Thousands of dogs around the world have been successfully cured with home remedies for mange, but a simple borax, hydrogen peroxide and water solution has proven to be the best.
Sent to us over 15 years ago from our genius contributor Ted, borax is inexpensive, safe and effective treatment for both Demodectic and Sarcoptic Mange.
Mange is a serious parasitic skin condition caused by tiny mites that bury beneath the skin. These mites cause painful sores, skin infection, hair loss, and intense itching and scratching. If left untreated, mange can cause death. When a diagnosis of mange is made with a skin scrape test, treatment should be started immediately with the goal of killing the mites and treating any secondary bacterial infection.
Will Borax Kill Mange?
Borax is an effective natural remedy to kill mange. Borax is a naturally occurring compound found around the world. The compound is very effective in killing mites.
Because borax is a natural disinfectant, it can be used safely and effectively to treat your pet’s skin. It is a safe remedy for pest control.
Borax for Mange Recipe
To make Ted’s borax remedy, you’ll need just 2 ingredients, Borax and 3% Hydrogen Peroxide.
Twenty Mule Team Borax is the most popular borax to use for the mange remedy and is available in the USA and around the world.
The hydrogen peroxide does not need to be food grade. It can be the inexpensive peroxide found in every pharmacy and grocery store.
The following instructions apply to dogs of any size. No need to change the measurements for smaller dogs.
- Add 3 heaping tablespoons of borax to a clean bucket.
- Add 2 cups of hot water and stir vigorously with your hand to dissolve all the borax granules.
- Add 2 more cups of warm water. Mix again.
- Add 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide from the drug store. Stir mixture again vigorously and set aside. You will use the mixture after your dog has been bathed and double-rinsed.
- First, shampoo your dog using a good dog shampoo. Do not use people shampoo as it is not ph-balanced for dog’s skin. We particularly like Dermabenss.
- Double rinse your dog to make sure you remove all shampoo residue.
- Using a plastic measuring cup, slowly apply the borax solution all over your dog, fully saturating him or her. Make sure to soak the dog entirely, even in areas unaffected by mange.
- To treat the face, pour small amounts of the solution into the palm of your hand and slowly apply being careful to avoid getting in the eyes.
- Pour the borax solution very gently into the dog’s skin. Make sure every area is saturated, including the tail and paws. If your dog has any raw or bleeding areas, do not massage the solution into the dog’s skin. Simply apply. Do not rinse off the solution.
- Let your dog dry out in the sun if it’s a warm, sunny day. Do not towel dry. However, if it’s cold out, keep the dog in a warm room after towel drying.
How Often Should I Give Borax Bath to My Dog?
Week 1: Give borax bath every other day.
Week 2: Give the borax bath every 3 days.
Weeks 3 – 6: Give the borax bath once a week.
Weeks 6 – 12: Give the borax bath bi-weekly.
How Fast Will The Borax Bath Kill Mange?
You will start to see improvement in your dog’s condition after the first or second treatment. However, it can take a month or two before full healing takes place.
Can I Use Boric Acid Instead of Borax?
No, boric acid can be toxic to dogs and should not be used in place of borax. Boric acid is often used as a pesticide and can cause serious illness to pets and children if ingested.
Boric acid is created from the mixture of borax with other naturally occurring minerals like boracite and colemanite.
How Do I Treat My Dog’s Bedding?
On treatment days, wash your dog’s bedding, including any towels you used during the treatment, in hot water with 1 cup of borax. Dry in a dryer on the highest setting.
Should I Treat My Other Pets With The Borax Bath?
Consider giving your other pets at least one borax bath during the first month to help prevent reinfestation of mites.
How Do I Clean Affected Areas Like the Floor and Where My Dog Sleeps?
Use the borax and peroxide solution in a spray bottle to spray down and wipe the floors where your dog lies. Also be sure to cleanse its kennel or sleeping area. If your dog has pillows or blankets, wash them regularly in hot water with 1 cup of borax.
Why Does The Borax Bath Work?
The treatment for mange is made up of three basic components: hydrogen peroxide, borax, and water. When combined in the appropriate ratio, these three components create an effective disinfectant for your dog.
You should use this treatment to cleanse your pet’s skin as well as anywhere the animal has been sleeping, playing, and laying. By disinfecting areas where your dog has been, you can reduce the risk for re-infestation.
Hydrogen peroxide serves as a natural disinfectant and cleanser for the condition. H202 works through oxidation by adding additional oxygen into the equation and creating an environment in where mites simply cannot survive.
Borax, also called sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is effective in killing mites.
Water simply functions to dilute the hydrogen peroxide and dissolve the borax. H202 creates the appropriate solution and makes using the treatment that much easier.
Do I Need To Use Food Grade Peroxide?
No, regular 3% peroxide from any grocery store or pharmacy will suffice.
How Do I Dilute Hydrogen Peroxide to 3%?
Many countries sell hydrogen peroxide in concentrations other than 3%. Learn how to dilute H2O2 into 3% here.
Borax for Mange Video
Watch Earth Clinic’s popular video with extensive instructions on how to make and apply Ted’s mange solution. We’ll also give you important tips to hasten recovery.
Can I Use A Hair Dryer After Borax Bath?
It is best to let your dog air dry in a warm room or out in the sun if it’s a warm day after the mange treatment. However, if your dog is shivering uncontrollably, absolutely do use a hair dyer to warm your dog up. If possible, wait half an hour before using the hair dyer to give the solution time to penetrate.
Treating Older Dogs With Mange
Be aware that older dogs get cold very quickly in baths and that it can take hours for their body temperature to warm up after a bath. This is why it is important to bathe a dog either out in the sun on a hot day or in a warm bathroom and to also make sure the room that they dry off in is warm too. Do not bath your dog outside in the winter unless you live in a warm climate.
Because our dogs are over 10 years old, we always use a mini heater in the bathroom during the bath and then use the heater in a bedroom while they dry off and warm up.
Adding a pinch of borax (no more than 1/8 teaspoon) to 1 liter of water for your dog also helps treat mange from the inside out. Learn more about borax for dog’s here.
More Dog Mange Remedies
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Types of Mange
The most common cause of mange in dogs is exposure to another infected animal from a kennel, pet shelter, dog park, pet stores, groomers (including mobile groomers who come to your house and treat pets in their vans) and vets. The first symptoms of mange often occur two to six weeks after exposure.
Sarcoptic Mange is a highly contagious infection of the skin with parasitic mite called Sarcoptes scabei. Dogs with sarcoptic mange should be quarantined to a certain section of the house because sarcoptic mange is highly contagious to people and other pets.
Often called demodex or red mange, Demodectic Mange is the most common form of mange in dogs. It is the overgrowth of the parasitic demodex mite which lives in the hair follicles of dogs. Demodex is not contagious. Either young dogs with weak immune systems or adult dogs with compromised immune systems are often diagnosed with demodetic mange.
Ted’s mange protocol is considered the top natural remedy for mange. If you are trying to eliminate mange in your dog, give this treatment a try for at least a month and let us know how it worked out for your dog.
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