Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy: Benefits and Side Effects - Ted's Q&A

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Posted by T (Arkansas) on 05/31/2007

I was wondering if you could tell me the messerments of this remedy for precautionary measures, before my dog has pups. Also how often would you recommend me to give the female this preventive bath. I would also like to know what to use to clean the whelping box with that would not be harmful to the pups, but would keep the mites from them. Thank you for your time.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

You can use one bottle of 500 cc 3% H2O2 and dilute them 2 bottles of the same size with water. This would get you roughly 1% solution. When you add a full tablespoon of borax to solution approximately a saturated solution. The problem appears to be that it is safer to get this solution and wipe on the whelping box and wait until dry before use. The tiny residue of borax will continue the kill and should prevent future mites of eggs from showing up, at least from the place at which you apply it. Often the mites eggs can exist all over the place if the dogs tend to wander around a lot. However, when you take a borax and peroxide bath on the larger dogs, without the rinsing regardless of where the dog wanders, the mites eggs get killed in whichever place the dog happens to stay or sleep. The formula is not a perfect one, but can be modified by adding an a 2%-5% tannic acid, however, tannic acid do not work together well with a hydrogen peroxide solution as tannic acid breaks down or degrade, but it does work well together with the saturated borax solution for specialized used on premises that needs to disinfect mites eggs and mites in general from reinfection, which is actually a bigger issue than killing the mites directly because this is how mites survive. Borax are generally safe for mammals but they are quite toxic for insects. If you use any towels or cloth in whelping box, make sure that when you laundry them to at least soak them in a bleach, or a more environmental friendly bleach which is either sodium percarbonate or sodium perborate, if they ever have it for sale! The sodium peroborate breaks down into hydrogen and borax, which kills the mites just the same. Or you can soak them in the standard 1% hydrogen peroxide in borax for a couple of hours before actual laundry so the mite eggs have no chance to survive. The solution of tannic acid, borax or hydrogen peroxide is definitely safer than most insecticides for one major reason: insecticides are pseudoestrogens and can harm badly the pups, even if they use an anti-mite dog collar it is still an insectide soaked into the plastic collars.

Replied by Christopher
Boca Raton, Florida Usa
07/14/2011

This is a safe remedy that works within a few applications... Just be sure to break the entire life cycle of the pest. Our black lab had very bad mites on tail, cured within 10 days. Will alter color of dark haired dogs, ours turned partly brown -peroxide bleached. The vets alternative was a high dose of expensive off label use drugs with possible serious side effects. We have shared our experience and helped rid many animals of mites safely... Dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. Another excellent idea is cedar oil it causes the fleas, mites, bedbugs... Etc to close their breathing holes and suffocate themselves. Well worth the cost. Remember to treat as large an area as you can or the pests will return as their lifecycle can be very long.

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
07/15/2011

CHRISTOPHER;WHERE WOULD I GET THE CEDAR OIL? MY KITTEN HAS MANGE ON HER TAIL BIG TIME, IT'S SPREADING THROUGH OUT THE HOUSE HOLD. I GOT RID OF MANGE ALL OVER HER BODY BUT THEY SEEM TO LIKE HER TAIL BEST, SO I SHAVED HER TAIL AND DID THE SAME TREAT. ON HER TAIL AS I DID THE REST OF HER BODY WHICH WAS BORAX AN PEROXIDE, NOTHING HAS TOUCHED HER TAIL.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INPUT....


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