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Ear Mites in Dogs

Ear mites in dogs 

Home Remedies for Ear Mites in Dogs

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 ear canal.

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.

Don't forget 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.

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