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

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Posted by Mona L (Tidioute, Pa) on 05/21/2010

My 6 week old Jack Russell has mange (the kind he got from his mother, not catchy kind) does this borax and peroxide work for her kind of mange?

Replied by Lisa
Wichita Falls, Texas

Mona, if you want something that will not hurt your pet if he licks it, just use cotton balls and regular old cooking oil! You just put the oil on the cotton balls and rub it where ever he has the hair thinning. Do this for about a week or so depending on how bad the case is. Do it twice a day and if he has any scabby places, just use peroxide on those until they are well. If your pet licks the oil, he will not be hurt.

Posted by W (Houston, Texas) on 05/12/2010
5 out of 5 stars

We have two small dogs. One came to us with mange and, of course, gave it to the other. I used one 32oz bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide diluted, using the same bottle for measure, with two bottles of water. I added about one quarter of a 76oz box of borax to be sure of saturation. This didn't makea lot but I was able to first shampoo the dogs in regular dog shampoo and then dip them in the borax solution. I did rinse after the shampoo but I did NOT rinse after the borax dip. The dogs immediately improved. I also washed the dog bedding in borax in the cloths washer. I repeated the dip sequence one week later and at this point I can see no mange damage on the dogs coat. I see new fur growing and proper skin tone under the damaged areas.

Thank you Ted for this remarkably cheap and remarkably wonderful cure for mange contamination.

Replied by Susan B
Greenville, Sc

First, there is a difference between demodex and sarcoptic mange. They are not one in the same thing. Demodex is caused by the mites that live on all dogs. They live in the hair shaft. They are kept under control by the dog's immune system. It is not contageous to people and is an immune problem. There is no hive of mites to hunt and kill. The dog will never really itch or scratch. It doesn't affect them in anyway. The dog gets stressed, the mites get out of control and they start to take over. They kill the hair shaft. Since this is an immune system problem, the best thing for the dog is to build up the immune system. Plain ole' Ivermectin the stuff of heart worm pills, taken orally for about 4 weeks will kill the mites. Thus the mites die and the hair grows back. Sarcoptic mange is a mite that can be transfered to people and other dogs. It's harder to treat, and a vet is recommended. If you dog smells of infection of the skin, which does happen from itching. The dog needs oral antibiotics and a vet not borax acid and peroxide. If your dog is diagnoised with sarcoptic mange it probably got the mite from another source. I would recommend that you becareful, as you can also get the mite, and it itches like crazy.

Posted by Kc (Newtown, Ct) on 04/05/2010
5 out of 5 stars

It worked!!! Thank you Ted! I was so stressed out when my dog started to show signs of mange. I made this remedy using 1 part Apple cider vinager (AC vinager instead of peroxide because I didnt want to "highlight" her black fur) to 2 parts water, and added borax laundry detergent until it wouldnt dissolve anymore. I put her in the tub and splashed on the solution until she was soaked, no gloves needed. I used a cottonball for around her eyes. I then washed every pillowcase, blanket, and rug that I could and sprinkled the borax powder all over the rest including the couch. Left that overnight and vacumed it up the next day. It was winter outside and I admit it wasnt fun for anyone to have a soaking wet dog running around, but it was worth it. Immediately the itching stopped. Within the first few day, I could see improvement. I did this intense house cleaning and borax soak with her once a week for 4 weeks and In 5 WEEKS it was completely gone! Thank you thank you thank you. Super easy, SO MUCH HEALTHIER, and wicked cheap!

Also, we use an old fashioned vet (He has to be in his late 80's) and he had also recommended sprinkling borax on the carpets (near doors?) to control fleas

Replied by Ben
Reading, Uk

Hello, Due to reclassification by the EU, borax is no longer available in UK.

Is there an alternative?

