Ear mites in Dogs
Ear mites are microscopic, spider-like, parasitic organisms that are a prime cause of ear infection in dogs. They thrive in warm and moist areas of the ear canals and feed on epidermal debris and ear wax. Dogs with long floppy ears are more prone to ear mites than others.
Symptoms of Ear mites in Dogs :-
Infected pets will show signs and symptoms of
- Persistent scratching and itching to provide relief and sometimes causes bleeding
- Intense irritation
- Characteristic shaking of the head
- Severe pain in the ears, become sensitive to touch
- Foul odor from ears
- Increase in ear wax production
- Restless behavior
- Excessive shaking causes damage to small blood vessels, sometimes causing hematomas.
- If left untreated, causes damage to the ear canals and ear drums, deformity of ears, possible deafness and bacterial infections.
Home remedies for Ear mites in dogs :-
Since this is a common pet condition, it is advisable to try out home remedies for ear mites in dogs before resorting to chemical means. Ears must be cleaned of the waxy substance before applying prescription medication or using home remedies.
- Clean the gunky black stuff from the ears using a thin cloth or cotton balls dipped with olive oil, almond oil, corn oil, mineral or any vegetable oil. This medication is then rubbed or massaged into the ear canal. This should be continued for two weeks even after the dog is cured, to ensure that all ear mites are killed as they progress through their life cycle. Application of oils soothes the skin, combats ear mites and speeds the healing process.
- Dilute nine drops of Yellow Dock root extract with one tablespoon of water. Application of this mixture in the ears, for many weeks, can effectively eradicate the issue of ear mites.
- A tea infusion with Yellow Dock root extract can be used as a final rinse after shampooing.
- Dog vets often recommend using acetic acid or vinegar to remove dirt and debris to revitalize a healthy equilibrium within the ears.
Note: - Do not use vinegar on sore or ulcerated ears as it can sting.
Other Ear mite remedies :-
- Revolution – A parasiticide that can be applied onto the skin of the dog, six weeks or older, to treat and prevent heartworm disease, adult fleas and eggs and ear mites in dogs.
- Oily insecticides - Can be purchased from any local pet stores to clean ear canals.
- Keep a dog’s ears dry; trim internal ear hair periodically to increase air circulation as this controls growth of bacteria, yeast and fungi.
Always seek our dog vet’s advice, before you decide to use over the counter medication, to treat ear mites in dogs. Consult our vets online for more information, symptoms, and treatment for ear mites in dogs, various other issues and much more.