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My 1 year old lab has been battling a minor, localized case of mange for months. It started with a quarter-sized bald spot on his back ankle and some scaliness around one of his eyes. After a trip to the vet, we did 8 weeks of a lime-sulfur dip applied once weekly, which was torture for him and for us. His condition improved significantly, but, several weeks later, we noticed some fur loss on the tips of his ears. Wanting to avoid another trip to the vet and another 8 week stint of a rotten egg-smelling dog, I researched some home remedies. I alternated between applying a borax and hydrogen peroxide solution to his trouble spots one day to kill the mites and applying olive oil to those spots the next day to combat any drying effects and smother the mites. After about a week of alternating between the borax solution and olive oil, he has gone from losing 20 or so little clumps of fur each time I would coat his ears to fur regrowth! This regimen has worked wonders- his ears are back to their original velvety/adorable state! I plan to continue this regimen for at least another week.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Borax Solution (I used a sponge to apply the solution to his trouble spots):
-1 part 3% hydrogen peroxide
-2 parts water
-as much Borax as will dissolve leaving a small amount of grit at the bottom of the container

Olive Oil Treatment (I simply rubbed the olive between my hands and coated his trouble spots)
-1 tablespoon of olive oil

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GSP owner

Borax laundry soap. The other one sounds like boric acid. I'm no expert but I believe it is very hazardous stuff. I'm about to try the peroxide and borax solution on my GSP. She looks like she's been in a boxing match. It's just aweful.

Tonya B

I just got a blue nose pit last weekend. Somebody was going to shoot him cause he got mange. I just tried the borax solution today. Will keep you posted on how its going. He has it all over. Hardley any hair on him at all. It breaks my heart. I hope this works for him as well.


BORAX laundry soap! It can be found at Wal-Mart in the laundry isle. For less then $4.. Its a multi purpose cleaning agent. Works wonders.

BORIC ACID will kill your dog! PLEASE DO NOT use this! Used to bait and kill roaches and other pests.

I can understand how this can be confusing. Most people have never heard of BORAX. even though its been around since 1891..

Mixture in a bowl:

1 cup of Hydrogen peroxide
1 cup of Warm Water
Add BORAX until will not delude any longer in solution. (does not take a lot. Maybe 1/4 of a cup)

MIX solution well..

Apply generously with wash cloth to infected areas

This needs to be applied EVER OTHER DAY Depending on the severity of your dog condition. Up to SIX weeks. If you do not treat every other day or the mange isn't completely gone it WILL come back and spread.

This home remedy is cheap and easy to do. I have treated my dogs and others with this method. IT WILL WORK as long as you keep up with it..

Good luck!


Help- are you supposed to rinse it off of them, or just leave it on their skin?


Tonya. how did it go? My shepherd retreiver mix has been misdiagnosed w allergies, given prednisone, which of course weakens the immune system just like the corticosteroids for humans, and with mange...a WEAK IMMUNE systems contribute to the problem...grrrr. . I am going to try this mixture this afternoon as my poor dog has been suffering for years thinking it was ALLERGIES (#1 vet misdiagnose) hope it works...did it for you?


the borax and proxide doing it everyday do you bath everyday also


I bought a large spray bottle & mixed 1 1/2 c of peroxide, 1/4 c of borax then about 2 c water. I shook it up in the spray bottle then sprayed my dog down with the solution. I put olive oil on her spots yesterday . I'm going to try alternate between the two each day & see how that works.


thanks for all your good intention but I just hope that someone would come back to the site and tell us if the treatment did help them .

Beer boy

What about applying around the eyes. I am concerned that the dog will rub the borax into its eyes. Do you fit the dog with an Elizabethan collar to stop the scratching?


CEDAR OIL MADE THE PROBLEM WORSE AND IRRITATED THE HECK OUT OF MY POOR DOG! BORAX, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE AND WATER IS THE BEST WAY TO GO! It was interesting that the guy that sold us Dr. Ben's product wouldn't except returns if the product didn't work...The best remedy in the world is the Borax laundry detergent booster, hydrogen peroxide and water....we would bathe the dog every 5 days with an oatmeal medicated moisturizing shampoo and then apply the Borax mixture over her wet coat making sure that all the little folds were soaked with the solution and applied with a washcloth. You can't dry the animal off which means you might want to make the room as warm as possible for her/him. They have to air dry but they are allowed to shake so it does speed up the drying process. The solution kills the mites and the hydrogen peroxide soothes any skin infection, lesions. After the dog was dry we would apply a tea tree gel which is a natural skin moisturizer and skin antiseptic to the areas where she was really bare...she would close her eyes in relief as we rubbed in. This really provided relief from the itching too, almost immediately. If you do the full bath once a week and then once or twice a week apply the bad mangey areas with a washcloth and the Borax solution, you'll see results within the first few days. Also it is key that you feed your dog the best food, fish oil, avocados, sardines, organic coconut oil (which looks like vegetable shortening) in order to keep their skin in shape as well as boost their immune system which is usually the main reason for the mite attack in the first place. Also keep the house vacuumed well and all the dog bedding washed so they don't get reinfected while they are being treated. BE diligent about this regime for about 6 weeks and it will get better. It really is the cheapest and most effective way to cure mange. I would check with your vet after about six weeks of this treatment and you feel the condition is cured. They will do a skin scraping and make sure the mites are under control. If they feel there are still too many of those little buggers it is in your best interest to treat the animal for maybe another week or so until you get a good normal skin scraping and then watch them and keep them on good food!

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