Borax for Pets: Effective Skin Solutions & Arthritis Relief

| Modified on May 21, 2023
Borax Feedback
Posted by Lisa (Windsor, Canada) on 03/11/2015

You say borax is safe for dogs but everything I am reading on the internet says it very toxic and should seek a vet if ingested. I need a cure for yeast in a 4 year old chocolate lab but I'm afraid to use your suggested rinses of borax. Borax in the drinking water???? Am I missing something or is there a different borax than what is at the grocery store used for cleaning?

Arthritis, Fluoride Poisoning
Posted by Jim (Sherman, Tx) on 02/07/2018
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I have a 10 yr old boxer. I put a very small amount of borax in "our" bottled drinking water (He got sick from tap water $177 vet bill). Cheaper to give him bottled water. After 3 months he and I are doing better. So there you have it from two old bachelors. Parts are starting to work better. We don't look at the stairs and then look at each other, we just climb them.

Borax Feedback
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/12/2015

Hey Lisa!

You are definitely missing something :-)

Borax has the same toxicity as table salt; take in too much table salt and you will get very sick. Same with water; drinking too much water *will* kill you.

If your dog ingests borax by licking it off it's coat, if it gets *too much* it might get diarrhea. 1/4 teaspoon borax in the drinking water - a common dose for humans and pets alike - may cause stomach upset if you take it all in one go in 8 ounces of water, but in a liter of water taken by a sip here or there throughout the day generally poses no upset.

I use borax both in my laundry - and orally and externally for me and my pets and all with good result.

Severe Skin Allergies
Posted by (Wheatfield, In) on 07/20/2018
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Borax Demodectic Mange Remedy for Skin Allergies

Any fears I had about Borax injuring my dog are eliminated after using this miracle treatment!

My 4.5 yr old Old English Sheepdog, Bentley, had been cranky and full of itchy skin since we got him at 9wks old. He's had multiple vet visits, being prescribed antibiotics and antibiotic ointment, and skin scrapings with no relief. His resting respirations would be very rapid and he was very aggressive and annoyed. He hated me grooming him and would require a muzzle, though I tried to be easy, any brush stroke or clipper pass would be uncomfortable for him. I had heard BORAX was bad for you and didn't want to further injure my dog, BUT THIS SOLUTION HAS CHANGED HIM!

He now after 2 treatments has a slower resting respiration rate (not laying in constant torture of being bit all the time, totally brushable fur—with a fine tooth comb—without a muzzle (never been done before- OBVIOUS SKIN HEALING! )

I'm sorry it took so long to find this remedy for my poor miserable doggy!

Borax Feedback
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 03/11/2015

Hello Lisa --- google Walter Last

I needed education years ago. That was when I visited EC for the first time. This link has a few more pages of valuable info. Not what is in the media or gov't or what doctors tell you. You are lucky to get to know the truth.

Namaste, Om

Borax Dosage
Posted by Sharec (Texas) on 05/22/2016
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I have used Borax in my RO water at a rate if 1/8 teaspoon per gallon and also add a pinch of grey salt. In my entire immediate family, there are 19 canines and 5 cats. All of them have been drinking this water for 21 months and we have not had any issues.

In fact, our older dogs seem to move less painfully. Hope this helps :)

Posted by Mike (Virigina) on 07/02/2017
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I have been using borax for years to fight fleas on our pets. My wife and I use it all the time. We even started a webiste about 5 years ago, to help others.

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Posted by Jb (Atlanta) on 05/31/2015
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Be careful of dosage. Dosing a German Shepherd vs a Yorkie is different. Start at lower dosage.

Also, NEVER confuse or use Boric Acid instead of Borax. Two completely different products. Boric acid is toxic.

Do your research!

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Posted by Diamond (Ma.) on 07/06/2016 Here is a web site I use and is very safe all around, I have healed a very sick dog almost close to death is now running an playing. This site is trust worthy.

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Posted by Lydia (Florida) on 09/07/2020

I've noticed everyone on the internet who says Borax is dangerous is trying to sell something. Also, what could be more dangerous than the poisons in flea and tick control products.

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Posted by Bj (Michigan) on 09/21/2017
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Borax is the only safe element which a very small amount will interact with Fluoride and NEUTRALIZE IT. Why Fluoride is in are drinking water, who knows. Fluoride was NEVER SAFE for human consumption ever..... Read the warning on YOUR tube of fluoride toothpaste. "swallow ONE drop" "call poison control" I use Borax as part of water filtering process. They are adding chemicals in bottled water now. I couldn't find Absopure. and decided I'll just do my own.. and Fluoride free. Recipe on you tube

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Posted by Shari (Texas) on 10/23/2015
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My pug, Dottie, gets a "good rinse" with Warm Borax solution before she's done with her bath. No one fleas, no itching, And she smells good.

