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If your dog is permanently scratching his ears, he may have mites. How to clear ear mites in dogs? We will try to answer this question.
Learn to Identify These Parasites in Your Dog's Ears
In addition to being harmful, these little parasites are terribly annoying for our pets. Therefore, we will review what are the symptoms of mites in your dog's ears, how they are diagnosed and what treatment you should follow. We will also show you two home remedies to kill mites without using artificial chemicals.
What Do Mites Do in Your Dog's Ears?
The mites that live in the dog's ears are small parasites, family of arthropods, tiny in size, and only visible under a microscope. They are hematophagous (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 ear area.
It is important to rid our dog of ear mites as soon as we detect them. In addition to intense itching, they can cause bacterial infections in the ear, due to their own activity and the dirt and debris that they deposit on the dog's skin after feeding (mite feces).
Symptoms of Ear Mites in Dogs
First, how do I know if my dog has mites in their ears? The most frequent symptoms are:
- The dog's ears itch a lot, so they scratch continuously
- Rubs head against furniture to try to calm down
- Shakes head from side to side frequently due to itching
- The skin in and around the ears may be red or scaly
- Visible dark wax and abundant dirt in the dog’s ear
- Bacterial infections in the ear
If you discover a large amount of blackish wax in your dog's ear, you may suspect that it is due to mites.
For an accurate diagnosis (since the mites are too small to see with the naked eye) take your dog to the vet. He may take a sample of the wax from their ear and view it under a microscope or use an otoscope (a small device with a beam of light designed to look inside the ear). With these instruments the vet can detect the small mites.
How to Get Rid of Mites from Your Dog's Ears?
Mites are among the most common ailments and diseases of dogs. Once your vet confirms that they are mites, he can prescribe the appropriate drug treatment.
This is generally based on applying a few specific drops twice a day to the dog's ear for one to two weeks, depending on the product. You will have to place in each ear the number of drops indicated by your veterinarian (this varies depending on the product you are using).
Home Diagnosis for Mites in Your Dog’s Ears
If your dog has been infected with mites for a long time, or if you are treating a stray or abandoned dog, the infection will be huge and will probably also reach the inner ear. If you notice that the dog's ear is damaged, irritated, infected, red, or inflamed, it is not advisable to apply home treatment. In these cases, it is better to go directly to the vet to prevent the infection from causing permanent damage to the dog.
Treatment of Mites
Before applying any product to kill dog mites, you should start by cleaning their ears well to remove any remaining wax that you can see. This way, we can avoid mites from hiding in this location later when we use the substances to get rid of them.
How to Clear Ear Mites in Dogs Using Home Remedies
We are going to show two possible remedies (you do not have to do both, just choose one of them).
1) Home remedy for mites with mineral oil
- Mineral oil (only)
2) Natural remedy for mites with almond oil and vitamin E
This second remedy mixes two types of oils in equal parts, in a small bottle or container. Ingredients:
- 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). Apply 2 drops daily in each of your dog’s ears, massage well, and make the liquid spread throughout the ear and the area around it.