Ear Mite Remedies

Green Tea and Olive Oil

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Posted by Katie (Emporia, KS)
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I have found using green tea and olive oil will cure ear mites in cats. You first take a cotton ball and soak it in green tea to clean the ear of debris and then stand back to let the cat shake out the rest. Then you add 2-3 drops of the oil for 2 days a week and then once a week as the condition improves.

Hand Sanitizer

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Posted by Megincsky (Highland Heights, Ky) on 09/04/2012
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I read about using hand sanitizer for ear mites on EC and wanted to say that it truly works, almost miraculously. I use 1 or 2 squirts in each of my cat's ears while massaging the base and then close my eyes for the inevitable shake. No more scratching or head shaking after 2 days. I'm going to keep up the regimen for a month and then use it as a preventative once a week or so. It's easy, cheap and works fast!

Replied by Char
(North Vancouver)
02/10/2014

Do you use it everyday at first and after a month go to once a week?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
02/11/2014

Hey Char!

You are replying to a post that is 2 years old, so the original poster may not be around to respond to you - so I will give it a shot!

It appears the hand-sanitizer remedy is used once a day for two days.

A couple of caveats, however.

This remedy should not be used on ears that have been scratched raw as the alcohol in the hand-sanitizer will cause painful burning and stinging.

Next, you should be certain that your pet has ear mites and not another ear condition as the wrong diagnosis will result in a painful ear condition prolonged and untreated.

And lastly, all the pets [hosts! ] in the family need to be treated at the same time. If all pets were not treated, begin again this time including all pets in the protocol. If all pets are not treated, they will simply re-infect each other.

Read all about ear mites:

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ear_mites.html

Replied by Lori O'malley
(Pulaski Tn)
05/19/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I used hand sanitizer on my dog for ear mites. It worked fabulously!! Didn't know if it would work on cats. We have acquired two kittens with mites. Thanks so much for all the posts on this subject. I will now feel comfortable using sanitizer with the kittens. Thanks ya'll!!

Replied by Judy
(Manchester)
05/20/2015

So, how many drops do I put and how often and she is depressed and I bought some Wal-Mart stuff but I've not been using it regularly and I didn't know till tonight

Replied by Abby
(Turkey)
10/19/2015

What kind of hand sanitizers have been used ??

Replied by Marie
(Oklahoma)
01/28/2016

How long did it take to work?


Hand Sanitizer
Posted by Carol (Zeigler, IL United States) on 09/02/2009

Ear Mites: I noticed yesterday that my indoor/outdoor cat was flicking his ear and holding his head down. When I looked, he had a lot of "crud" in there! I started checking the internet for home remedies and found this site with lots of different options that I had never heard of!! Like many, I can't afford a vet bill, but don't want my cat to be in distress. I am going to try the hand sanitizer first (I hope I don't have to try something else, but...) I put a couple drops on my finger and rub it in his ear as much as he would let me. Would it be ok to put a couple drops right into his ear? And how often a day and for how many days? I will definitely visit this site when other remedies are needed! It was very informative and helpful for remedies as well as things that are dangerous to my cat. Thanks for all the valuable info!!

Replied by Ginny
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
04/02/2010

I have used mineral oil with success, also Olive Oil with some Vitamin E has healing qualities, equal amounts of each. This is safe and an inexpensive way to help your pet.

I have read it takes about a month to rid a pet of these horrible bugs and I used this oil every day, 3 times a day for one month.

Be sure to clean the pet's bedding often.

Good luck.

Replied by Ginger
(Helena, Mt)
10/19/2014

I have three cats with ringworm. One popped a tiny vein in his ear. We are desparate. Does anti bacterial soap work. By the way my cats far is doing better

Replied by Om
(Hope Bc Canada)
10/19/2014

Hello, Ginger --- just use dry turmeric powder on and around the lesions as well as in the ear. I have been using this on many cats and it leaves in a day or two. If they are shaking it off, alright, enough stays on to do the healing and if they lick it, that is good for them, too.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Shay
(Kentucky)
12/07/2014

As a foster for our local animal shelter, to clear up a couple kitten from ringworm, we found out using apple cider vinegar will dry the spots up. We were told to use lyme sulphur and do baths, but found apple cider vinegar to work.

