Dog Ear Mites Home Remedy Olive Oil

Simple Ear Mite Remedies at Home

Ear mites can actually be treated in several ways. They are most active at night, so clean and treat the ears each evening at bedtime.

Symptoms of Ear Mites in Dogs

Ear mites love to eat away at the oils and wax in your dog’s ear. This may cause your furry friend to scratch their head more than they should. Excessive and aggressive scratching around the ears and frequent shaking of the head are the first signs that your dog may have ear mites.

A thick red-brown or black crusts in the outer ear, which is crumbled and congealed blood, typically follows the scratching. These clusters of dried blood may come together to create clumps in the ear canal that resemble coffee grounds.

In order to verify if mites are truly present, your veterinarian should be involved and take appropriate samples of the material. The material will be analyzed by microscope to determine if mites are the cause of the head shaking and ear flapping.

Many other causes contribute to head shaking in dogs: otitis externa (external ear disease) secondary to allergies, foreign bodies (e.g. pieces of plants, seeds, even Legos have been found in the ears), neurologic disorders, among others. It is very important that the correct diagnosis is made prior to instituting therapy.

Because of the constant scratching, your dog may agitate their skin and create abrasions or scratches on the backside of their ears. If your dog scratches too hard at the external ear canal or pinna (ear flap), it can cause damage to the canal that can lead to a secondary infection.

Secondary infections can be diagnosed by your veterinarian through microscopic evaluation and treatment instituted. Some cases of ear mites may actually not only be found in the ear canals but also on the haired skin as well. This can create scratching around the base of the ears and also the neck. The incessant scratching from these extreme cases can lead to infections that cause pus and even hair loss.

Are There Other Alternatives to Treat Mites at Home?

Another therapy, one I have not needed since I have had good results with killing the mites with olive oil, is to use a dilute yellow dock solution (yellow dock is Rumex crispus) and treat the ears every three days for six weeks.

The yellow dock solution is diluted nine drops to 15 drops of water, but you can buy it in an herbal pharmacy already diluted and ready to use. I have also heard of using the yellow dock on other parts of the body where the mites spread, but if you destroy the infection in the ears, this probably wont even be needed.

Your dog will be much happier after the ear mites are gone.

FAQ

Does olive oil get rid of mites?

Home Remedies for Ear Mites in Dogs
  1. Soak green tea leaves in hot water for a few minutes. It only needs to soak for as long as it normally takes to make a cup of tea.
  2. Let it get to room temperature.
  3. Flush your dog’s ear with the substance.
  4. Repeat this once a day for a month.

How do you use olive oil for mites?

Both olive oil and mineral oil are thought to smother or drown the mites, but neither will treat the secondary infection (yeast or bacteria) that is almost always also present,” Nold said. An ear mite infection usually produces a dry, black ear discharge and itchy ears including scratching the ears and head shaking.

How do I use olive oil for my dogs ears?

You can put olive oil in the ears every other night for six weeks, and the mites will drown. The adults are going to die right away on the first night you treat the ears with olive oil. As the new mites hatch over the next six weeks, they will also drown in the olive oil, and the problem will be eliminated.