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Ear Infections / Mites

 

The most obvious indication that your pet has an ear infection or ear mites is scratching or digging at the ear. They are usually accompanied by a dark waxy substance inside the ear. We have found that the best solution is very simple and inexpensive.

For ear infections, we use vinegar. Apple cider vinegar works best, but regular vinegar should work, too. First, wash the ear with a solution that is one part vinegar with two parts water. Dip a cotton ball in the solution and use it to wipe the debris from the outer parts of the ear. Next, use a dropper to place 1-2 drops of vinegar into the ear, allowing it to go down into the ear canal. Repeat daily for about a week.

For ear mites, you will need something to soothe the irritation and kill the mites. The solution: oil. Olive oil and mineral oil have both worked for us. Just use a dropper to place a drop of oil into the ear. Rub the ear to work the oil down. The oil works to soothe the itching, and it smothers the mites.