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc, Canada)
12/07/2014

Hi, Shay --- turmeric powder works like a charm, too.

Namaste , Om


Hand Sanitizer
Posted by Jamie (Port Orange, Fl) on 05/27/2007
1 out of 5 stars

Warning

I read that someone suggested using hand sanitizer to cure ear mites, I would be very careful about doing so because if your pet has scratched their already inflammed ear, that would really burn!

Replied by Sazure
(Us)
08/05/2018

Not sure why only ONE star, but you are correct - alcohol and the other ingredients are not suitable for sensitive ear tissue (as well cats have no metabolic system for many chemicals).

The ear (like the mouth area) is thin and all put into it is absorbed into the blood stream. (Pre vet and other areas in human health care).


Hand Sanitizer
Posted by Marie (Sacramento, California) on 05/19/2007
5 out of 5 stars

My recently rescued male cat had ear mites so bad one ear canal was swollen nearly closed. He was delivered by a cat lover who's plate was full, but was kind enough to include an over the counter ear mite remedy. Wow that ear mite medicine made the gray skin inside his ears peel and and turn bright pink. Applying every other day was obviously going to cause sever damage in 3 weeks treatment. The long and short of this story is he arrived on Jan 4, 07 today in June 15, 07 and the problem is better but not cured. Olive oil, Vaseline, hand lotion any thing that wouldn't kill the cat and maybe smother the mites has been tried in addition to using a systemic flea/tick product. The current problem is the waxy discharge is sticky (it was bloody) and getting it out of his ears next to impossible. Thank you 4/1/2007: Lisa from Winfield, PA for suggesting Hand Sanitizer! The cat and I are very comfortable when I am treating his ears, the scratching stopped long ago, so there wasn't much danger of pouring Hand Sanitizer on an open wound. It cleaned him up better than any thing I have tried. I held him petting his favorite spots, for a few minutes until the Hand Sanitizer dried and I didn't have to worry about him getting it in his eyes or mouth. Great service you provide, bummer I didn't find you in Jan! I will send a progress report,


Hand Sanitizer
Posted by Cherri (NEWARK, NJ) on 04/13/2007
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A lady here stated that she used hand sanitiser to get rid of ear mites in her cats' ears. She said it took "a few applications". My question is: how many applications did it take, and how long did you use this treatment? Any response would be greatly appreciated. Thanx!


Hand Sanitizer
Posted by Lisa (Winfield, PA) on 04/01/2007
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hand sanitizer works great for ear mites in my cats it also kills them. just put a dab on your finger and rub it into the ear. only takes a few applications and they are gone

Replied by JaJa
(Zebulon, NC)
09/03/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I am happy that hand sanitizer was suggested for the cure of ear mites. It was something I already had in the house and I didn't have to go out to buy anything. My two year old peekapoo was scratching his ear like crazy and I truly did not know what the problem was. A family member suggested that he may have ear mites. I went online looking for home remedies to cure ear mites so that i could save on a costly vet bill. I came across several remedies, however the sanitizer was at hand and I decided to use it. I used a bottle with a hand pump and used two sqirts in each ear and massaged it in. Within an hour he scratched once and by the end of the night he wasn't scratching at all. Thanks for the useful information. You guys saved me a trip to the vet. jaja

Replied by Kenny
(El Paso, TX)
11/25/2008

I HAVE A FEMALE PIT BULL AND SHE IS SUFFERING FROM WHAT i THINK TO EAR MITES i THINK THAT i WILL TRY HAND SANTIZER ON HER BECAUSE IT WORKED ON ME WITH POSION IVY AND OTHER PEOPLE S YUKY HANDS

Replied by Heidi
(Pa, US)
09/17/2014

Does hand sanitizer work for a dog's ear mites?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
09/17/2014

Hey Heidi!

