Ear mites are small insects that mostly infect cats, dogs, and other animals, living in and around the ears of its host. These mites are big enough to be easily seen by the naked eye. Ear mites are extremely contagious, jumping from host to host through physical contact, and can cause swelling, pain, and itchiness. It’s important to catch and treat this condition early on. Below is an excellent all-natural home for ear mites.
How can you tell if your pet has ear mites? Symptoms of ear mites include shaking of the head and scratching at the ears in dogs and cats. Dark, waxy, spotted debris, like flecks of brown or black dirt, can also be seen inside the ears. Ear mites look like small white specks. You can use a cotton swab to gentle wipe up some of the debris and then examine it under a bright light to look for movement to confirm your diagnosis. Extended exposure to ear mites may lead to infection; more severe cases should be treated by your vet to avoid permanent damage.
Ear mite medications are usually made with oils that work by suffocating the mites. Here is an inexpensive recipe for an ear mite treatment you can make at home:
Home Remedy for Ear Mites:
Almond Oil & Vitamin E Treatment
You will need:
- A package of cotton swabs or cotton balls
- 1 oz. of Almond Oil
- 1 oz. of Vitamin E
- An ear dropper (preferably one you can close and store in the fridge to save the leftover oil for future treatments)
- Mix 1 ounce each of vitamin E and almond oil.
- FOR SAFETY PURPOSES: test a small amount of the remedy on a small patch of your dog’s skin (some place where he can’t lick it) and watch the area for 24 hours for possible irritation/allergic reactions. Do not use if irritation is present. If everything is okay, proceed to:
- Use an ear dropper to add two drops into each of your pet’s ears.
- Massage well into the skin in and around the ear, then allow your pet to shake its head.
- Gently remove the excess oil with a clean q-tip or cotton ball. The Vitamin E and Almond Oil combination works to drown the ear mites as well as heal the skin and soothe any itching and irritation.
- Store the oil mixture in an air-tight container and refrigerate between uses. Allow the mixture to reach room temperature before each use.
- You can also use baby oil in place of almond oil and vitamin E. Make sure to check your dog for skin allergies to baby oil first.
Ear mite eggs take about three weeks to mature into adult mites, so continue the treatment daily for a few weeks to remove all the ear mites. Make sure to give your pet regular flea baths and flea treatments in order to prevent mites and flea infestation.
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I wanted a kitten of my own since I was a little kid. Every year I asked Santa for a kitten only to be sorely disappointed on Christmas morning. My parents were super firm about it – no pets allowed in the house! Nothing I said would change their mind, and any bribes to do the dishes “forever” or to babysit my little sister every weekend until eternity were met with an unsympathtic, instant NO. It broke my heart, I tell you!
But finally I grew up, moved out, and rented my first apartment. Before I even bought a television or a coffee table, I marched down to the Humane Society and found the purrrrfect cat to be my new best friend. I was so excited! It was a perfect day, but that night… ACHOO! I discovered to my horror that I was allergic to cats. No way was I going to consider returning my new cat, and living on my own meant I didn’t have money for health insurance right away. I looked online for some affordable, quick home remedies to treat my allergy symptoms. These are some of the herbal allergy home remedies that worked for me:
Vitamin B5 clears congestion. Taken daily for four to eight weeks, allergy sufferers have found that vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, helps ease the uncomfortable symptoms associated with hay fever and sensitivity to dust and pet dander. Take Vitamin b5 supplements before going to bed to help treat stuffiness, excess mucus production, and runny nose. Be aware though that too much Vitamin B5 will lead to overly dry nasal passages.
Lime juice (about a half a lime’s worth), mixed with warm water and sweetened with honey, is an excellent beverage to help treat allergies. Lime juice acts as a natural detox method, ridding the body of toxins that can contribute to feeling sick from to allergy flare ups. Lime juice is also a good source of Vitamin C.
Bananas can treat itchy skin rashes. After eatting a banana, rub the inside of the banana peel on your eczema, poison ivy rash, or dry itchy skin to relieve skin irritation. It will stop the itchiness from returning for several hours. I was really surprised at how effective it was!
Peppermint oil eases congestion. If you are suffering from congestion, drink a cup of hot peppermint tea for instant allergy relief. Peppermint is a natural remedy for stuffiness and congestion, and has mild antibacterial and anti-inflammatory features as well. Peppermint oil does a lot of amazing things, like helping to treat gas and cramping and acting as a natural muscle relaxant. I always keep peppermint tea in the house to use as a great home remedy for lots of uncomfortable symptoms.
These are just a few natural herbal remedies to treat allergies at home. Home remedies like these are mostly to find relief from the symptoms that accompany allergies. A more permanent solution can be found by visiting your primary care doctor. In the end, ever little bit helps, and I was so happy to find a combination of allergy treatments that made living with my new cat so much more comfortable.