Last Modified on Jun 26, 2014
Ear Mites can be a horribly irritating and painful problem for our pets to be affected by and can lead to a serious infection; so the sooner they are dealt with, the better. An ear mite is a tiny little creature that lives in the surface of your pet's ear. The condition is highly transmittable and can be passed from pet to pet either via direct contact or by way of humans who carry the mite from an infected pet to those uninfected ones.
If your pet is suffering from ear mites they will likely be constantly shaking their heads and scratching at their ears to rid themselves of the nasty pests and endless irritation. Telltale signs of the problem can be seen if you actually look into the ear itself. The ear may appear red and inflamed from all the scratching and although you will not see the mite culprit, there will be indications that it exists. You may notice a build up of wax within the ear as well as numerous black specks (likely spots of dried blood). In those cases where the ear mites have not been treated immediately or effectively, the mites will actually move down into the ear canal and cause an infection of the middle ear. This means that the animal may appear to be off balance and might be unable to hold its head up straight.
The first step in helping your pet is to clean out the ear and try to relieve some of the discomfort. Use an eyedropper or syringe (without the needle) to insert some Vegetable or Olive Oil into the ear canal. While keeping your pet's head still (as they will want to immediately shake the substance out) massage the ear thoroughly to loosen any deeply impacted mite dirt (you may be able to gently squeeze some of it up and out of the ear). Use cotton balls to clean the ears and only attempt to use q-tips very carefully being sure not to allow them to enter portions of the deeper ear canal. In order to relieve irritation caused by the mites, use a natural treatment of Psorinum or Sulphur.
In order to actually kill the mites there are a couple of natural remedies that you can make at home. The first one is a mixture of 9 drops of Yellow Dock Root Extract and 1 tablespoon of water. Use an eyedropper to insert the treatment into the pet's ear, being sure to massage it well prior to the animal having the opportunity to shake it out. Administer the treatment once every three days for a period of six weeks.
The second treatment mixes 1/2 an ounce of Almond Oil with 400 IU's of Vitamin E. Warm up the mixture to body temperature and apply 1/2 an eyedropper into each affected ear. Massage the mixture around in the ear and remove the excess with cotton balls. Administer the treatment for a period of six days, leave it for three days and then repeat.
|Mineral Oil||7 YEAS|
|Ted\'s Mange Cure||5 YEAS|
|Hand Sanitizer||5 YEAS|
|Multiple Remedies||5 YEAS|
Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Yellow Dock Root
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Boric Acid
- Campho Phenique
- Castor Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Ear Mites and People
- Ear Wash
- Garlic in Olive Oil
- Gentian Violet and Rubbing Alcohol
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Green Tea
- Green Tea and Olive Oil
- Hand Sanitizer
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Mineral Oil
- Multiple Remedies
- Neem Oil
- Olive Oil and Peppermint Oil
- Olive Oil, Vitamin E and Yellow Dock
- Pure Aloe Vera Gel
- Remedies Needed
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Mange Cure
- Vegetable Oil
- Vegetable Oil and Iodine
- Vicks Vapor Rub
- Vinegar, Oil
- Vitamin E, Hand Sanitizer
- Yellow Dock
09/15/2010: Cheryl from St. marys, Wva Pleasants: "My vet said, dogs rarely get earmites. Is this true?"Replies
10/06/2011: Wanda from London, England replies: "Thanks so much for the advice about ear mites. My elderly cat would have not made it throught the trauma of a trip to the vet but I have now rid her of the ear mites. Just a few scars was worth it. On me that is!"
01/30/2012: Avery from Hewitt, Nj replies: "Hi, y'all!! I have an 11 year old Purebred Chocolate Lab... And she started getting a bad ear infection about 6months ago, and I have tried everything to get rid of it! I couldn't figure out if it was an ear infection (bacterial) or ear mites, and it was ruining her normally bubbly personality, not to mention making the ear canal raw red and bleed!! :( So, I tried everything I could think of, for both Ear Infections and Ear Mites, including some of the following (you can use these if you want! )... 50% Apple Cider Vinegar/50% Water, 50% Rubbing Alcohol/50% Water, Canola Oil with 2 cloves of Garlic left overnight and then removed the next day and using the oil (4-5 drops using a child's medicine dropper) to smother the mites 2 times daily, Rx Drops from the Vet (Tresaderm, I had to get the script filled 2 times because the first time didn't work, either did the second round for that matter.. That's how I knew it was Mites and not an infection. ) And I also used Amoxicillan 500mg (human Rx Pills) 2x daily, and THAT didn't work!
So, I was rummaging through my old medicine drawer, and I found old ear infection drops for me that were well expired, but it was a full bottle. So I figured, what the heck? The drops were called Cipro HC, OTC. The ingredients are Ciprofolaxin (.2% HCL)and Hydrocortisone (1% Otic Suspension. ) I swear to you, this poor dog was walking sideways because her equilibrium was compromised from these mites, and the first night I cleaned her ear with a cleaner and then used 2 drops of this stuff, no joke, the next morning, the ear looked almost back to normal!!! I only had to use 3 Q-Tips to get gunk out, which is brilliant compared to the 10-11 I used to have to use (and that's using both ends of each one! ) I used the drops again that morning, 2 drops, and again that night, and by the next morning, I didn't even need to use any Q-Tips!!!!
