How to Get Rid of Ear Mites Naturally

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Ear mites are irritating for pets and if left untreated can lead to deafness. Thankfully, for those interested in homeopathy, your household has remedies for this problem. Your pet will thank you for handling those niggling ear mites. Before you buy chemicals from the store, consider a home remedy. It's important to note that not every treatment works for all animals, so you may need to try several remedies in order to find the one that works for your furry friend.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Yellow dock root extract
  • Eyedropper
  • Household oil
  • Water
  • Cotton balls

Ear mites leave behind a brown waxy substance with an offensive smell. Clean this substance from the ears using a damp cloth. Once the area is clean, you will be ready to proceed with treating the affected areas.

Try an oil treatment. Use an eyedropper to place a few drops of corn oil, mineral oil, almond oil or olive oil combined with vitamin E (to promote healing) into the animal’s ear. Use a cotton ball to clean the infected region. Repeat this process once a day for three to six days. The oil serves to sooth skin. It also smothers the ear mites, and quickens the process of healing. For continued ear maintenance, repeat once a week for six weeks.

If oil fails as a solution, move on to a yellow dock root treatment. Yellow dock root extract is available at most homeopathic supply stores. Mix nine drops of the extract and 1 tbsp. of water. Fill a dropper and drop half of the concoction into each ear. Repeat this process every two days for four to six weeks.

Use vinegar to alleviate the problem. Vinegar can still the infected area, but the treatment is often very effective. The acidity of the vinegar serves to remove dirt and debris, revitalizing healthy equilibrium in the ears. Small amounts of diluted vinegar are recommended. Mix one part vinegar and two parts water. Pour the remedy into the ears with a dropper. Thoroughly massage the mix into the ears. Gently wipe the inside of both ears with a cotton ball.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ear mites are chronic in some animals. You may need to combine treatment with preventative maintenance by cleaning your animal's ears every two to three days as a part of animal care.
  • Do not ignore ear mites as prolonged neglect could cause your animal to go deaf. Ear mite eggs are likely to resist home treatments, but once hatched, continuous treatment will prevent new hatchlings from reproducing. If the animal is not healed by homeopathic treatment, see your veterinarian for a more traditional chemical solution.

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