Last Modified on May 10, 2016
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.
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Posted by Iris (Dearborn, Michigan) on 02/12/2009
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!
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Posted by Rob (Hamilton, Canada) on 11/25/2008
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.
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Posted by Deborah (Half Moon Bay, CA, U,S,A,) on 11/08/2008
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!
Posted by Rick (Minneapolis, Minnesota) on 10/25/2007
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.
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Posted by Charlotte (Stockbridge, GA) on 05/18/2007
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.
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Posted by Heather (Mechanicsburg, PA) on 03/14/2009
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.
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Posted by Catlover (Granite Falls, Wa) on 10/30/2010
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!
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Posted by Gdsmkg (Las Vegas, Nv, USA) on 12/24/2009
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.
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Posted by Liz (Shelton, Washington) on 10/31/2009
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.
Posted by Tracey (Chicago, USA) on 01/24/2008
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.
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Posted by Sigrid (Copenhagen, Denmark) on 01/18/2015
To get rid of ear mites naturally just mix 1 part Black Walnut Hull tincture with 1 part Pau D'Arco tincture, into one bottle, preferably with a tip or a glass tube so you then can splash it into the ears, then maybe again three days later. You will see it get less in a week and then disappear totally, without doing anything further. Of course you could always splash a third dose into his ears, some days later again, it wouldn't hurt, but I didn't and he got well. This was just how I did it and you can also test just one of them, such as the Black Walnut Hull and see if it works. This has no adverse so called ''side effects'' and the cat can stay healthy afterwards. The rest of the tincture can be taken by yourself, a tea spoon a day, it is very nutritious. If the cat licks some of it away is possibly just good for him and will kill bad parasites from his stomach too.
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Posted by Sigrid (Copenhagen, Denmark) on 12/21/2014
For ear mites in animals, just mix a little Black Walnut Hull tincture with a little Pau d'Arco Tincture, in a little tincture bottle, or try just one of them, squirt it into the pets ears and wait a few days and give it again. Wait and see, after a week or two, the ears are totally clean and he don't scratch any more. Maybe I also dripped a few drops of garlic/olive oil, I don't remember that, but I guess it would not hurt. I didn't even have to clean the ears, it went away by itself. I squirted several times because the cat came back to me, but then he was going around with the ears folded down looking funny and stayed away from me for some weeks, so I had no more chance to give him more. This was my neighbors cat. Very funny. They didn't do any more, only this was done. Two times, maybe three days in between. The cat shaked his head and licked the BWH from the ear, and I thought that was good too, in case he had some parasites in the stomach.