your site and all the success other people had with your mixture. I had nothing to lose my dog was driving us crazy with his scratching and the vets didn't help and I was over$1500.00 in bills and like someone said for less than $20.00 my dog can now sleep once again. I want to thank you so much for the information it truly helped us and the dog, it brought us all back together again I am sure other people out there know what I am talking about. Thank you again and I hope other families have success with this treatment.

Replied by Rachelle
Porter Ranch, Ca
I run a dog rescue and one of our dogs have demodectic mange so bad, she is almost totally bald! I do not understand the measurements of this mixture.... What is the exact measurements and what are the ingredients?

I do not understand how often to put this mixture on the dog.

I also do not understand if you just leave this mixture and week after week for the one to two months that you do this treatment.

Please help! I want to start her on this ASAP

Posted by Monica (Luray, Va) on 02/27/2011

I would like to thank Ted for his mange cure remedy. It really helped our Cairn Terrier. He had it so bad and now he is no longer bald and bloody. It took a month of the soaking and was so worth it. Right after the first soak I could see the difference. He has a couple hot spots and I spray them with the solution as needed. I have before and after photos if you would like to see them. Thank you so much for helping the suffering animals!!!!!!
Sincerely, Monica

Replied by Gracie
Los Angeles, Ca
I agree with Jennifer from Denville, New Jersey (she posted on 12/12/2011). I have a 15 month old pug that began battling demodectic mange when she was 4 months old. It began on her face, as almost all demodectic mange does because their face connects to their mom to feed after they're born. Demodectic mange is passed on by the mother to her puppies. All dogs have these mites on their bodies. A healthy, strong immune system keeps these mites under control. It's when the dog's immune system is weak that the outbreak occurs. You'll mostly see demodectic mange on puppies and old dogs, since puppies are just starting to build up their immune systems, and old dogs are becoming weaker due to a long life of eating processed kibble and cooked canned dog food with all the added preservatives and chemicals.

Focusing on improving the dog's health so that their immune system can control the mites is, in my opinion, the best route to take rather than putting toxic chemicals onto their skin and making their already weak immune system even weaker. You can help improve their immune system by changing their diet to a raw diet. This is the diet they were naturally designed to eat in the wild. Every species on this planet is designed to eat a specific diet. Man's best friend is dying from some of the same diseases humans get now-a-days because they are eating the same processed toxic type of food. Stop eating processed food for a week and eat fresh fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds and you will see how your health will improve. Keep doing it a while longer and a lot of your illnesses will dissappear. Being sick is an allergic reaction to toxins in our bodies. Simply change your diet and you can get rid of disease. Such a simple solution and yet people won't believe it. Some people put their faith in pharmaceudical drugs and toxic skin applications that only cause future side affects and often worsen the situation. Ever heard of a diabetic that was cured from taking medication all their lives? I've only known ones that have gotten worse.

Go back to what nature intended for us to eat. Unprocess, uncooked, unmodified food. Change your dog's diet to a raw diet and then just be patient while their bodies begin to detox all the so-called food and toxic medication they have been on. After they detox, their immune system will begin to strenghthen and sooner or later the demodectic mange will be under control by the miracle work of a strong immune system. It could take months and even up to a year or so, so be patient. In the mean-time, keep your dog happy, as stress is known to be a contributor to mite outbreaks. Let your dog get some sun everyday and avoid processed treats, yeast, grains, fruits and toxic dips/medication.

Posted by Happieme (Makati, Philippines) on 02/25/2011

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  I tried Ted's remedies on my black labrador. I can see improvement on his skin, however I noticed that his fur faded and is now a bit chocolate brown :(

Posted by Dallas (Amesbury, Ma, Usa) on 02/10/2011

[YEA]  This is a bit late in coming, but I want to thank everyone responsible for Earth Clinic, esp. Ted. EC is the first place I go when I, my family, or my pets have a health problem. One problem in specific was (note: past tense) our dog's mange. I had thought she had allergies and tried everything I could think of to cure her itch. Then, as more and more hair fell out, I noticed that not only her face, but 2/3 of her body was covered with red bumps and her hair was very sparse.

In desperation, I tried Ted's mange remedy. It stopped her itching. She was severe, and every two days or so, the itching came back so I filled a spray bottle and sprayed her - rubbing it into her skin. I bathed her once/week with the peroxide/borax solution at first and tapered off as she got better. I also gave her zinc - about 25 mg/day and tapered off after a week. It took perseverance but she eventually healed and it was so good to have the itch gone so quickly. I have health problems myself and did not have the energy to go looking for mange nests. I tapered to giving her zinc once/week and that seems to be taking care of it - keeping her immunity up. I do know that if I forget the zinc for too long, I will see the mange creeping back. As soon as I see it coming, I get right back on it.