I have googled the use of hand sanitizer to cure ear mites and some folks say it does the trick. I can only say this: use with caution as it will sting like the Dickens if there is raw, open sores on the skin!

Please consider using one of the many olive oil remedies suggested on EC's ear mite page:

https://www.earthclinic.com/pets/ear_mites.html

Replied by Tracey
(Fayetteville Nc)
06/14/2015

My daughter just got her first puppy and we don't know much about it. He was recently trimmed at Petsmart and was advised that I purchase Earmite medicine. I would rather do home remedy after reading that hand sanitizer works better on cats. My question is will it work for our Shih tzu? Can I use it as a preventive to keep them from our baby ears?

Replied by Sam
(San Jose, Ca)
08/04/2015

Thank you for posting. My dog apparently has mites (from motel room) and I do too. Noticed itching 5 days ago from my dog.. Then a couple days ago my ears and eyelashes are really itchy. Haven't tried yet.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
08/05/2015

Hey Sam!

It is quite possible to contract scabies mites from hotel bedding - Ted's Mange Remedy applies here for both you and your dog. Do also wash both dog and human bedding and clothing daily to avoid re-contamination.

Replied by Vickie
(Parkersburg)
10/31/2015

I worry with hand sanitizer for ear mites because it has alcohol and won't that be extremely irritating and painful if the skin inside ear is broken or raw?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
11/01/2015

Vickie - your instincts are spot on; alcohol on raw broken skin will sting! A less painful treatment would be garlic infused olive oil or neem oil until the skin is healed and then alcohol remedies could be used.

Replied by Czgator
(Florida)
05/10/2016

If you have itching with what looks like red streak that travels across the skin it could be larva migrans also. It's caused by hookworms that get under the skin and are trying to get into internal organs. You can take horse or cattle wormer paste orally (same dosage as large animals, just scale down for weight) and it will kill it. Buy online or at feed/pet store. Safeguard brand is good, inexpensive and safe for you, cats or dogs. It doesn't taste bad and has the same ingredients the MD would give you. If it comes back take it again. Actually, one tube will last you a long time, and you can use it to worm your animals a few times a year, which is always a good idea anyway. (Just don't give anything with ivermectin, or anything with "ectin" in name to cats or Collies.) If you are just itching all over, it could be bedbugs.

Replied by Lucas
(Massachusetts)
07/29/2016

Hey,m ear mites is a zoonotic disease which means it can't be transferred from animal to human, so you might just be so sympathetic you're imaging your symptoms or maybe you have an ear infection. Either way I hope you feel better soon and I hope it's a load off that you know it can't be ear mites anymore.


Homeopathic Remedies

Posted by Donna R (Sarasota, Fl) on 10/22/2009

Pet Ear Mite Infestation

I have a question. You reccomend yellow dock tincture and water to kill ear mite which is applied directly into the ear. The latin name for yellow dock is rumex crispus which comes in a homeopathic pellet remedy made by Boiron. If the homeopathic remedy of yellow dock (rumex crispus) is taken orally via homeopathic pellet, will this kill ear mites as well?


Honey

Posted by Sam (Texas) on 03/02/2017

Home remedies like organic honey work the best in treating ear mites in cats.


Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by June (KC, KS) on 01/12/2008
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I also use H2O2 for one of my cats who has been plagued with earmites since I found him abandoned as a kitten. I've never been able to completely rid him of the problem, probably because I have not been diligent enough, but the H2O2 definitely helps. As you know, it dissolves ear wax and earmites thrive in those waxy conditions.

Replied by Lori
(Beacon Falls, CT)
08/10/2008
1 out of 5 stars

Warning

Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) for Ear Mites: Just a warning for cat and dog lovers out there treating their pets with hydrogen peroxide in the ears:

H2O2 in an animal's (or human's, for that matter) eyes can blind them permanently. My vet told me that, and I also learned that in nursing school, but I'm not certain about the mechanism of action. I would personally try other remedies first, unless you have a very quiet and cooperative kitty.