The first time I inserted the drops, she got a little uncomfortable, but the Hydrocortisone may have stung a little because she had open sores inside the ear canal. But it's been about 3 weeks since I stopped using the drops, and she is back to her old self!!!!
Before you use these drops, First, determine the amount of drops needed for your type of dog. My dog is about 60 lbs, and I used 2 drops, I could have used 3 but I didn't want to push it... but if you have a smaller dog, try one small drop first and see how the dog does, then adjust accordingly.
Use an ear cleaner from a Pet Shop or just use some warm water and Q-Tips. ** MAKE SURE you don't push the Q-Tip too far into the ear canal, as you could puncture the Ear Drum. Clean any debris out of the ear, and use a tissue outside of the ear to pat it dry. Then, insert the drops, and massage the dogs ear canal from the outside for about a minute. (It is basically the area right below the opening of the ear. ) Close the flap of the dogs ear so the ear canal is no longer exposed before massaging it.
Once you've massaged the drops in, try not to let your dog shake their head too much. If they do, it's not the end of the world, that's why you massaged the drops in, to assure that they made it deep into the source of the problem. Once you have massaged the drops in, "open" the ear back up, exposing the ear canal, and see if there is any fluids or pus around the flap of the ear or in the crevices inside the ear. If there are, just use either a Q-Tip or a tissue, and lightly remove that gunk. That could lead to a bacterial infection if left there.
Do this 2x a day, and use a flashlight to ensure you can see everything going on in the ear. Do not overdo the drops, as it could dry the ear out too much. Dogs need a certain amount of moisture in their ears to prevent further infections.
I hope this helps!!
Feel free to email me if you have any questions.
****I am NOT a Veterinarian, and the article above is simply MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. The information provided is not factually proven to be used on dogs, I just tried it with my dog and it worked. PLEASE use this information at YOUR OWN DISCRETION. I hold NO responsibility if anything should happen to your pet as a result of following the regamine I describe below. I can ensure you, however, that the information I have provided above is true to MY experience, and I hope this helps you!"
02/15/2012: Gloria from Waterloo, Ny replies: "I have cats and when I see them itching their ear, I give them a squirt of full strength apple cider vinegar in the ear and it does the job. They don't like it, but it works."
10/10/2012: Bobbie from Mansfield, Ar,72944. replies: "I was wondering I, have two 11 month old puppies, for earmites if you don't have vegtable oil or olive oil can you use conola oil?"
05/19/2013: Andrenyc from New York, Ny, Usa replies: "For ear mites (dogs or cats, in my case, cat) I found Ted's mange cure very effective. Look up Ted's mange cure for more info: http://earthclinic.com/pets/dog_mange_cure.html#teds"
02/05/2014: Iknow from Kjk609@gmail.com replies: "The dirt that you see in your cats or dogs ears doesn't mean that you see a mite. Mites are not visible by a naked eye .but they're in that dirt very possibly."
02/12/2009: Iris from Dearborn, Michigan: "For those who use water to clean ear mites on cats/dogs...please be careful. Water will worsen the problem-- it will add bacteria to the canal. The main problems with ear mites are "us" humans (me included). Ear mites are hard to get rid off, but, if you follow the Vet's instruction, these little creatures will go away. We are very impatient and will try anything to get rid of the pesky ear mites. Animals cannot talk, therefore they cannot tell whether it hurts or not. We just keep adding stuff to their canal until we see a "clean ear". Would you like to be treated that way? If not, then, please stop.
Also, you can always tell if a Vet is a good one or not. Just ask: "How many animals do you have?". They usually have few dogs and cats in the house. They will tell you stories of previous animals, and they will also treat your animals with respect. If you do not see these qualities, then, you need to find a new Vet.
Happy days with your pets!
10/18/2011: A.h.s. from Wichita, Ks replies: "Wow guys, I was looking for a home remedy and got an opinion war. Although I find it amusing, none of it was helpful. herbal remedies may not be appropriate for your animal, I think the majority of you all need to try some herbal remedy and chill out."
11/04/2011: Denise from Columbia, Tn replies: "Well you know that's what you are going to get when you ask for help. People's opinion! Don't ask if you don't want!"
11/25/2008: Rob from Hamilton, Canada: "I found most Vets to be rip off artists. Preying on the emotional bonds between man and animal. I know so many people that have fallen victim to the worst Vets crooks out there. If you can help your pet without going to a vet by holistic means, than do it. The advice here it great. However, don't try anything on your pets that you wouldn't try on yourself or your kids."Replies
12/13/2008: Ken from Ft Collins, Colorado replies: "You are so correct in stating the heinous nature of some veterinarians. I have a cat that has this problem with infections around the anal glands. Instead of treating the problem like a responsible vet should, one I took my cat to, donned a latex glove, coated two fingers and commenced to stick them up my poor cats butt. Then he had the audacity to charge me $75.00. A wiser and more compassionate vet said, "That was totally shocking behavior", and wondered if she should report that activity to the proper authorities. Stating that was blatant animal abuse. Needless to say, I now take my cats to this compassionate vet. The compassionate vet only charged $10.00 for a regiment of antibiotic's."
