How to Get Rid Of Ear Mites in Dogs - Treatments and Home Remedies
For canine ear mites your veterinarian will first clean the earswith a product like .Medications are then applied in one to two treatments applied to theearcanal. Ear drops contain a miticide with popular brands called Acarexx(an invermectin .01% based mitcide) or MilbeMiteOTIC (.1% solution of milbemycin oxime). The dropsmay need to be used 1x to 2x. Revolution (Selamectin) is then appliedtwice at 30 day intervals to protect against any mites (Revolution isis a spot-on fordogs older than 6 weeks of age only). If there are signs of a bacterialor fungal infection in the ears, medications will be prescribed totreat these conditions as well.
Ear mites can also live in other spots on your dog’s body, including the feet and tail. Therefore, it is important to apply a flea treatment all over your dog’s body to eliminate ectopic mites, as well.
Yes. However, ear mites have evolved to prefer dogs and cats rather than people. In people's ears, mites die without treatment after a few weeks, but they can be treated and removed as soon as they are diagnosed, just as they are for your pet. People who have had ear mites report that the infection nearly drove them insane because they could hear the scratching in their head, and because of the irritating sensation caused as the mites moved. People also report that they suffered from intense itching, heat, and inflammation. Some treatments for ear mites can involve weeks of putting chemicalson your dog's skin, or injections that are dangerous to some breeds. Using home remedies may provide a solution to this, if they are used conscientiously, however don't put your dog's hearing at risk. If the infection does not clear up quickly, take him to the vet.Beginning treatment with a clean ear is essential. Wash the ear witha soft rag and warm water, but do not use cotton swabs as they cancause damage to the ear canal by pushing infection and debris furtherin. There are many treatments available for eliminating ear mites. Ifyou opt for medicated remedies, select one containing an insecticide,such as ivermectin. Products lacking insecticide are not effective atridding mites from the ears. You will likely be given a topical remedyto apply inside the ear once or twice daily. If ear mites have migratedto your dog's head, back or tail, a flea product containing insecticidewill usually be prescribed or recommended.A: Dog ear mites are normally accompanied by red, itchy ears, a bad smell and/or dirty, gunky, or waxy discharge coming from the dog’s ear. The only way to determine with complete certainly whether these conditions are from ear mites is to take a sample of the dirty content of your dog’s ear and put it under a microscope. Regardless of the cause, a broad-spectrum treatment like EcoEars® can remove the problem whether it’s caused by ear mites or something else.A: The short answer is you can’t know for sure unless you do lab testing. In fact, often when treatment is prescribed for ear mites, there is a simultaneous secondary infection which goes undiagnosed. EcoEars acts as a natural broad spectrum disinfectant and treats the vast majority of infections, so you don’t have to know exactly what is causing your dog’s ear infection to cure it. Most people have heard of ear mites and know they are a relatively common parasite of dogs and cats. Unfortunately, there is a tendency in the general public to assume their pet's inflamed ear is due to ear mites, when in fact a is present. This commonly leads to weeks of inappropriate treatment with an over the counter ear mite product rather than with an appropriate ear topical. Even if ear mites are actually present, there have been tremendous advances in treatment such that weeks of oily ear cleanings have been largely supplanted by single use products. We have assembled this FAQ to help explain ear mite infection in light of the most current information.