Just wanted to warn ya!

Replied by Margaret
(Upper Darby, PA)
08/24/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I am being a foster mommy to an abandoned kitten with ear mites. I use hydrogen peroxide for cleaning only. It should not be thought of as a remedy. To avoid getting it into the cats' eyes, dab a clean q tip into the bottle, shake some off the q tip, then wipe only the parts of the ear that you can see. It is best to only wipe in an upwards direction to avoid debris from falling into the ear canal, and hold the cat on its side, so that anything falling will fall out. Next take kitty to the vet for some ear mite drops, and follow the directions EXPLICITLY! Otherwise, you will see how the mites will keep coming back.

Replied by Andre
(New York City, NY)
02/01/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Of course if you pour H2O2 - or acid vinegar, or any of many standard vet medicines in your pet'eyes when they are supposed to go into their ears - it *WILL* blind them !!!!

As I mentioned a couple years ago I used the Ted's Mange cure (slighlty modified) with success on my cat - and so far, there has been only one small resurgence last year, immediately snuffed.

For reference, again this is what I posted

09/29/2007: Andre from New York, USA writes: "I tried the oil based treatments, actually using coconut oil since I heard it has antiseptic properties, and hydrogen peroxide. This only slowed down the ear mites. After a couple of weeks of this, I started with a mix of Borax (20 Mule Team), hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and a little Dr Bronner soap. After just two days the mites are disappearing. To prevent my cat from lcking off his wet fur, that I allow to dry naturally as indicated, I got him a collar. See his picture on Fickr, tag: ear.mite.cure.for.cats, or go directly to the page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/nycandre/1459080973/

Thanks a lot, Ted and everyone else here! nycandre

Replied by Sarah
(Raleigh Nc)
08/17/2017

My dogs have mites on back of ears..the inside is clean I used a ear mite liquid from Wal-Mart..the back of ears are crusted n they r irritated.nothing is working . what can I do...also I have scabies. Help us plz

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
08/21/2017

Hey Sarah,

Your dog may have fleas, that or you both have sarcopic mange. Ted's Mange Remedy can help with the sarcoptic mange, and you might consider a lamp flea trap to see if your house is harboring fleas as well.

Replied by Annie
(Philippines)
09/18/2017

CY Gabriel soap is very effective for most skin problems including scabies. We also treat the affected area with warm coconut oil. Dip a piece of cotton in the oil and swab on the affected are start from the outside boarders. We make our own coconut oil so I'm not sure if supermarket bought vco's will work the same.


Ivomec

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Posted by S.F.Hyde (Deridder, La.) on 07/01/2018
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IVOMEC is awesome stuff! For EARMITES, two to four drops in the ear canal, gently massaged in for good coverage. Wait a week, gently clean the ear. Any brown stuff should be considered ear mite waste and may be full of viable eggs, so be prepared. Have a folded paper towel or a zip lock waiting to catch the used Q-tips or whatever. After cleaning, reapply IVOMEC same as before. Wait a week & clean. Was there any brown stuff in the ear canal? Yes? Treat again. No? Your probly clear, but should treat one more time to be confident any hatchlings get killed. Check ear canals weekly for six weeks for any signs of the "Tell Tale" brown waste. Always check your pets ears at least monthly, even if they are not acting distressed. Why make them suffer when we can prevent it?


Medications

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Posted by K (Mason, WV) on 05/29/2009
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I would just like to say that I have a cat and have taken him to the vet several times for ear mites which cost me $65.00 per visit. I have also bought my medidcation from the vet at $12.00 a bottle and have given it to my cat faithfully. My cat still has the ear mites after over a year and suffers terribly from this he has no skin on the backs of his ears where he has dug them so much so at this point I am willing to try anything to get my cat some relief. Hopefully this will work.