Posted by Pat (Merseyside) on 09/17/2022
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I have a bordeaux who is now 10,3 yrs ago her hip went. Out the blue she was in excruciating pain it was heart breaking I thought my dog can't cope with this pain. The painkiller off the vets wasn't touching it. She couldn't get up 1 stair and sleeps on my bed so I had to stay downstairs with her she couldn't find a position that eased her pain, she never slept for 3 days she just stood panting it was so bad. Then I remembered Boron which I take myself daily and gave her 10 mg Boron caps daily to begin with and it was a miraculous result within 2wks she was in less pain and it got better every day. You still couldn't touch her back without a yelp but wow I was amazed.

That was 3yrs ago and she is 10 now, still sleeps on my bed every night jumps up. She has no problem touching her hips no pain and she will run round chasing squirrel's anytime. I was so amazed at how effective it is I saw it.

Borax Feedback
Posted by Victoria (Seminole, Fl) on 06/28/2016
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Yes it is 20 Mule Team Borax, and is safely used internally when properly diluted. We take 2 tsp. of the following solution daily:

mix 1 teaspoon borax with a quart of water. It's about as toxic as table salt, just use responsibly.

Does Borax Help Parasites?
Posted by Julie (Hanover Pk, IL) on 02/25/2020
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For tick born bacteria, I mixed liquid garlic extract, apple cider vinager and colloidal silver (no specific amounts) to kill the bacteria after my senior dog showed signs of dementia and slight paralysis. I found a tick on him and after removal, I continued to give the colloidal mixture every hour and within hours, he showed tremendous improvement! I have used this three times in four yesrs. For worms, I add Diatomaceous Earth, Food Grade to his food.

Borax Dosage
Posted by Colleen (Florida) on 02/07/2017
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Borax is very good for animals and humans alike in the right dose. It does help arthritis - joint problems. One word of CAUTION! I started taking a very small amount diluted in water ( 1 tbsp per gallon water) I took 1 tsp of water a day. Being 2 years into menopause, no periods, I had a "period from hell". It does affect your hormones. I stopped taking it. Will wait a year and try again.

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 05/05/2015

Hey Lac806!

Borax is 100% safe to use on the skin of your puppy. If this were my puppy I would wait on adding borax to the *drinking water* until the mange was cleared to avoid over stressing her - just me.

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Posted by Irene (Ontario) on 11/08/2017
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Small amounts are required in dogs and humans.. many people supplement this daily.. and the laundry borax is very commonly used.. it is a naturally mined mineral.. in large amounts it's an ant killer..huge amount of information online.. very beneficial to arthritis.. very popular

Does Borax Help Parasites?
Posted by Cara (Washington State ) on 11/15/2019
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Give one organic raw egg per meal 🥚 Which is the full amino acid spectrum and naturally detoxes & absolutely use the borax in your pets water !!! Very sorry to hear about your dog however it can be reversed... you can do this Kira!

Borax Safety
Posted by Mark (Exeter, United Kingdom) on 08/22/2015 12 posts

Hi, I submitted a post that contained emails confirming safty of borax from a supplier named intralabs.

Could you also apply it to the PETS section of borax as little info seems to be in that section except for people thinking its toxic. Thanks, Mark


Below is my email to intralabs and their reply stating the safety of borax, the only toxic effects apply to unborn babies whose mother ingests. The 'powers that be' have left that bit out to make us think toxicity applies to all of us, hence shops removing borax and replacing with borax substitute (which really is toxic!! ). Email intralabs yourselves for reassurance. They are very cheap too. Label warnings of dangers and toxicity are put on Borax by law.


From: mark speed Sent: 24 October 2014 06:26 To: [email protected] Subject: Borax or Borax?

Hi, Im confused about 'Borax' mainly as my nan used to drink small amounts to rid herself from arthritus, also using it as shampoo then rinsing afterwards with citric acid, she fed her plants with it as every living organisms cells require borax! So I dont understand why yr Material Safety Data Sheet says it is toxic ingested and a skin irritant?

She is still alive & free from arthritus and swears by the stuff. When talking with a few oldies at my mums residential care home it became clear that a fair few in their generation used borax on skin and ingested with no problems, I think the borax product was called '20 mule' or similar.