(Dri-Pak make a substitute from Sodium Sesquicarbonate)


EC: Hi Ben,

Check out the thread on this page: Where to Buy: UK

Replied by Fred
Columbus, Ohio, Usa

Just wanted to add to this page. Rescued a 1-year old Black Lab that was a "bag of bones" and had been very much abused. She has demodetic mange (per a scraping done by the vet when we had her spayed). The cost of treatment is outrageous, so I looked for alternatives and found this site. After reading everything, I did declare WAR on the mange - Washed all the dogs bedding with OXI-CLEAN and TIDE. Then gave the dog a good bath in the tub (Labs like water but not in a tub! ) and then a RINSE using 3-4 Scoops of OXI-CLEAN to about 2 Gallons of warm water. I Let her "Air-Dry" with my hair-dryer-gun (from a distance) and then I used cotton balls with simple vegetable oil on the bad spots (Nests??).

It's been one week and I have repeated this procedure 3 times. She isn't doing any scratching now, and her skin has cleared.... Though I did note a bit of "color" gone from her coat due to the OXI-CLEAN. She is happy, and it appears that we are winning the Mange War!

Replied by Doggs
Newport, Ca
1 out of 5 stars


WARNING! PLEASE Do not use Oxi-Clean or other cleaning products that simply contain sodium perborate, the other ingredients could be toxic to your pet, esp. If leaving it on the skin all day. (Remember, the skin is an organ that absorbs toxins into the bloodstream/organs.)

Just buy plain 100% borax (as Ted says if you can't find the sodium perborate)-- you can find it at groceries/Target which usually carries the 20 Mule Team brand.

Don't forget to treat the household/floors/bedding/

socks/feet etc., or the cycle of recontamination will continue.

Virgin coconut oil given to eat by the tsp. And applied on skin is an excellent antiseptic balm. ($6~$12 jar at health food stores, lasts over a year, great value).

Good luck!

Replied by Nancy
Knoxville, Maryland, Usa
5 out of 5 stars

My old coon hound came down with mange last year. I found this remedy and used it faithfully. His skin cleared and when I took him to the vet he could not find any sign of mange or other skin maladies. Now my other two dogs are itching themselves terribly. My son claims it's fleas but I have not seen any sign. I am glad to see the measurements for the ac vinegar since both of these dogs are black and when I used it on the hound he turn orange.

I am also putting 1/8 tsp in their water bucket as suggested.

Thank you Ted and thank you all for your suggestions.

Posted by Freebornacd (Nescopeck, Pa.) on 03/21/2010

Hi, I am wondering if the Borax, 20 Mule Team detergent is the Borax Ted is talking about. I am only able to find that brand. Will that work? I need to treat a 30x50' outside pen as well. Is there a formula I can use to place in a sprayer and treat the outside w/ the solution? Please, let me know. Thanks! I can't wait to try it.

EC: Yes, that is what people report using for Ted's mange cure!

Replied by Freebornacd
Nescopeck, Pa.

Thank you for the Mule Team response! Now one more question, in reading the bulk solution receipe that is posted, 5 gallon bucket of warm water, 1 200 ml bottle of 3% peroxide, what is the measurable amount of Borax Mule Team powder? I have 7 affected dogs and I need to treat the dog pens as quickly as possible. But, I need to mix this in 5 gallon bucket to get it treated effectivly. Thanks! castleheart@enter.net

Posted by Anne (Paranaqu, Luzon) on 03/20/2010
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Hello. I have been treating my dog with this borax peroxide solution for three weeks. i have seen a huge improvement. She does not wake up to scartch and she sleeps soundly already. The thing I want to know is, due to the mange, she developed the black skin.. black spots on her body and its getting lighter.. good thing. :-) My dog sleeps on my bed and she keeps on shedding black dandruff like particles. Is that the black skin peeling off her body? everytime she shakes her body, you can actually see the black particles come off. eveytime she walks or move.. the dandruff falls off. Is that the black skin getting better and going back to regular skin? has anyone experienced this? Hope to hear from anyone... thank you

Replied by Amanda
College Station, Texas

I have been using the Borax solution for about a week now, and it seems that black spots are appearing on my white pitbull also, and it seems that everytime I use the solution then my puppy's black spots gets a little lighter. Has your dog got any better, have the spots gone away?? Someone please respond.

Thank You!