02/01/2009: Sabrina from Los Angeles, CA replies: "To Ken from Fort Collins: The first vet you took your cat to merely expressed your cat's anal glands, a routine and perfectly professional procedure. If a cat (or dog) is not expressing their anal glands themselves (this is normally done naturally when they poop), they can become impacted and then infected. Regular anal gland expressions can prevent infections. I, for one, would rather have a vet express my pet's anal glands than have one not do it and just dole out antibiotics."
02/07/2010: Rosie7 from Seatlle, Washington replies: "Rob,
This is crap advice you're giving. I've never had any problem locating a reputable and caring vet. Although I worked as a herbalist and nutritional consultant for years and therefore, appreciate the benefits of alternative treatments; I am abhorred by people who subject innocent parties to the irresponsible practices of those who purport herbal treatments as an alternative to medicine. They are not. If your animal, or child, is sick you take it to the doctor to get a diagnosis and a proper course of treatment. Just recently, a well-intended but incredibly irresponsible herbalist recommended in full confidence a herbal treatment for frequent urination in a cat without having any actual diagnosis. Rather than prescribing, the responsible thing for the herbalist to have done would have been to strongly recommend the pet owner take their sick pet to a vet. In reality, this poor unfortunate cat was severely diabetic and rather than receiving insulin, it was prescribed a cranberry tincture. The owner decided to abandon this very sick cat when the folk remedy didn't work and by the time I received the animal it could not even stand properly and had to be put down. Taking a 2 year herbal course (in an uncredited college) is not remotely equivalent to 7 - 8 years of veterinarian school (university). Unfortunately, animals are the most vulnerable to this sort of negligence because animal laws do not protect them by fining and penalizing cheap and lazy owners."
02/09/2010: Pat from Laurel, Maryland replies: "It is not crap, My dog died at the hands of a veterinarian who chose to use a cattle & horse drug without my informed consent. He was to have a neuter surgery, NO SURGERY and my dog is gone. I had a necropsy and my dog was a young HEALTHY dog as per the report. Then they lied to me and charged me despite my dog died. You need to be very careful.These things do happen and I am not the only one. I am in a group of many veternar victims. You need to be a informed pet owner. www.mutleyandme.org. I invite you to visit. There are currently some drug recalls and deadly drugs that the veterinarians are not telling you about. I am glad that your experience is a good one but don't be closed minded. I have much proof including the drug manufacturer's adverse drug report that states NOT recommended for cats & dogs, yet it was still used on my little dog. XYLAZINE, METACAM, RIMAYDL,KETAMINE recalled have all contributed to many pets deaths. Please before you take you beloved pet, do your research. I am devastated from my loss. My life is not the same as it once was."
06/03/2010: Lisa from Wichita Falls, Texas replies: "For Rosie in Seattle, this is not crap!one of my cats a few years ago was in bad shape and needed put down,which killed me! Anyway,I called a vet that I had been to before and cried and begged them to please let me bring him in and if they would put him down I would pay them when I got paid in 2 weeks. I begged! They told me NO! So, I had to call and have him picked up so he could be put out of his misery. That killed me so much and it still bothers me today! So,just like human doctors,if you don't have money up front, then to heck with you! My baby was suffering and I cried and begged and they still told me no!!"
09/02/2010: Jesus-loves-you4709 from Barry, Texas, Usa replies: "I had a similar problem with an emergency vet in florida that I took one of my dogs to.. He needed emergency surgery and I wouldn't have the money until the morning. I begged them to do the surgery and I would pay them in the morning, they said NO! Needless to say we lost him on the trip back home... I agree that you need to find a good vet and then be loyal to them if they are loyal to you... And now days a good vet is hard to find... Most of them are in the business for the money NOT the love of the animal!"
12/28/2010: Jennifer from Thurmont, Md replies: "Look I am a vet tech from the state of Maryland and I can agree with a few comments about SOME vets being irresponsible about staying up to date with medical practices and medications, as well as some trying to just get paid. I do not agree with the advice to try to treat your pets at home all Willy nilly without any kind of medical knowledge!!! I worked at an emergency clinic for many years and let me tell you that doing things at home to your dog that you found online can be the difference between his living and dying and also if not that you could be taking a 100 dollar bill and multiplying it by any amount depending on your degree of idiocy and stubbornness.
I have quit clinics after just a few days because I could not be a part of something destructive because that is not the reason I chose this line of work. I do agree that the cost is sickening and since I stopped working to be at home with my baby I have been disgusted with our local vets but because I was spoiled working at a clinic that would adopt an animal that was sick but the owners did not have enough money instead of putting the animal down. I felt sick to my stomach last year after having the local emergency vet of the town we moved to said the only option was to put down my sick cat if me the mother of 2 kids with 6 other adopted pets could not pay thousands of dollars at pick up of my cat. After all the years I put in to this profession because I moved I get treated like this! Needless to say he rests in peace now and not a day goes by do I not regret my decision to move and not have the same vets close by. I do try home remedies at home for simple things but I know what is the difference and I still bring my pets to the proper vet when I know they need help I cannot give at home. Trust me though if I had the same resources it would be different."