Please could you tell me why yours is so toxic please?? Also...I always understood that borax and boric acid are the same substance apart from one of them has more water molecules than the other, any advice on this lol?

I want to purchase from you but not if you sell a toxic form as im removing all mainstream pollutant chemicals from my home, then just using borax, citris acid, soap flakes, soda crystals, bicarb of soda and white vinegar for everything from hardcore cleaning, laundry, personal hygiene, pet and my shampoo, insecticide etc (the oldies convinced me there is no need for the squillions of products poisoning us everyday just so some fat cat corporate ****rs can rake in the profits at our expense).

Hope you can help me aquire the borax I talk of if you dont supply the safe version, all I can find is a substitute which my gran says is not borax either!!

Thanks in advance Mark


Sent: Friday, October 24,2014 at 4:27 PM From: "Intralabs - Dan" To: "'mark speed'" Subject: RE: Borax or Borax?


Borax was reclassified 4 years ago as Repro-toxic by the EU which means that it could damage fertilitiy or an unborn child if eaten.

Borax is not toxic to your general health (other than that just stated) and is actually less toxic than table salt.

This is the reason why your relative is quite well and not ill. 20 mule team borax is the same as the borax we sell, the only difference is that it's not classed as repro-toxic by US law but is by EU law.

20 mule team is a brand of borax, it's all the same.

Kind regards Dan

Intra-Laboratories, Unit 5, Devonshire Meadows, Broadley Park Road Plymouth, PL6 7EZ

Tel: 01752 724109,

Borax Feedback
Posted by Jean Holley (Louisville, KY) on 03/08/2022 28 posts

No, they are not the same. Boric acid is created from the mixture of borax with other naturally occurring minerals such as boracite and colemanite. God only knows what those two minerals are and what type of chemical reaction would happen in the process of combining them together. My dogs will never be subjected to it. This information comes from the 20 Mule Team site.

Borax Safety
Posted by Melissa (Ohio) on 09/26/2015 9 posts

Just a note on the dosage of Borax added to the drinking water. Ted has posted that the size of the dog doesn't matter because of the amount of water intake but has specified 1/8 tsp per liter for females and 1/4 tsp per liter for males. This goes for human as well.

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Posted by Beta (Sky) on 10/13/2021

Boric acid and Borax are the same thing, BUT boric acid is ground into powder, whereas Borax is more coarse. So it can't be measured the same. Both Borax and Boric Acid are used in eye washes and contact solution. So dangerous ha ha. You would get a lot more boric acid if you tried measuring it the same. Just like you get a stronger cup of coffee, if it is ground into powder. Stick with Borax, and you will know the correct measurements.

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Posted by Cindy (Montana) on 03/25/2022

My grandmother raised kittens for 40 years and when they would get guppy eyes she would mix up the boric acid ( 1 tbls to a pint of warm water ), which she keep on hand in the cupboard, she'd wipe out their eyes numerous time in the day she used it for years with NO side effects to the kittens or us if we had something in our eyes that needed to be washed out

Borax Feedback
Posted by Redfeather54 (Springtown, Tx) on 06/20/2016

Do not confuse Boric Acid (which is very toxic) to Borax (find on laundry soap isles in Walmart)

Does Borax Help Parasites?
Posted by Kira (Thailand) on 09/16/2019

Hi, I'm just wondering if borax can be used to tackle blood parasites caused by ticks? My dog is presently on IV fighting for her life after contracting the E. Canis parasite from a tick. It wasn't picked up in the initial blood test they did, now it's in the critical advanced stages. She is lame and her body has developed large lumps where the parasites are literally eating her alive. The doxycylin is yet to make any improvement, any chance I could try borax?..Or any other ideas? Many thanks.

Borax for Cats
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/05/2018

Hey Tisha,

Borax is a type of salt. You can bathe your cat in it if you so wish. I use it all the time for bathing my dogs and they splash and my cats have walked through it without harm. I do use Ted's Borax protocol for dogs now and then and so my cats drink the same spiked water as the dogs and myself. If for some reason your cat were to ingest a goodly amount it might get loose stools; licking off the feet here or there should not do that.

Borax Feedback
Posted by Shirley (Texas) on 09/07/2022

Ma'am the diarrhea is actually a Herx reaction. Bc there's a sudden die off of the parasite in a pet and people alike.

