Home Remedy For Ear Mites – ear mites are tiny parasites which live on the surface of your dog or cats skin, in and around the ear. Like scabies in humans these mites pierce the skin and for your pet this causes inflamation and pain, and can cause infections.
Ear mites tend to be passed from one animal to another, maybe even parent to child, and can pass from one household pet to another, so if one pet is infected you will need to treat all of them.
Home remedies to treat ear mites are very popular as many people do not want to use the chemical solutions provided by many vets. Home remedy solutions for ear mites commonly used include vitamin E and olive oil mixed together and applied liberally over the ear canal and rubbed into the surface of the ear, then remove any excess. When you clean the ear after the application you may remove debris also, this is the debris left by the mites.
There are two parts of the equation when treating ear mites, one is to kill the mites themselves and the other is to reduce the inflamation and potentially infection. The oil and vitamin treatment carried on every few days for a period of around a week should kill the mites, and it also prevents infection.
Other herbal and natural remedies with reported success in treating ear mites in pets include using Corn Oil rather than Olive Oil, again this smothers the mites but again it must be sustained over a period to ensure all mites are removed.
It has also been reported that these oil treatments may need to be continued for a longer period, up to 3 or 4 weeks, it depends upon the mite eggs. If you stop after a week the eggs themselves may still be intact and so will hatch a few weeks later, and you will need to start again. If however you keep the treatment going then any eggs that hatch will also be smothered by the oil and the mites will not be able to reproduce, eventually all trace will be gone after 4 weeks.
This solution is often seen as preferable to the chemicals a vet may recommend, although the process may be slower but you will know your pet is not going to be harmed by the treatment itself.