UGH! I hate this time of year! Blaze is struggling with ear mites and it seems no matter what I do, nothing helps him feel better. As a mom, I hate seeing any of my fur kids struggling with anything that hurts. So being that we are a house who prefers to do things as close to natural remedies as possible, went on a search to find out what is the best and safest way to treat mites without harming your pet.
I should also comment that if you are wondering if your pet does have ear mites, there are some signs that usually are pretty good indicators.
If your pet is suffering from ear mites they will likely be constantly shaking their heads and scratching at their ears to rid themselves of the nasty pests and endless irritation. Telltale signs of the problem can be seen if you actually look into the ear itself. The ear may appear red and inflamed from all the scratching and although you will not see the mite culprit, there will be indications that it exists. You may notice a build up of wax within the ear as well as numerous black specks (likely spots of dried blood). In those cases where the ear mites have not been treated immediately or effectively, the mites will actually move down into the ear canal and cause an infection of the middle ear. This means that the animal may appear to be off balance and might be unable to hold its head up straight.
You will want to clean out the ear(s) affected. We use an eye dropper or syringe (preferably in an unopened package for sterility and with no needle). There are other types of oil you can use (mineral oil, Almond oil and/or vegetable oil), we chose olive oil.
With the olive oil, we put a used a teaspoon and poured the olive oil onto it. Next we took a match and lit it, placing it back and forth underneath the spoon to gently heat it up. The olive oil is then put into the syringe (it works out to about 2tsp). I then took my dog and gently inserted the syringe into his ear, a bit on the outside to coat and then a tsp into each ear, gently massaging each ear to make sure the oil gets down deep into his ear canal. The warmth of the oil, is soothing to him, it helps in healing the ears, as well as it smothers the mites.
I will probably do this twice a day for about 6 days and then give him a rest for about 3 days and if necessary, repeat. Make sure to clean their ears with a cotton ball to pick up any extra that may have fallen out of the ears. If you see any crumbly stuff and it is dark with black specks, that is from the mites themselves and the faster you treat the ears, the sooner you alleviate the discomfort and avoid having a middle ear infection. This means that the animal may appear to be off balance and might be unable to hold its head up straight.
Some other things that have worked is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), pets don’t like it, but it does work. Again using an eye dropper to insert the ACV. It may sting if there is any cuts or abrasions from the scratching. I would suggest using one part ACV to 2 parts water. Again, use a syringe and insert into each ear. The acv will help remove the mites and restore balance to the dog’s ears.
I’m not a veterinarian and am sharing this information as a means to help your pet with common household items that have been used not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.