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Home Remedies for Ear Mites in Dogs

Erica Dalton Mar 26, 2019
If your dog constantly scratches its ears, it may have mites. These small parasites, besides being harmful, are terribly annoying for our pets. Therefore, let's see what are the symptoms of mites in the dog's ears, how they are diagnosed and what treatment you should follow.

Ear Mites in Dogs

The mites that live in the dog's ears are small parasites, a family of arthropods, tiny in size only visible under a microscope.

They are hematophagous, that is, they feed by sucking blood from the thin skin of the dog's ears. Mites can live inside the ear canal, but also in the entire area of the ear.
It is important to get rid of the mites from the ear of our dog as soon as we detect them. In addition to an intense itch, they can cause bacterial infections in the ear, due to their own activity, and dirt and debris that are deposited on the skin of the dog after feeding (mite feces).
The mites are rounded, with long legs to attach to the dog's skin, and white. However, they can not be seen with the naked eye due to their diminutive size.

Although this is not the only species of mites that can harm our dogs. There are many others, of different species and sizes that live in other areas of the body.

Do Ear Mites Spread From One Dog to Another?

Yes, this type of mite is easily spread between dogs, since they can pass from one animal to another while shaking their heads, or by physical contact when dogs lie down together, play or lick each other.

Symptoms of Ear Mites in Dogs

First of all, how do I know if my dog has mites in his ears?

● The dog is very stung by the ears, so it scratches continuously.

● Restrict your head against the furniture to try to calm down.

● Shake the head from side to side frequently due to itching.
● The skin of the ears and around them may be red or peeling.

● There is dark cerumus and abundant dirt inside the ear of the dog.

● The dog can develop bacterial infections in the ear.
For an accurate diagnosis, since the mites are too small to see with the naked eye, take your dog to the vet.

It can take a sample of cerumen from his ear and see it under a microscope, or use an otoscope, which is a small device with a beam of light, special to observe inside the ear. With these instruments, the veterinarian can see the small mites move.

How to Remove Ear Mites in Dogs

Mites are among the common ailments and diseases of dogs. Once your veterinarian confirms that they are mites, you can prescribe the appropriate pharmacological treatment, which is usually based on applying a few specific drops twice a day in the dog's ear for one or two weeks, depending on the product.
You will have to place in each ear the number of drops that your veterinarian indicates (this varies depending on which product you are using).

Home Remedies for Ear Mites in Dogs

Additionally, there is the home treatment of mites, based on oil. But, if your dog has been with mites for a long time, or if you are treating a stray or abandoned dog, the infestation will be huge and you will probably also have an ear infection.
In those cases, or if you notice that the dog's ear is damaged, irritated, infected, reddened or inflamed, it is not advisable to do these home treatments, but you must go directly to the veterinarian to prevent the infection causes permanent damage to the dog.
We are going to show two possibilities (you do not have to do both, only one of them is enough).

1. Home Remedy for Ear Mites in Dogs With Mineral Oil:

  • Mineral oil (only)
2. Almond Oil and Vitamin E:

This second remedy mixes two types of oils in equal parts, in a small bottle or container.

  • 30 grams of sweet almond oil
  • 30 grams of Vitamin E oil
In both cases, put the mineral oil, or the mixture of almond oil and vitamin E in a dropper (utensil to pour the liquid drop by drop).

Each day, apply 2 drops in each ear of your dog, massage well and make the liquid spread throughout the ear and the area surrounding it.

Treatment of Ear Mites in Dogs

Before applying any product to kill the mites, start cleaning the ears of your dog, to eliminate any wax that you can see. In that way, the mites can not hide there, when we use the substances to get rid of them.
To perform this cleaning, you can use cotton disks, which are usually used to remove makeup and, little by little we will remove all the dirt. Once both the ears are clean, we will apply the oil-based solution.

What the oil does is drown the mites, and prevent them from breathing, living and feeding normally. Thus, little by little they die.
If you are going to use the home remedies, you should do it once a day, for at least 3 weeks, in order to get rid of the adult mites and also kill the eggs and larvae, that are born in the meantime.

Does Dog Mites Infect Humans?

Are the mites in the ears of dogs contagious to humans? The answer is 'Yes', but fortunately, it is unlikely that a mite will travel from the ear of a dog to the ear of a person.
It could happen that, you touch the dogs ear infested with mites, and these reach your hand or your forearm. They could sting you and you would notice itching and reddening of the skin.

But as they are so small that traveling to your ear or hearing for them is very difficult, and that is why it is rare for a human being to get mites from the dog's ear.
However, for prevention, as soon as you suspect that your dog has mites in the ears, you should perform a treatment to eliminate them, without letting time pass.
If you are going to manipulate a dog with mites, it is a good idea to use disposable latex gloves.

If you have already manipulated the ears of a dog that has mites without gloves, you should wash your hands thoroughly and immediately. Also, apply a disinfectant on your skin.