Posted by Natasha (Honolulu, Hawaii, Us) on 03/06/2010


Is there a safe oil to use during this treatment. My dog's skin has become dry and irritated and I'd love to put some emu oil or coconut oil on her neck to soothe the dry itch. I read somewhere in these 9 pages that vit. e oil stimulates the mange, so I wanted to know which oils won't. I've seen this question posted several times but none (that I can find) have been answered.

Thanks in advance!

Replied by Mitzipars
Port Richey, Fl

Try using the Lavender Oil on spots or red spots where the mites start releasing off of her AFTER doing the borax, water and H202 bath.

It soothes the areas they are showing signs of being bitten or is itching badly.

I put in on cotton balls and lightly swab the area. You'll see her smile again. :)

Posted by Ann (Paranaqye, Luzon, Philippines) on 03/04/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Hello. I tried this treatment for my shitzu dog who has been suffering from mange and yeast infection the past four years. I tried all sorts of treatment and weekly visits to the vet made my wallet develop allergies to see my pet's vet. LOL! Anyway, I was able to purchase borax last saturday and made the solution as soon as I got home. I got hydrogen peroxide 3% and mixed it with 3 cups (i used the liquid measuring cup for cooking) of water and added 3 to 4 tablespoons borax. I bathe her using her baby shampoo.. I read somewhere that its better to use baby shampoo for dogs with mange... rinsed her off and then added the solution. Let her sit for awhile with the solution until she was dry. It took less than 30 minutes since she is bald in some areas already so its quick for her to dry after every bath. IT WORKED. She stopped licking and scratching. I wanted to call ted and ask him to marry me for this miracle. I love my pet so much and seeing her this relieved makes me so happy. Her first treatment was on a saturday, gave her second treatment yesterday, wed and she's growing some of her hair back. She has tons of black spots on her skin and when i used the small towel to lather her with the solution, you can actually see some of the specks of black skin in the towel. It was like wiping off some paint. Will all the black skin disappear? I hope so. Would like to know if anyone has treated their pets with lots of black spots and would like to know if it came off. I believe my baby has yeast infection too so I'm feeding her yogurt everyday. seriously, my shitzu looks like a dalmatian with all the spots in her body. :-( I can't wait to see her all healed and happy. I was scared while making the solution coz i wasnt sure if i mixed in the right measurements. some say one cup of 3%hydrogen peroxide, mixed with 3 cups of water and some say 2 cups. Also, do you use gloves when dealing with borax of do you pour the mix on your dogs with bare hands? Hope to hear from anyone of you soon. Im so happy i found this site. BTW, i also massage my baby with the baby oil, water and listerine solution before going to bed. THANK YOU TED FOR BEING AN ANGEL TO ALL OF US. OUR PETS ARE HEALED BECAUSE OF YOU!

Replied by Christine
Vista, Ca, Usa

Hi! Where did you find the borax? I only found the kind in the laundry soap section. I also found a foot soap with borax and iodine as the ingredients. I don't know if I should try it. Thanks!

EC: Hi Christine,

People are using borax found in the laundry soap section (20 Mule Team) for the mange cure!

Posted by Smokeysmommy (Woodland, Wa, Us) on 02/25/2010
4 out of 5 stars


I have been trying Ted's remedies for mange on my dog for the past 2 weeks. He had scabs and bloody raw spots on this back. He is sooooo much better now. No raw spots! I am seeing improvement but still feel I have a ways to go. I kept thinking he had a flea allergy or food allergy. Does the black skin go away? I still see him shedding skin and bathe him every 3-4 days with a tea tree oil shampoo and then apply the borax peroxide remedy. Way less itching! He was hiding under the house and itching madly so I am very thankful for this remedy! Should I continue the baths until all symptoms are gone? (I read somewhere here that you should do 2 mos.max?) Also, how long does it take for heavy skin thickening to go away with this remedy? He has that on his lower back by his tail.


Posted by Ivyrose (Moundsville, Wv) on 02/17/2010
5 out of 5 stars

The borax, peroxide mix is a hit! It all started a few months ago with my dachshund. The poor little thing had a terrible odor and her belly was turning black. I did a lot of searching on the internet and found this wonderful site. After the first use, she stopped itching. After 2 weeks her belly started to turn pink again. One month later, you would never know she ever had it. I still use the solution on her weekly just to make sure it doesn't come back. I recommend this to anyone who doesn't like the harsh chemicals a vet wants to use.