07/15/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Usa replies: "My deepest sympathy goes to those that lost their loving pets by way of vets. Negligence. I too encountered the same problem, my loving beautiful Zoey was healthy an playful until I brought her to a vet in New Hampshire for her usual check up & up dated her shots, she was given an unknown pill which caused her death, I later found out the pill was an antihistamine it made her heart beat faster where she was already frieghtened so twice the heart rate. The vet was lucky he died at home because neither one of us would have left his office. I have a website where is says vets. have the right to experiment any type of drug on our animals they choose. And this so called vet has cats/dogs as well. That sounds rather hard to believe.
Here is a great story on lab animals, nothing graphic but interesting;
Here is a story stating that animals in lab tests are not accurate what so ever
There is some great info. Here Thanks"
07/15/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Usa replies: "There is a website where we can voice our real opinions if anyone cares to.
I feel the need to let my voice be heard as to the truth and what is happening with vets. Here is one vet. tech. defending a vet. She works an cares for as a vet. so I can understand her defending him/her but we too need to be heard.
I hope to see you all there....Thanks"
10/08/2011: D from Kalamazoo, Mi replies: "I think we are lucky when we find one vet in 50 that cares more about the animals than he does about how much money preying on people who love their animals can make him. And I believe the same of the human medical field, also. It is all a money making scam. And once in awhile you run across some one who got there for the right reasons. I take care of my family and pets at home carefully and naturally whenever I can. Then I go to the vet or doctor and I use my good sense before I take stupid, expensive, advice."
03/28/2012: Altaz from Regina, Sk, Canada replies: "The vet here charges an arm and a leg for just walking through the door, so if he's not dying he's not going. Is a completely indoor cat. I tried the usual home remedies online and nothing worked. So I came up with an even better home remedy that worked.
Soak the tobacco from 2 cigarettes in about 100 ml of water for half an hour, strain out tobacco with a coffee filter. Use eye dropper to squirt in the cats ear and massage ear afterwards.
Worked extremely well. the cat just asked to be notified next time he needed them so he could have sex first."
08/31/2012: Dragonfly from Plymouth, Mi replies: "Just a word regarding pet care... I am saddened to hear that some have had bad experiences with vet care and negligence. I am currently studying Naturopathic Medicine, and so I am very into natural remedies as opposed to medical. However, there is definitely a place for vet care! I recently tried switching my cat's food due to her itchy ears (my thought was allergies to food). I was switching her to a more natural food, and took 2 weeks to do so. Before the transition was done, my cat had a bout of nonstop vomiting. She couldn't even hold water down! Obviously, this called for vet care, as at this point it was out of my hands. I took her in right away, and long story short, her liver counts were way off the charts and it turns out it was a liver infection. The vet's suspicion was there was a back up of bile from the gall bladder into the liver. I asked if the change of food could have contributed to the problem, and the vet said probably not... However, the timing of this episode was all too perfect. In my personal opinion, the switching of food was too much on her system, she got backed up and inflamed, digestion became slower and therefore.... Boom! A bacterial feeding ground in the liver.
Although I am totally on board with natural remedies (which I think can be very beneficial and work... I have had MANY work for me personally), I think animals are very different from humans. Their bodies function differently and they need to be treated differently than us. Needless to say, the itchy ears are still present, which was determined as an ear infection (i think still caused by some sort of allergy... The ear thing is still in progress), but my cat almost DIED from me trying to get more "natural" with her. Guess who saved her life?? The vet. Unfortunately she needed a long round of antibiotics, but upon revisiting the vet 2 weeks later, her liver values were back to perfectly normal, and I have decided not to switch her food after all, and just focus on treating the ears, at least for now. I hope this helps some of you know that, as much as we know our pets and love them, sometimes we really need to be cautious about our home remedies and treatments! Before I do anything with her internally, from now on I will call the vet and simply ask if it would be ok.
Good luck with your pets everyone! And thanks for sharing all your advice and remedies! I am going to try wiping her ears with ACV water solution in addition to the antibiotic drops from the vet to see if that helps with the itching at all. We shall see!"
09/06/2012: Evelyn from Riverside, Ri replies: "The responsible thing for pet owners to do is take your sick animal to the vet (one you trust, that is) for a diagnosis and THEN use natural treatments for what ails them. Yes, there are some obvious problems you can take care of without seeing a vet (boo-boos, ear mites, fleas and ticks), but if you're seeing something you're unsure of, just bring your baby in and let the doc have a look. Once the vet gives you a diagnosis, then you decide whether or not your baby actually needs the treatment the vet has to offer or if its something you can treat at home. If its something you can treat on your own, and this is only after doing your research on your baby's problem and the natural treatment for it, you can then start treatment at home. I agree that there are vets who prey on the bond we have with our pets, but a vet who truly cares for his patients will at least try to work with you somewhat with natural remedies. Its good to keep your vet informed of what you're doing too. I don't bring my "kids" in unless they need it and I don't go for the yearly checkups or all those yearly shots. They get the series as puppies, but after that its only a rabies. No Frontline (I use garlic and brewer's yeast tablets - these keep fleas, ticks, and mosquitos away), no heartworm meds (see previous), and I feed them a homemade diet with lots of protein, fruits, veggies, and brown rice (this is actually A LOT cheaper than commercial dog food and so much better for them), no tap water (I have a filter), and they don't go out without me and they're on a harness (regular collars choke them). The best thing you can do for your babies is feed them nutritious food, good water, give them regular exercise, and find the balance between treating them naturally and using the vet when needed."