Replied by Eva Diaz
(Albuquerque)
02/21/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have a cat refuge... the ear mites are constant. I do not believe in Vets or M.Ds.. they kill too many things... I am a naturopath... and it works. My main medicines are apple cider vinegar (rubbed on the body it stops congestion.. around the neck and in the ears and on the ruff... dilute to 1/2 with distilled water). You can also put some on their paws or drops on gums and into ears. IT IS A MUST FOR MOST THINGS. I also used Aloe Vera in their ears to help heal.

PRIMARILY, I USE 500 PPM COLLOIDAL SILVER... (a teaspoon in their gallon water. I clean with Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) and vinegar.

NEVER USE CHLORINE!

READ AND RESEARCH WHAT ALL THESE THINGS DO! Make an ear wash with a dropper of colloidal silver in chamomile and green teas (1 glass) and use it to wash their ears out. Then you can use the ACV to kill mites... just make sure that infection is killed with CS and that the ears are not inflamed. Use Aloe Vera to put in ears to heal and sooth. I work everyday with one cat or five.

The other thing I use is sulpher in oil to kill mites. Mix an organic cat vitamin and mineral supplement in foods (powder). MAKE SURE THEY GET PURE NON-POLLUTED WATER OFTEN FOR OXYGEN AND HEALTH. THE Apple Cider Vinegar and CS will not harm it. Watch your animals. Get a book on using herbs etc., on yourself and animals.

Live with the EARTH and the Sun and Moon. I am Native American.

Replied by Hope
(New London)
07/31/2017

omg. I have to learn this but I'm not sure 🤔 how. It is sooo much to take in at once like instructions to something u cant understand.... like in what order do I do this and what brands do I buy and where and mix what first and what do I do first.

My cat is like a child adopted in my home

Replied by Suseeq
(Sydney Australia)
08/03/2017

Ear mites - a couple of drops olive oil in ears work down with fingers the oil smothers the mites


Medications
Posted by Donna (Savannah, GA USA) on 11/08/2008
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My kitten has ear mites (I think) and I put Ear Miticide in his ear last night. It didn't seem to do anything but irritate his ears worse to where he shook his head and scratched at his ears more than before. Today I rinsed his ears with two drops of vinegar/water mixed 50/50. I then put two more drops of Ear Miticde in each ear. He is sleeping all of the time and when he does get up he wobbles. I am really worried about him. Can someone PLEASE tell me if this is normal?

EC: This website says to call your vet or local Animal Poison Control if you experience side effects from this product: http://www.drugs.com/vet/ear-miticide.html

Replied by Doris
(Orland, Ca)
11/09/2008

I have used a 50 50 solution of Hydrogen Proxide and Rubbing alcohol I rub it really good and then clean it out with a cotton swab it works well and our big dobberman just loves it...

Replied by Marilyn
(Shelton, Washington, USA)
11/09/2008

Donna,

Balance is a function of the inner ear back of the ear drum. Your cat is suffering greatly and may even begin spinning in circles or begin to go crazy. As a child I suffered multiple ruptures of both ear drums. The doctor had us pour hydrogen peroxide into my ear and hold it there with my head tipped till it quit fizzing. I seriously doubt any mite can survive multiple doses of hydrogen peroxide plus a lot of them will come out when the peroxide drains out. The H2O2 will not hurt the cat's ears though you might dilute it by half. The cat will not like the crackling noise in its ears from the H2O2 foaming but if the ears feel better after, it will soon put up with the procedure. Do it with dropper or even a spoon held well away from the ear so no chance of the cat wincing and getting its ear stabbed. I have used this on a cat with a vets direction to do so. Perhaps once a day is enough. Be sure the solution is strong enough to foam.

Replied by Janis
(Renton, US)
11/10/2008

I always used mineral oil for any animal that I have had for ear mites. Just use an eye dropper and put about 5 or 6 small drops in each ear. Check the ears each day. As long as you keep seeing the blackish or dark color,looking like the ears are dirty then keep doing it until that goes away. The mineral oil will suffocate the ear mites.This has always worked for me. Good luck. Hope the cat gets better soon.

Replied by Jacqueline G.
(Canada)
09/18/2016

The wobbles are suggestive of inner ear damage affecting his balance. Please seek professional medical attention as soon as possible.