Thanks so much Ted and others for this fantastic remedy. The key to success is persistance.

Posted by Nyckl64 (Jasper, Tx) on 12/26/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have a 9 yo Belgian Malanois a 5 yo Pitt a 2 yo *kamut* a 1 1/2 yo Pitt and a 2 yo chiapin... The Malanois, 5 yo Pitt n kamut all have what I believe to be the mange.. And wouldn't you know it, our vet we always used died 3 weeks ago.. Breaks my heart, he seems to be the only vet here that's not just in it for the money, as he never charged for office visits, just for what he did or needed to be done... He will be missed.

So today we started the regimen of Teds remedy, within the time of them being bathed and soaked with the *JUICE*... Lol.. All were laying and sleeping and not one scratching, so it evedently helps with the itch, thank you Lord... I know they r misserable, so I will be doing this regularly and I will let you know the results, but for some reason, I have faith in this... *all my girls r fixed, both pitts n kamut, I truly believe in being responsible, I will keep believing this Until They All Have A Home, don't breed, rescue!!! ... East Texas thanks, Penny//aka//Nana//Nyckl

Replied by Michael
Wooster, Ohio
I have read a few of the posts, and feel that many of the problems could be cured by using Diatomaceous Earth.

I found this site today while looking into solutions for myself and others, but find that it works for our pets too. Even kills bugs of all sorts... Will be getting a large bag. The S/H is more than the product cost.

Posted by Ann (Carrollton, Ms) on 12/10/2010

I have a dog that has chronic ear mites. Will the borax soultion work as drops in her ears to cure this type mite as well? I have used meds from my vet for several years with no positive results they just keep reoccuring. Thanks for any help.

Replied by Firecentaurr
Foxton, North Island, New Zealand
Sorry, I've tried seeking my own answers about using sodium Tetraborate Pentahydrate instead of 'Sodium Perborate, ' and after googling and reading various information on 'pentrahydrate' I have to admit defeat and come back here to ask you (Ted) or anyone who wouldn't mind answering. Is it okay to use Borax Pentahydrate (sodium Tetraborate pentahydrate)?

When googling the pentahydrate stuff, there were lots of recommendations for use against fleas and killing cockroaches. Surely it could also be use against mange mites?
I've come across this info: tetraborate pentahydrate.pdf

So reading a small summary about 'Single dose toxicity testing' indicates that sodium tetraborate pentahydrate is moderately toxic to mammals but low in toxicity to birds, bees, fish, and other aquatic organisms.... I dare say my heavy breed dogs should be okay if they're not dip in Borax/Hydrogen peroxide every week for the rest of their lives and that a few weeks of Borax treatment should be okay. I've no clue with compounds as such but could someone please allay my fears about using Sodium Tetraborate Pentahydrate (with hydrogen Peroxide)instead of Sodium Perborate as I'm anxious not poison my dogs and keen to relieves both my dogs from maddening 'mind boggling' itchings.... The dreadful red mange! :/

Replied by Diana
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
I dont know about the treatment you are referring to.. But for any kind of mite.. Use food grade diotamaceous earth.. Just dust them down with it. Make sure you buy the food grade stuff as they will lick themselves and ingest it. The others are not fit for consumption. I buy mine from They have various sizes to choose from. You can also dust your cats wet food with it to get rid of internal parasites! Hope this helps you :0)
Replied by Kelly
Catawissa, Mo, Usa
I use this borax/peroxide treament on my less than 5lb pomeranian and have seen her get sick from Frontline but never this. The borax I use in a bath w/ Teds directions once a week and the Diamataceous earth I dust her w/ on the other day to gid of a mite infestation I caught also and for flea prevention at this time. Both are safe. I use the Borax on yself, as I have a low immune system w/ several diseases, thus caught the mites and have my entire body scarred up, bc mosy dermatologists do not believe that humans can catch demodex mange from dogs. Well, after a year and a half and my entire body itching, scarred and infected, I have finally started using this site, plus borax solution, diamateceous earth, and vingar rinses that I leave in plus the drs. Antibiotics and am finally getting better!
Replied by Nancey
Columbus, Ohio
I have 2 lab's that has sarcoptic mange, and ear mites. I had been treating them for (fleas) and I thought the old dog was just getting old losing hair around her ears. The dogs have full run of the house. I am going to try Ted's remedy on them. BUT I have a yorkie with 5 day old pups and she also has full run of the house. Will this kill my puppies or make them sick??? and one of the labs cannot be put in a cage or room by herself she will go nut's (rescued dog )

And thank you to all on here on how to do the rest of the house.

Replied by Cole
Cali, Colombia
I use olive oil and mix in a little sulfur, yes sulfur. It works and won't harm the pet and hair grows back quite quickly.

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