I was quite hesitant to use this treatment for my dog, it just appeared to be some quack’s idea of treating mange without spending any $$$. How wrong could I have been, this mixture appears to do the most damage to colonies of mites trying to replicate.
The Borax I Used
I turned to this natural remedy when Ivermectin, Advantage Mutli/Advocate, Nustock & the PetsBestRx products failed to work. I never had trusted natural remedies before due to my experience with them being less effective for many ailments in my past.
Apparently this remedy works by mixing the two products the peroxide 1% solution is used as a vehicle to penetrate the skin (The Hydrogen Peroxide usually sold in stores is 3% so it should be diluted with 2 equal parts water.) The borax is used as the mite killer traveling to the areas in the epidermis where these mites harbor themselves. The mixture is a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide with enough borax in it so that it is fully saturated (no longer absorbs the borax usually ( 1 cup borax 48 oz 1% hydrogen peroxide mixed for 10 min).
You are instructed to wash your dog as regular and then while the dog is wet and clean, the solution you put into a bucket is lathered all over the body (mange doesnt always show where it is living.) The dog is then allowed to air dry with the solution never rinsed or toweled off the body. This results in a chalky like feel to the coat with some temporary discoloration. After I applied this solution for the first time it appeared to really disturb the mange, Baron had bumps with soft scabs all over his body. The solution appeared to do more work than anything else I had applied. I recommend to do this 2-4 times to see results. Make sure you have some type of soothing lotion to put on the skin due to the extreme drying nature of this remedy.
The Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide didnt cure my dog yet he has improved on this treatment much more than any synthetic or expensive treatments. I almost forgot: This is a great remedy to try due to how cheap it is to try. About $2.00 to try it!
Since I explained how to use this remedy quite poorly I have enclosed a link to a site that specifically explains how to make and use this treatment as well as providing variations on the remedy and other natural treatments for Sarcoptic and Demodex Mange as well.
Earth Clinic Folk Remedies Site Link