Ear mites in dogs can be
very irritating and even painful for your dog to deal with. It
is important to seek treatment for an ear mite infestation as
soon as possible. There are a number of veterinarian prescribed
treatments available, as well as some home remedies you can
include to help ease inflammation and to cleanse the ears. Ear
mites will not go away on their own. Ear mites in dogs will
continue to reproduce in the ear canal and eventually lead to
other infections. Ear mites can actually spread to other areas
of your dog's body and they are extremely contagious.
Dog ear mites are often mistaken for ear infections, and
vice versa. It is important to keep an eye on symptoms in order
to seek proper treatment. Dog ear mite treatment should be
started as soon as the mites are diagnosed. If left untreated,
dog ear mites can lead to hearing loss, infect the bloodstream
and bacteria can spread to vital organs.
There are some
home remedies for ear mites in dogs you may give to your dog to
help fight off an infestation of ear mites. Always talk to your
doctor if the infestation becomes worse or secondary infections
occur. These home remedies may be found at your local health
food or grocery stores.
Olive oil - Use a cotton swab or
cotton ball to clean out your dog's ears. Apply olive oil to the
ear and gently massage. The olive oil should be at a warm
temperature. Olive oil helps to kill ear mites and heals any
wounds caused by ear mites.
Vinegar - The acidity of the
vinegar helps to remove debris caused by ear mites as well as
speed up the healing process. Mix one part vinegar with two
parts warm water in a spray bottle and gently spray onto your
dog's ear. Gently clean out the canal with a cotton swab and pat
dry with a towel.
Essential oils - Almost any essential
oil is beneficial for your dog's infected ears. Massage a few
drops of almond oil or tea tree oil into your dog's ear canal.
The oil will suffocate the mites and will not cause harm to the
Garlic oil - Garlic is a natural antibiotic.
Apply a few drops of garlic oil into your dog's ear and massage
in. Garlic oil will not only smother the ear mites, but will
stop the spread of bacteria and help to replenish your dog's
immune system. You can also make your own garlic oil by using a
whole clove mixed with olive oil.
Warm compress - This is
likely the most soothing home remedy for ear mites in your dog.
A warm compress will help stop itching and relieve sore ears.
You can use a warm compress after applying any oil treatment to
the inside of the ear as well. Apply the warm towel to the
outside of the ear and hold for 30 seconds at a time.
Trim ear hair - If your dog has lots of ear hair, it is best to
trim the hair before applying any medicated treatments or home
remedies. This will help the medication work more efficiently.
It is also beneficial to fully clean any of your dog's
bedding and vacuum regularly while treating ear mites. This will
help to stop the spread of ear mites, and even though mites
cannot survive without a host, the eggs may hatch and those
mites may quickly infect your dog again.
that ear mites are very contagious to other dogs and other
animals. Keep your dog away from any other animals in the house
when treating your dog for ear mites.