Normal process not due to "overdose"

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Posted by Lac806 (Branford, Ct.) on 05/04/2015

I just want to make sure the borax is safe for a 5 month old yorkie pup that weighs 4lbs. before I put it in her drinking water or try on her skin with the peroxide to treat demodex?

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Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 07/07/2016

Thanks, Diamond lots of good info there you can never know enough.

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Posted by Lynlee (Brownsville, Or) on 02/24/2018

I add water to my dog's food - could I add the borax to this rather than the water bowl? She has several water sources but in her food I know how much she is ingesting each day.

Borax for Small Dogs
Posted by LMS (Miami) on 05/04/2021

I am interested in nano protecting my 7 pound pomeranian with borax. Any idea of the amount of borax to put in her filtered water?

Borax for Cats
Posted by Kay (Minerva, OH) on 10/19/2020

Is it safe to use Borax on cats?

EC: HI Kay,

Yes, please see the article and feedback on our cat mange page here. Borax and peroxide is the top remedy.

Severe Skin Allergies
Posted by KayFl0 (Clifton, NJ) on 07/28/2021

Hi, I see all this great information about borax for dogs and fleas or skin problems. Can you please provide instructions on how to use it? Thanks!

EC: Please see this page:

Severe Skin Allergies
Posted by Rhonda (Mississippi ) on 01/28/2022

Did you add it to drinking water or as a topical rinse?

Borax Feedback
Posted by Jennette (Beaufort Sc) on 07/06/2017

Hi Mike..

I'm learning about Borax and I want to treat my yard with it.. I sprinkle it all over my dog's bed, can he lay in it? Thank you!

Borax Feedback
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/06/2017

Hey Candice,

I use 1 tsp per liter of water [this is a high dose IMHO] for both my cats and dogs at certain times of the year.

Borax Feedback
Posted by Connie (ND) on 09/19/2022

How much does she get now and how often? My dog also suffers very pain in back area.

Posted by Cfitz (Georgia) on 09/25/2022


How much does your dog weigh, please? I need to determine how much to give my 22-lb dog.

Posted by Jamie (Sabin, MN ) on 03/01/2023


EC: A boron supplement.

Does Borax Help Parasites?
Posted by Jamie (Minnesota) on 03/01/2023

Hello how much borax do you put in the water for your dogs? I have 2 large dog's 1 Rottweiler that's been very ill he has torn ACL right now and I believe has cancer has surgery in 2 weeks for acl and our lab/springer is pretty healthy but am concerned about our water where we live very high levels of manganese and obviously fluoride and we were also told Plastics 😳! So what amount would I put in the water? And would anything help my Rottweiler (Chopper) with his torn ACL? I know it helps with arthritis but does it help with maybe the ACL? Thank you in advance I know this is an old thread hopefully you will see this!

Borax for Cats
Posted by Tisha R (Canada) on 12/02/2018 5 posts

HI I see someone asked if safe for cats but no reply; I use it as a cleaner and would really like to know if they walk on it or lick it they will not die!! Please respond..appreciate thank you

Borax Feedback
Posted by Candice (Il) on 09/04/2017

Hi My cats and dogs drink out of the same bowl. Can I use the teaspoon of borax for both pets?

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Posted by Olissima (Md) on 03/10/2021

Hi! How much Borax do you add when you bathe your dog?

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Posted by Deb (Columbus, Ohio) on 06/07/2021

It's actually Boron that is needed in small amounts internally. Boron is in borax but in very small amounts.

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Posted by Dano (Idaho) on 07/27/2022

Borax contains 11.76% Boron.

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Posted by Hollyhock (America ) on 09/19/2022

Thank you for this! My golden has lyme disease and its now affecting her hips, I will definitely give this a try!

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Posted by Stacie (Cincinnati) on 10/11/2022

Have you administered doxycycline for your dog's active Lyme disease? It will suppress the disease and further development of symptoms.

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Posted by Sandy (Guntown, Mississippi) on 04/15/2023

Is the protocol safe using 20 mule team borax? What is the directions for adult cats, to give them in their drinking water? I can't find where I read that. Thank you for giving me hope.

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Posted by Sarah (California) on 04/21/2023

I have the same question. I have used borax myself for a few years and it completely took away my arthritis. My cat has hip dysplasia and it can lead to arthritis. I hope someone knows the answer.

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Posted by Deana (GA) on 05/19/2023 2 posts

Hi Sarah, Can you please tell me your protocol used for clearing up your arthritis. I have it in my hands and I am a nurse. Cannot make closed fists anymore. Want to start this ASAP. Thank you!