Replied by Janet
(Vt)
01/30/2017

My dog mixed breed, has ear mites badly, I sprayed mixture peroxide, acv, water in his ear, that was very red, very sore. I don't know how many times a day would do?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
01/31/2017

Hello Janet,

ACV is great for the ears, but will sting ears that are sore from being scratched. Consider using garlic infused olive oil, or other remedies for ear mites first: https://www.earthclinic.com/pets/ear_mites.html.

Replied by Renee
(Mississippi)
03/18/2017

My vet helps with cheap remedy for rescues he recommends 50/50 vinegar and rubbing alcohol he recommends a hair color bottle with tip. he says squeeze generous amount in each ear and rub it around till it squishes loudly then let them go so they can sling their heads and sling all the junk out of their ears. do it several days in a row

It really works and very cheap.

Don't recommend doing it inside your house.


Medications
Posted by Linda (New Caney, TX) on 07/11/2008
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To treat ear mites in dogs I have very successfully used injectable Ivomec. Using a 1cc syringe, without a needle, you administer .25 for each ear. Ivomec can be found at feed stores, such as Tractor Supply. A bottle might cost $30 but last a real long time and can be shared with friends. Ivomec can also be used to prevent heartworms. I do have a chart if anyone wants it.

Replied by Dar
(Montgomery, Texas)
07/18/2008

Wow, does it only take one treament? Also would love to have the chart for the heart worms. Thank You

Replied by Lisa
(Theodore, Alabama)
08/28/2008

While I have used Ivomec in the past to (succesfully) prevent heartworms in larger dogs, I have never attempted the ear mite remedy here described. Also, at this time I am the owner of a guinea pig sized "dog" whose tiny weight makes me apprehensive to attempt the application of Ivomec to protect his tiny self from heartworms. A chart would be GREATLY appreciated!

Replied by Linda
(South Bend, IN)
10/28/2008

I would like the Ivomec chart that Linda (BertsBabe2008) talked about Thanks so much.

Replied by Katherine
(Dallas, GA)
02/04/2009

i would love to have the chart. i tried almost everything on my dog but is taking a long time. i clean his ears with mineral oil and yes it leaves the ears so clean.

Replied by Joanna Wessel
(Grand Haven, MI, USA)
02/21/2009

i would love the chart also. can you use the paste and if so can you mix it with water or somthing else?
joanna

Replied by Carol
(Castle Rock, Washington)
03/21/2010

this is in response to Yea of 07-11-2008

They suggested Ivomec for ear mites.1/2cc per ear. I got a generic brand of the same thing at the feed store for $37.00. The brand name is almost 50.00. It did in fact all 4 of my dogs ear mites that did in fact spread really quickly. After using the Ivomec the next day I put 2 drops of mineral oil in each ear because mites deposit droppings that can cause other infections. The mineral oil helps to clean out the ear canal an keep it clean it also soothes the red ears that the mites caused in the first place.

Replied by Astralclean
(Atlanta, Ga)
03/27/2010

Earmites-Just pop open a capsul of 1000mg Garlic and squeeze the oil onto a q-tip or if it is really bad just squirt a little bit into the ear everyday. The amount doesn't matter-garlic will not hurt the ear.

Replied by Sarah
(Harriman, Tn)
03/17/2015

I'd love that chart if you still have it.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
03/17/2015

Years ago I used to mix up 1% injectable Ivomec for Cattle - the kind sold in the farm supply stores or bought online -for heart worm prevention in my pack. One bottle diluted out can treat many animals and might be a good route for a rescue to go as they may get the volume of animals needed to use one bottle up.

First a warning:

***DO NOT TREAT YOUR DOG WITH THIS MEDICATION UNLESS YOU HAVE A CLEAR HEART WORM TEST. YOU CAN KILL YOUR PET IF IT IS INFECTED WITH HEART WORMS AND YOU USE THIS MEDICATION***

This is no joke; if your dog has a heart worm infection and you treat it with the above medication you can cause all the heart worms to die at the same time, and they will clog your dog's lungs and your pet can die. Always get the heart worm test before undertaking any sort of heart worm treatment or prevention plan.