Posted by Gerry (Manila, Philippines) on 02/15/2010

Hi.. earlier today I went out to look for borax for my duchshand(a bit difficult to find). She has mange and I've been taking her to a vet every other week and they'd inject her with Ivomec. It relieves her for about a week and after that, she'd start scratching again. like every min. When I brought her again to the vet, this time the Ivomec doesn't show any effect anymore. My dogs leg is swollen and she has an open wound already. Then her tail is swollen and the butt area. I consulted another vet about the borax which you'd mix with soduim peroxide. What is available here in our drugstore is just the 10% and 20% solution. The vet told me to mix 10grams of borax with 90ml of the 10% peroxide. And that's like less than 1 Tbsp of borax. I wiped my dogs wound with it with a cotton bud, almost finishing the solution. I was holding her so she wouldn't lick or scratch her wound. Her body was shaking cause she just wanted to do something about it. Can i do this everyday? Would it harm her if she keeps licking it? What if i bathe her with it? Would it also harm her if it gets into her eyes? Is the mixture just right?

Please help me with this..

Posted by Vicki (Milton, Florida, Usa) on 02/12/2010

Dog Mange Remedy

I am putting stuff together to start this, my question is; can I use this treatment while my dog is undergoing dip treatments with a vet. We had already started them and really do not want to break the two week stretch and have to start over. Doesn't sound like they will be needed and I am REALLY excited at the thought of getting out of the chemical treatments. I would like to go ahead and do at least one last one; really like the vet and she has been very honest about the treatments.

Ready to go...get rid of this mess. Thanks, Vicki

Posted by Onthemove1952 (Rockaway, Nj) on 02/11/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I am so excited!!! Brief story. I found this home remedy on this site yesterday (during a blizzard). I have a 16 year old Border Collie who because of prior abuse issues cannot be seen by a vet without being "put under" with an injection. Therefore when she had to be seen 4 months ago for a skin infection and her shots it was fairly stressful. Came home with the usual, prednisone shot, pills, antibiotics, etc. Long story short, the infection (and odor, thankfully) cleared up. But the skin infection did not. The prednisone in any dose was causing severe trembling and the chewing and licking were unbearable. Every OTC product was sprayed or rubbed in. My vet did just so much over the phone for a patient he most likely would not seen again because a dog of 16 cannot be given the short term sedative for a visit. At any rate, when I saw the borax/peroxide remedy yesterday, I knew it had to be tried. I went to the store, in a foot of snow, and got the products. Yet another treatment for her :(. I couldn't WAIT to get home from work tonight and see how she was....first thing I saw when I got in was another part of her paint brush tail on the floor.....ugh. Then I realized what she was trying to chew at was the crusty stuff that was covering her undercoat. Sooooo, with a soft touch with a wire brush we soon were rid of a huge pile of white ick and some undercoat of fur. Whoever said on this site that their dog was "happy" for the first time is true!! Her coat is so shiny and black I can't believe it. Granted, we have been dosing her with fish oil and fats, but this is "overnight" magic! One more in the next day or so and we shall see. The hard and scaly skin is softer and no longer red. Can you believe it???? Weaning off the prednisone is next...then she'll be swimming come spring..thank you! Thank you! Feel free to email me at any time for updates.....do this for your dog/cat.

Posted by Barb (Seattle, Wa) on 02/01/2010

Is this mange?

I leave tomorrow to bring a homeless dog back from peru. She either has mange or an allergic reaction to fleas. Many of us have held her, petted her, played with her and have no infection ourselves, no bites or itching. I have held her on my lap for 4 times taking her to the vet and am fine. Does this mean she does not have mange?