11/08/2008: Deborah from Half Moon Bay, CA, U,S,A,: "Regarding the topic of ear mites, and, itchy ears in kitties.. I found with my older cat who was scratching his ears naked, that the tufts of fur on the inside of his ears was the culprit. Once I trimmed the 'old man hair ears' he stopped scratching. Whenever it was time to trim, he came and sat patiently while I carefully trimmed the hairs, (being careful to not let the hair fall into the ear canal). Happy kitty, with no more scratching or neeked ears! Worth a looksie!"
10/25/2007: Rick from Minneapolis, Minnesota: "Many comments in the cat ear mite treatment area say to use q-tips to clean out the crud from your cat's ears. Please do not as this pushes debris further into the ear canal and makes the condition worse. To clean, gently spray the ear with warm soapy water followed by pure water. Repeat until clean which usually take three rounds."Replies
06/16/2010: Krista from Hammonton, Nj replies: "In response to this, I have used Mineral Oil numerous times, about every other day, and every time, my cat had the ear mites come back. So, although it may get rid of the ear mites at first, they will come back if not treated with some medication. I came across this web page while doing some research on Home Remedies for ear mites in cats as I am trying to save money on a vet visit. However, I came to the conclusion that I must get a script for Rev******,(not allowed to write out medication) which not only kills and prevents topical parasites such as ear mites, fleas, & ticks, but also kills and prevents heartworms, roundworms, and hookworms. Once you get the script from a vet one time, you can order them from numerous web sites and get them at discounted rate. However, until that time, I am applying antibiotic ointment, massaging the ears, leaving for few hours since the cat's body heat warms it up and turns it into a liquid to soften the ear mites. Then I get cotton balls and Q-tips and clean them out. **NOTE** I use the Q-tips, yes, however, I do NOT stick them far into the ear since that can damage the eardrum. Anyone who has done this before knows that cats do not sit still during the process and one slip can damage and perforate the ear drum causing serious damage.** Since the weather has gotten warmer and my cat has been outside more, the ear mites seem to have gotten worse so I have been doing this every other day. My point of posting this is that yes, these home remedies can definitely help relieve your cat of some discomfort they may have if suffering from infestation of ear mites, however they WILL come back since leaving just one female ear mite can hatch eggs infesting your cat's ears all over again in just a few days. Bottom line, you must get professional treatment in order to treat and get rid of these pesky critters for good!!! Hope this helps someone else!
Also, I am sorry for everyone's loss of their beloved animals. I know just how much love is shared between animal and owner and how painful it is to loose them."
05/18/2007: Charlotte from Stockbridge, GA: "I really appreciate all the information I've found here. Just a bit of advice for those of us helping our pets to get rid of earmites. It's important for anyone dealing with ear mites in their pets to know that the initial cleaning out (either with medicine or with natural remedys) only kills the living mites. The eggs will remain in the animal's ears. The life cycle of a mite is about 3 weeks. Unless you are using a medicine that kills the larve and eggs, it is best to continue treatment for an entire month to insure all mites are eliminated. Even if the animal stops showing symptoms, make sure to continue treatment for the entire month. Hope this helps."Replies
09/29/2008: Christina from Des Moines, NM replies: "Thanks for the tip. I've been treating my kitten with olive oil & tea tree oil (one tablespoon w/ 3 or 4 drops tea tree), cleaning every 2 - 3 days. I have been wondering how long the mite life-cycle is... knowing I need to get the new hatch before we get JR cured. I'm two weeks into treatments and will keep up the schedule for another two.
Thanks again! Christina"
11/14/2008: J from Albany, NY replies: "Here's an idea - instead of relying on home remedies that may or not work, may or may not be harmful, why not take your cat to the vet? As a responsible pet owner, we must consult the professionals. I am surprised and saddened that so many would rather take the advice from unknown sources and possibly prolong or worsen the problem before seeking the help of a professional."
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01/04/2009: Kim from Boston, MA replies: "Hi Christina et all-
I am not opposed to trying natural remedies for pets at all. Vets are expensive and some of their medicine is harsh and unnecessary. There are several good books by people who have researched the subject of natural remedies for animals extensively.
However it is good to consult people who have researched this. For example tea tree oil is poisonous to cats so it would not be a good thing to use in case they happen to lick themselves and any has gotten out of the ear.
04/23/2009: Kelli from Jasper, FL replies: "This is a response to J. I am very thankful for postings such as this in help with treating my pet. While I do take care of my pet properly and take him to the vet regularly, his ear scratching has just started tonight. While some may say I am too worried about my pet, I do not want to wait til the vet's office opens in the morning to try to get relief for my dog. Therefore, I am thankful that there are some home remedies that I can try tonight that will help my pet until I can contact the proper professional in the morning."
[YEA] 06/21/2009: Felicia from Yakima, Wa replies: "To J from NY... why are you one a home remedy site if you think we are all being irresponsable? Seems to me you got lost somewhere and should keep you not so heplful comments/opinions to yourself."
09/01/2009: Kenzie from Indianapolis, Indiana replies: "Not to be rude, BUT some people do not currently have the money to take their beloved pets to the vet. If anyone has even notced, our economy is quite bad right now, so not everyone has money to spend on expensive vet visits.