This is how you mix it up for dogs for heart worm prevention:

The proven dose for 50-100lb dog is 0.272cc - this is the amount of Ivermectin in Heartgard. So if you have a 50-80lb dog, you will give 1/4cc (0.25ml) of 1 % Ivomec for cattle ... monthly. Giving 0.1cc per 10 lbs of body weight is too much. It may not do anything bad, but why use more than you need? …Susan Lloyd, DVM

Source: http://www.sqdog.com/Dog_Health/Ivomec.html

Note the reference to .1cc/10 lbs of body weight; this dosage is all over the internet and is a very common dosage to treat demodectic mange, but this veterinarian explains why this dose is too much for heart worm prevention.

For ear mites in dogs:

"It's very important to verify with your vet that your dog has an ear mite infection before using this treatment. Ear mites are relatively uncommon in dogs (they're much more common in cats). Infections caused by bacteria and yeast are far more likely causes of itching and pain. It would be dangerous to treat for mites if the eardrum were ruptured, which is common with infections.

It's also important to treat all animals in the household at the same time, as otherwise the mites are likely to continue to be passed from one to another.

Directions for using 1% ivermectin solution:

Add 1 cc ivermection 1% solution to a 2 fluid ounce (60 ml) bottle, then fill the bottle with mineral oil.
Shake well before using to mix the ivermectin evenly. Apply 0.3 cc/ml of the mixture to each ear and massage in. Repeat in two weeks if needed.

Note there are about 30 ml in 1 fluid ounce, and 10, 000 mcg ivermectin in 1 cc of 1% solution, so you end up with 60 ml containing 10, 000 mcg ivermectin, or 167 mcg per ml. Giving 0.3 cc of this solution provides 50 mcg ivermectin, the same dosage as Acarexx. This will be enough to treat 100 dogs (200 ears). "

Source: dogaware.com/files/ivermectinmites.doc

An additional source on mixing up Ivomec for pets: http://forums2.gardenweb.com/discussions/1439362/ivermectin-for-doggies

Replied by Chris
(Texass)
10/01/2016

Ivermectin is a dangerous drug for certain breeds, certain animals, and it is easy to overdose. Some things are not worth the risk. It is better not to use it. Revolution from your vet is good for ear mites and so is advantage multi. I however believe those two drugs can cause heart failure due to the possible raise in blood pressure. It is especially dangerous for elderly cats (7 yrs, and up) and overweight cats. Cleaning your cats ears and mineral oil should do the trick. Ear mites can make you itch and you will think you have scabies. They do not infest a human but they certainly crawl on them and attempt to bite. Hydrogen Peroxide is supposed to be very bad for the ears especially if it gets past the ear drum. This is something I read, but I myself as a teenager used it in their ears often and saw no issues but cleaner ears. All of the drugs I mention and my opinions of them are based on years of personal experience with the drugs.


Medications
Posted by Merit (Phoenix, Arizona) on 05/15/2008
1 out of 5 stars

Warning

I used too much lanolin-based ear miticide (Zema) in my cat's ear. He continues to shake, now 12 hours after treatment. I know I have used rubbing alcohol to get water out of my ears. Can I use that on him to try to draw out the extra Miticide in the inner ear?

Replied by Deborah
(Macclesfield, UK)
10/01/2014

Warning! Ivermectin can cause death in collies with deletion mutation in the MDR1 gene, you can test your collie to see if he has this mutation but to be on the safe side, avoid it.

Here's some information from Vetmed:

The phenomenon of ivermectin toxicity in Collies was first described in 1983. Ivermectin causes neurologic toxicity in some, but not all Collies, at doses that are 1/200th of the dose required to cause toxicity in other dogs. Neurologic manifestations of ivermectin in susceptible dogs include, hypersalivation, ataxia, blindness, coma, respiratory compromise, and death.



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