Replied by Dr. Tamara
Glendale, Arizona

Barb from Seattle: Demodectic mange is caused by a parasite that is always present on the skin of canines. Normally, the mange mites are kept under control by the immune system, but when immunity is compromised or internal conditions are made optimum (often caused from a diet filled with too much grain, sugars and/or low quality proteins) the mites grow out-of-control ... much like when humans get a yeast infection. This form of mange is *not* contagious for pets or humans. Sarcoptic mange, on the other hand, is a foreign parasite that can be passed from dog to dog or dog to human. For humans, the mite infestation is referred to as "scabies" and is normally self-limiting; causing a minor rash that goes away without treatment. It can become a problem for anyone who has immunity/auto immunity issues.

So, to answer your question, *yes* a dog *can* have demodectic mange without spreading the mites to you.

Hope that helps!

Replied by Rick
Beverly, Massachsetts
5 out of 5 stars

This Treatment Works, I have 3 Carin Terriers And 2 have had this condition, The treatment cures this. The only thing is I have to repeat it At the least every two weeks, It is Cost effective , And Does not Make your animal ill at all.

Posted by Expertz (Erie, Pa) on 01/31/2010

i have a question - i want to use the mange remedy on my min pin she is black . will it change her hair color or is there a weaker recipe?

Replied by Onthemove1952@aol.com
Rockaway, Nj

I was curious if my Border would become a "henna" Border, if her hair would really become tinted. After 2 applications, there is a very slight reddish tint to the undercoat but not noticeable. For all she's been through she could turn blue, as long as she's healthy! So far, so good after 2 treatments. Also, I noticed the facial area becoming worse afterward. A good application of petroleum jelly seems to have solved that...

Replied by Mary
Regina, Saskchewan, Canada

Ted's mange cure is excellent and will not change the color of your dogs coat. I used the treatment on my min pin(black and tan) and it worked beautifully and quickly. And even if it did lighten the coat, what is your option? Mitiban baths, ivermectin which will ruin the dog's liver. No, and you will be very pleased with the results of borax and H2O2!

Replied by Kati
Newtown, Ct

Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) instead of Hydrogen peroxide. (See Ted's notes above.) Works great and won't turn black fur that orange henna color.

Posted by Booker (Klang, Malaysia) on 01/31/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I tried Ted's borax cure for my 6yo pug and it seems to be helping her. She had been infected with mange for the past few months but after many trips to the vet (injections and pills and all), the mange is still there, gotten worse and she was getting more and more miserable by the day.

She's a fawn pug and the mange had made her skin completely black, the fur had dropped off at the affected areas and in the worst of spots, scabs had formed.

She had scratched and licked herself raw, and was beginning to bleed at her paws.

Tried her first borax treatment 3 days ago. I mixed 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 2 parts water and mixed borax* till it wouldnt dissolve. Rubbed the solution on her affected parts.

After the 1st application, she looks less miserable and is calmer and is scratching and licking less.

The scabs have fallen off and her skin (even at the worst affected areas) look more "normal".

I am so relieved. My only wish is that I had discovered Ted's remedy sooner!

Am planning to use the remedy on her every 3 days for the first 2 weeks and then to 1x a week till she's healed.

Thanks Ted, Thanks Earth Clinic!

* For readers in Asia, I had a lot of trouble sourcing for borax. Then I discovered that it's an ingredient used for setting "to fu fah". These white granules are quite easily available in Chinese medicine shops and are called %u787C%u7802(Sodium Borate)%u53CA%u787C%u7802%u9178.. I don't read chinese so I just flashed them the chinese characters and it worked. Very inexpensive too. Good luck!

EC: Sorry, our database has turned your Chinese characters into mumbo jumbo. Perhaps this will work? http://translate.google.com/?hl=en#auto|zh-CN|Sodium Borate

Replied by Amy C.
Austin, Tx

1. I am wondering if the borax - 1% H2O2 solution lightens the color of the dog's hair?

2. I am also making sure that it is okay- & even recommended?- that the dog eat a little borax.

3. And does the borax-vinegar solution work just as well, and if it does, what are the ideal measurements for creating the concoction?

Thank you! Amy

Replied by Ai
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I would like to clarify the post by Booker from Klang, Malaysia on Borax for Asian readers. Borax is not used to set 'tau fu fah' (beancurd). Borax is sometimes used in cooking. In Malaysia, Borax is a banned item, but most chinese medicine hall still carry Borax so it's quite easily available. Thanks.