I haven't personally tried this home remedy, but I don't think a little bit of olive oil would hurt
I'm sure if you called a vet and asked they would give you their own home remedy, or they would advise going to a pet store and buying ear drops :)
12/30/2009: Maicohwaya from Vale, Oregon, United States replies: "I just wanted to interject on the subject of going to the Vet to treat the earmites. They probably use some type of poison to kill them similar to what people use for head lice, well I just wanted you to know that anything of that sort could cause seizures in your animals if they happen to be prone to them, which you won't know until you try it, My daughter when she was little got head lice and the Dr. told me I couldn't use the head lice stuff because it would cause her to have a seizure. I had to wash her hair everyday and rinse it with Vinegar and then blow dry it,and that was from a Pediatrician. So I don't think home remedies are bunk, most of the time they are a lot safer. Think about it what are we doing to our pets and our children, using all these poisons for everything!!!"
02/01/2010: Dr. G from Albany, Ny replies: "I'm a retired vet and believe strongly in both home remedies and vets. Why it is a good idea to have your animal checked out regularly by a veterinarian, most are very expensive and give worthless tests. When I was ten my horse, Toyota, caught colic and we tried (my Mother and I) peppermint tea. It cleared right up. The vet even said not to but we did and it worked. Also for ear mites in dogs or cats, try warm water and a Q-tip. Be careful not to push grid into the ear canal. Put the Q-tip at the base of the ear and gently swipe it up. Do this until it is clean. If your animal's ear stinks, it may have a infection and should be checked out your vet."
09/02/2006: Christa from NC: "Understand that sometimes if these cures do not work - it may be a yeast infection in the ear and not ear mites. We dealt with this with our dog with long ears as well as with our cats."Replies
12/30/2009: Maicohwaya from Vale, Oregon replies: "The one thing everyone should know is that if it's a yeast infection in the ear it will have a very definite odor, it's kind of a sour smell, definitely not a pleasant smell. And for the person that thinks if you don't take your pet to the Vet at the drop of a hat, you're a bad pet owner? Then you should think back to before people had Flesh eating infections, ie; when everyone ran to the Dr. to get Antibiotics for the sniffles. I'd rather save the vet visit for something catastrophic."
01/01/2010: Jo from Fredericksburg, Va replies: "My cat definetly has the sour smell in his ears that you are talking about. I thought it was ear mites but apparently I was wrong. What should I do about this?"
02/25/2011: Peg from Katy, Tx, Us replies: "This advice may be a bit late but hopefully it will help someone anyway. If it's a yeast infection feed them a spoonful of plain, unflavored yogurt daily. They love it. Yeast infections in the ears means they have yeast gone wild within their body. The yogurt helps their whole body. Plus yogurt is healthy anyway so make it part of their daily feeding routine. Remember, it's important that you feed them only PLAIN yogurt."
02/26/2011: Winterhawke from Spokane, Wa replies: "Just wanted to add a bit of input and ask a question about How one uses yogurt for an ear malady. BTW...I am the one who is in great need of advice, thus posted the question on cat/ear conditions.
The yogurt must be plain because the yeast will feed on the sugar in yogurt containing added ingredients such as fruit.
Can you tell me the details of using yogurt in my cat's ear as what she has seems resitant to anything AND more importantly, though not lifethreatening, she is old and it is making her very uncomfortable. Yogurt sounds like something to try.
Thank you, W."
10/15/2012: Patty108 from West Midlands, Uk replies: "I think the yoghurt is meant to be eaten by the dog, not put in their ears. :-)"
[YEA] 03/14/2009: Heather from Mechanicsburg, PA: "Part of the introduction to the Ear Mite Remedy page says:
"In order to actually kill the mites there are a couple of natural remedies that you can make at home. The first one is a mixture of 9 drops of Yellow Dock Root Extract and 1 tablespoon of water. Use an eyedropper to insert the treatment into the pet's ear, being sure to massage it well prior to the animal having the opportunity to shake it out. Administer the treatment once every three days for a period of six weeks.
The second treatment mixes 1/2 an ounce of Almond Oil with 400 IU's of Vitamin E. Warm up the mixture to body temperature and apply 1/2 an eyedropper into each affected ear. Massage the mixture around in the ear and remove the excess with cotton balls. Administer the treatment for a period of six days, leave it for three days and then repeat."
However, according to http://www.healthynewage.com/ear-mites.htm (which claims to have gathered their information from William Pollak D.V.M. and the Fairfield Animal Hospital), the treatment regimen listed above is inaccurate in some ways: It explains these treatments as two separate remedies (whereas the following info describes them as two steps of the same remedy), and the administration differs slightly.
I am not sure which is more or less accurate, but seeing as the following information was provided my medical professionals, I personally trust it a bit more. The following info is also more specific and gives reason for each application of treatment. Of course, you have the final say in what you end up using for your pet, so I can only recommend that you do extensive research and become educated on anything you may be considering before deciding on any one remedy.
www.healthynewage.com's remedy is as follows:
Step 1: Make a mixture of 1/2 ounce of almond or olive oil and 400 IU vitamin E in a dropper bottle. Warm to body temperature and put about 1/2 dropperful in the ear, massaging the ear canal well for a minute or so. Let your pet shake its head and then gently clean out the opening with cotton swabs. Q-tip type applicators many times compact material already in the ear canal. Apply the oil every other day for six days. Then let the ears rest for 3 days. (The oil mixture will smother many of the mites and start a healing process.)
