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How to Get Rid of Ear Mites in Dogs Natraully

How to Get Rid of Ear Mites in Dogs Natraully

How to Get Rid of Ear Mites in Dogs Natraully

Ear mites are a common problem among dogs, especially considering the fact that the condition is highly contagious. It causes a lot of itching and inflammation, and when left untreated could lead to serious infections or hearing loss.

When your canine friend has this ailment, you have two choices: either go for the harsh injections and chemicals to relieve the symptoms, or simply use a number of home remedies. The latter is obviously the best since you will be using only natural products that are readily available in your home.

Causes and symptoms of ear mites

Before we can look at the remedies, it wouldn’t hurt getting to know what exactly causes this painful condition and how you can spot it early enough. Well, just as the names suggests, this ailment is caused by mites, small microscopic creatures that love to feed on wax and oils in the ear canal. The mites could have stricken when the dog is out for a play, or could simply have been transmitted by your neighbour’s dog or cat.

So, how can you tell if your canine is suffering from ear mites? Well, the most common symptom is itching evidence. Your dog will frequently and continuously scratch the affected ear, with a dark-colored wax coming out of the canal. Other symptoms that might also occur include a strong odour, ear inflammation, black or thick brown crusts on their ear, and frequent shaking the head.

And Now to the Home Remedies

1. Corn Oil

corn oil

Corn oil is a great remedy for drawing the mites out and healing the inflamed parts of the ear. To achieve this, it works in a number of ways. Firstly, it soothes the skin and fastens the healing process. It also smoothers the ear mites, eradicating each one of them.. Here’s what do:

You will need...

  • Corn oil
  • An eye dropper
  • A cotton ball or ear swab

Directions

Open the eye dropper and add your corn oil inside. Now carefully put a few drops inside the dog’s ears, massaging them gently with a cotton ball or an ear swab to ensure even distribution of the oil.

Repeat this process either in the morning or in the evening every day, depending on the severity of the infection.

2. Almond oil and vitamin E

Almond oil

The combination of vitamin E and almond oil works in a wonderful way. It kills the majority of ear mites present, moisturizing and healing the skin. Here’s how to do it:

You will need...

  • 1/2 ounce almond oil
  • 400 IU vitamin E
  • Eye dropper
  • A cotton ball/ cotton swab

Directions

The first step is making a solution of almond and vitamin E. Mix both together and warm the mixture to reach about body’s temperature, and then apply about half an eye dropper directly to each ear.

Massage the inside of the ear using a cotton ball, removing any excess debris and mixture using a cotton swab. Do this every day for the entire week and then stop to monitor the dog’s progress.

3. White vinegar

vinegar

The acidic properties of while vinegar helps remove debris and dirt left behind by the mites, maintaining a much-needed healthy equilibrium inside the ears. Better yet, any ear mite that will come in contact with the white vinegar dies instantly.

You will need...

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 bowl warm water
  • A cotton ball

Directions

Dilute the white vinegar in warm water to get a solution. Now gently pour it into the dog’s ears, massaging them gently using a cotton ball. Do this at least once per week until you see results.

Tip/Note

It is crucial to understand that white vinegar is not good for pets that have intense irritation or sores inside their ears. It can cause a very uncomfortable stinging, adding more pain.

4. Yellow dock- root extract

Some ear mites can be stubborn and fail to respond to home treatments. In such a case, this remedy will prove to come in handy. It eradicates new hatchings until there are no more mites in the ears.

yellowdock root

Source

You will need...

  • 9 drops yellow root extract
  • 1 tablespoon warm water
  • An eye dropper

Directions

Mix the yellow dock root with the warm water, and then fill the eye dropper up to halfway. Put the whole amount into the affected ear and gently massage it immediately before your canine gets a chance to shake it out. Continue with this process every three days until you see results.

5. Mineral oil

A mineral treatment lasts for around 30 days, so ensure that you have enough to take you that long. The ear mites need nutrients to thrive, and that’s exactly where the mineral oil hits them. It does not provide the needed nutrients, eradicating the mites one by one.

You will need...

  • Mineral oil
  • An eye dropper
  • A cotton ball

Directions

Take the eye dropper and add the mineral oil up to halfway. Carefully place the drops directly inside the canine’s ears and massage them to ensure the oil reaches the ear canals. Now soak the cotton ball inside the mineral oil and cleanse the inside part of the ear flaps, doing it gently to ensure every area is generously covered. Do this about twice per week for a month.

Tip/Note

While this tip has been proven to work wonders when it comes to treating ear mites, it is good that you be patient as it doesn’t work instantly. It will take about a month or so to eradicate all the existing mites, preventing further progression.

6. Aloe vera

aloe

Whether you have aloe vera gel or the plant itself in your garden, it could be the savoir to keep your dog from the painful itching of ear mites. Vets recommend this remedy simply because it gives a safe and soothing relief inside the ears. What the aloe vera does is moisturizing the scabbed or inflamed skin. Here’s how to do it effectively:

You will need...

  • Aloe vera plant or gel
  • A cotton swab

Directions

Take the aloe vera plant and break off one of the ends to extract the juice. Take the cotton swab and apply the juice directly to it before massaging the inside of the ears gently. Do this at least once daily and you will begin to see results. If you are using the bottled aloe vera instead, use the same process.

7. Honey

honey

The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of honey will provide an effective remedy for your canine friend. For this, any type of honey works wonders, as long as it’s not the artificial one or has a lot of added sugar.

Just mix about three teaspoons of honey with about three ounces of water, and the stir the ingredients together. Squeeze the solution into your dog’s ears to cover all parts generously. As you do this, do not forget to keep the head of your dog still to prevent them from shaking out the honey. Repeat this process every other day and you will see results.

8. Hydrogen peroxide

hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is one of the most effective remedies you could use. However, it should only be applied on calm and cooperative dogs because the hydrogen peroxide can be disastrous to the dog’s eyes. Just to be on the safe side, avoid using an eye dropper, and instead use a cotton swab.

Now start by placing your canine friend on their side to prevent blockage, and then dab the swab inside the hydrogen peroxide, making sure it has enough and not dripping. Apply to the dog’s ears including the ear flaps. Do not go deep though. Use upward movement when wiping the ears to prevent debris from falling right back in the canal.

9. Bath your dog frequently

dog bath

Once mites attack a dog, they tend to spread to other parts of their bodies very quickly. They lay eggs in strategic areas, which mean that ear mites will not heal anytime soon. Ensure that you bath your dog at least three times per week.

Use shampoo to remove all the eggs and adult mites from the skin and hair, and pay special attention especially to the tail, neck and outside of the dog’s ears. As a general rule of thumb, allow the shampoo to soak for several minutes before you go ahead and rinse the dog with warm water.

10. Clean beddings and cages

That’s true. Chances are that there are some mites on the beddings and cage of your dog, something that makes it extremely hard to heal ear mites.

Whether your dog is on a treatment regime or not, clean everything that they use. Go an extra step and sterilize water bowls and food dishes as well.

Conclusion

There you have it! The next time your dog suffers from ear mites, do not rush to the vet just yet. Use any of these remedies and you will love the results. I have done extensive research and I can guarantee you that indeed they work wonders. Go ahead and share this article if you know someone with a dog and you will do them a big favour.

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