Step 2: Using Yellow Dock Root Extract, dilute it with water, 9 drops to 1 Tbsp of water. Treat the ears with this mixture once every 3 days for 6 weeks. Ear mite eggs are quite resistant to just about anything after they have already hardened, that is why a 6 week period of treatment is recommended. The eggs will continue to hatch out in cycles and if medicine is present for 6 continuous weeks (medicine administered will last for four days) there will be no more eggs present.
I also found this tip very helpful: Instead of trying to place the drops directly in the ear, lay the dropper across the entrance of the ear so that the liquid first goes onto the outside then drains in."
01/26/2010: Thatonechick from Orleans, Indiana replies: "we were told by the vet to use half hydrogen peroxide and half alcohol, it will get rid of the mites as well as the smell in the ears."
[YEA] 09/24/2007: Stan from Pikeville, Ky: "Using alum to treat earmites in dogs, Cheap to use and kills mites, eggs, and larvae by drying process. mix alum in water, apply to ear with dropper."Replies
11/28/2007: Angel from Adamsville , TN replies: "I was reading through these remedies and seen the alum remedy. The post is a bit vague. Can someone please tell me how the alum works to kill the mites? I would also like to know the recipe for it. It simply says to mix alum with water. How much Alum to how much water etc?? Thanks guys."
09/28/2008: Missy from Toronto, Ontario replies: "Would you please contact the below poster and ask him for the correct mixing formula and get back to me. I have searched the web, but I cannot find any mention of this cure for ear mites."
EC: Sorry Missy, Stan didn't include his email address in the post.
09/16/2012: Tmptd2try from Panhandle, Florida replies: "Linda has posted a tip on May 18, 2012, 12:22 am, Scroll down to hers is just about the bottom of the page, maybe that will help but read from top many good ideas and some not so good ones, just be mindful trust in good judgement and if at all see a vet if must. Good Luck Hun. :D"
[NAY] 10/30/2010: Catlover from Granite Falls, Wa: "ACV is Apple Cider Vinegar. I recently took advice from this site and wanted to let everyone know the outcome.... We adopted a six-week old kitten who brought ear mites and fleas and in turn infected our 7 year-old male cat. I tried a few of the natural remedy recipes on this site and got very little results. I then went to a local vet who told me the cats ears were inflamed. I had to buy a steroid to use for 3 days, then used a one-dose medication he sold me. Hooray, ear mites are gone and my cats are happy!"Replies
05/13/2011: Diana Jackson from Pittsburgh, Pa replies: "WHAT STERIOD AND ONE-DOSE MEDICATION WERE PROVIDED BY THE VET FOR THE EARMITE INFESTATION? MY THREE CATS NEED HELP. MOMMA INFECTED HER KIDS. THE ANIMAL SHELTER WILL NOT CLEAN/TREAT HER EARS BECAUSE SHE IS FERAL, AND THEY WILL NOT SEDATE FOR THE PROCEDURE, NOR WILL SHE LET ME DO THEM. PREFER TO GIVE AN ORAL MED. IF POSSIBLE TO TERMINATE ONCE AND FOR ALL. I ALSO PURCHASED "ERADICATE" A MED DROP, BUT CANNOT APPLY, SHE SEES IT COMING A MILE AWAY AND RUNS FOR IT. THE "REVOLUTION" AND "ADVANTAGEMULTI" MED TOPICAL COST "AN ARM AN A LEG" AND A FINGER. PLEASE SEND HELP!"
03/10/2012: Mary Carter from Larnaca, Cyprus replies: "Restraining cats for ear treatments:
Cut the corner off of an old pillow case so it is just the size of the cat's neck. (Reinforce the neck with some quick stitches so the cat can't rip the pillowcase open if he gets a paw out. )
Make a drawstring for the bottom of the pillow case that can be drawn closed quickly.
Sneak up on the cat when he is sleeping.
Despite my monster cat hating this procedure (I'm 70 years old) he seems to understand that I am trying to help him doesn't seem to hold any grudge."
[YEA] 12/24/2009: Gdsmkg from Las Vegas, Nv, USA: "After adopting a very sick cat from SPCA, he had ear mites, mange, ring worm. I first tried the borax mixture that I found on here, saw a little improvement but not much. Tried olive oil in the ears, was very soothing but didn't seem to do much.
Then I tried one capful of natural apple cider vinegar to a cup of water. I took a cotton ball, dipped it in the mixture, rang it out good. Then cleaned his ears with a slightly moist cotton ball. Within a couple of days I saw a big difference in his ear grime.
So then I thought I would try it for the mange and ring worm, I took the mixture, and soaked his ear good. I also wet the areas where there was the most flakiness and crusty flakes. Again within a week, big improvement! I highly recommend anyone to try this, but for him I couldn't use full strength. Just the smell made him puke on the spot.
One capful is all you need to one cup tepid water, it worked so well. I imagine you could also use it in a spray bottle and spray around the house, wherever he hangs out. They also liked me, so I used full strength on myself for ring worm and mange mites."
10/31/2009: Liz from Shelton, Washington: "I have five several cats that have been dumped by various people onto my property. Can't believe the cruelty of people when it comes to what they do to animals. I usually manage to find homes for these dumped cats but the five I now have are extremely wild and cannot be caught or handled by humans. The problem I have now is that they are being troubled severely by earmites. One cat in particular is scratching to the point of crying out in pain when scratching her ear. If giving them ACV in their water will get rid of fleas will it also aid in gettig rid of earmites? I feed all of these cats regularly and give them fresh water daily which they seem to consume rapidly. Is there any other remedy for earmites that could be used to clear up the earmites if added to their food or water? Am very happy that I have found this site. It's wonderful to be able to read all of the great information put on here by you and others. This has been a Godsend. Thank you. Will be hoping to find some earmite information here soon."
[YEA] 01/24/2008: Tracey from Chicago, USA: "I use ACV for ear mites on my cat and itchy skin. They bite their skin-- I suspect allergies. They don't have fleas, but even if they did, I'd still use Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, because it's undiluted and has all the vitamins and minerals and potassium intact. The cats have stopped biting and scratching. I put it on a cotton swab for the ears, a cotton pad (round ones for removing makeup)for the fur, and I also put a tiny amount in their wet food. They do not like the smell, but the cats took to the ACV better than the ear mite medicine I had applied to the ear.I think the ACV soothes the cats' ears. I use 2 t. of ACV in an 8 oz. glass of water with a little honey. I drink this in the morning, and I think it's helping my tendonitis (from typing too much) and my brain fog. I am thinking much more clearly and I feel that I have more energy."Replies
[YEA] 06/24/2009: ME from Oneida, NY replies: "A vinegar treatment brought quick relief. I returned late in the evening from a two-day trip and noticed my clearly aggravated cat constantly twitching his ears. After researching ear mites and finding this forum through Google I tried a vinegar treatment using a garlic flavored red wine vinegar I had on hand. He clearly showed relief after two treatments eight hours apart and has shown no further symptoms since his third treatment. I used a paper towel folded in half twice, then rolled corner to corner to form a loose roll with pointed ends. I dipped an end into the vinegar, blotted it lightly on the side of the container until it stopped dripping, then inserted it into an ear holding it in place for about 2 minutes while soothing him. I used the other end of the roll for the other ear, then folded the two used ends together and dunked the center of the roll into the vinegar and without blotting it lightly dabbed outside of his ears and on the top of his head while avoiding his eyes. It has now been four days exactly since I first came home and found his discomfort, he has received a total of five treatments and I intend to follow through with two additional treatments per week for the next month after taking note of the comments concerning unhatched eggs. The damp paper towel prevented any risk of damage and blotting it lightly before inserting it into his ear limited the chance of dripping liquid in his ear causing him to seriously fight me."
09/21/2010: Mona from Woodstock, Va: "I tried every way to find the formula on your site. I looking for the amounts to use borax, vinegar, water. Thank you for your help."
07/03/2009: Lady Raven from Colo. Spgs., CO: "Question on Borax & Prevention:
First I'd like to say that I'm really glad I found this site. I am a big-time advocate of natural & "alternative" healing for humans & pets alike. My young daughters & I each have a kitty that calls us "Mom." There's 2 yr.old Bubba and 6 mo.old Stormy, who are both indoor/outdoor cats. Then there's 3 mo.olds Midnight & Maddox, who are still indoor kittens, as we live off a very busy street & I don't feel comfortable letting them out unsupervised just yet. Stormy ended up bringing home ear mites & now they all have them! My question is, once I get rid of the mites in/on our babies, how do I keep them from getting reinfected, since 2 of the cats still go outside. (My yard is also somewhat overgrown, which I know doesn't help, but as I'm physically disabled, there's not much I can do about it. Also can't afford to hire anybody.) My 2nd question regards using a Borax solution around the house. Should I just make a liquid solution & spray the carpets & furniture? Maybe wash linens with a bit added to the wash water? Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Feel free to email me on this or any other pet issue. Thanks! Lady Raven Silverwolf"
[YEA] 09/16/2009: Werknut from Cincinnati, Oh replies: "___ ___ ___ Borax is a miracle cure for getting rid of fleas and from keeping flea eggs from hatching. You buy it in the grocery store in the laundry aisle. Just sprinkle it on your carpeting and then vacuum it up. The residue will stay in the carpet and will kill fleas and keep flea eggs from hatching. It is more effective than any bug spray or expensive flea spray from the vet. And it's cheap! One box will last a long time. It's non-toxic to pets and it will leave your house smelling fresh. I used it when I lived in Florida, where fleas are plentiful and they are so hardy, they seem to be bionic. I swear by __ ___ ___Borax, and everyone I've ever recommended it to has had the same marvelous results I had."
09/17/2010: Froopy Dude from Orlando, Fl replies: "Absolutely true. Borax was recommended by a very humane vet. He said that it is the same substance vets sell for over $50. Borax is not quick - can take up to six weeks - but it truly does kill fleas. As stated, just apply it to carpet."
04/16/2011: Margo from Mulberry, Fl replies: "why would you EVER let cats out if you live near a busy road. they WILL wander into traffic and be killed sooner or later."
[YEA] 04/30/2013: Rastamom from Vancouver, Wa replies: "The lady is right about Borax! Used to use it on my carpet in Calil.... Love all the questions and remedies! Very helpful, thanks."