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Ear Mites

I am not a vet, and this is not to be considered veterinary advice!

 







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Home Remedies

Many people prefer to avoid chemicals (and vet bills) unless they are completely necessary, or an emergency. For those of you that fit this category, home remedies are available! If your dog or puppy has a minor ear mite problem at the "just an irritation" stage, you might consider trying one of the home remedies at the link(s) below before getting chemical treatment options in your arsenal.

GREAT Link: http://www.grandmashomeremedies.com/ear-mites/#Home_Remedies_for_Ear_Mites

Purchased Medications

These are typically labeled for dogs/puppies 12 weeks and older.  The main medicine is Pyrethrin, which is a very-common component of bug killers for animals, such as horse and dog sprays, kennel sprays, etc.

These medicines can be purchased from Wal-Mart, Amazon, pet supply stores, your vet (more expensive from the vet), etc. for as little as $3.50.

Hartz UltraGuard Ear Mite Treatment for Dogs

Sentry HC Earmite Free Ear Miticide for Dogs

Miracle Care R-7M 424224 Ear Mite Treatment

Flea Treatments:
To treat ear mites in cats or dogs, many swear by using flea treatments, such as Frontline and Revolution, to kill ear mites. Place one drop in each ear as a daily treatment until mites are gone.

If you choose Revolution, I don't know that you need to do the daily ear drop method. In fact, Revolution is labeled for ear mites, with a once-per-month application on the back/shoulders being their recommendation for puppies/dogs as young as 6 weeks. Revolution also treats heartworms, which would eliminate your need to give a separate heartworm medication each month. It is a broad-benefit option for fleas/ticks/mites/heartworms, which makes its overall cost actually quite affordable each month.

What about younger puppies, under 12 weeks?

Home Remedies:
See the Home Remedies section, above, for safe options.

Revolution:
Revolution is labeled for ear mites
, with a once-per-month application on the back/shoulders being their recommendation for puppies/dogs as young as 6 weeks. Revolution also treats heartworms, which would eliminate your need to give a separate heartworm medication each month. It is a broad-benefit option for fleas/ticks/mites/heartworms/sarcoptic mange, which makes its overall cost actually quite affordable each month.

Ivermectin:
Also, some vets and breeders use ivermectin-based products on puppies much younger than 12 weeks. Ivermectin does not require a prescription, but it is sold in large quantities that make it too costly for a pet owner unless they have cattle, horses, goats, etc. If you know a farmer....he or she probably has ivermectin liquid at home. ;-)

Ivermectin that can be used this way comes in two forms:  Pour On and Injectable. You don't inject it, however. You put it in the ears (topical).

The "pour on" version can be put in the puppy's ears directly. I don't have a dosage, but have seen breeders use about 1/4 to 1/2 cc in a beagle puppy's ears (about 8 weeks old, so 5 pounds). I am  not a vet, so don't take that as the dosage you should use! Do some research.

This is from Showcatsonline.com, but I have seen it used for dogs/puppies this way as well. They are referring to the injectable version of ivermectin here:

"I recommend using the 0.27% swine formulation only. The dose is "one drop per pound" (0.05 ml per pound, 0.5 ml for an adult cat). If using the 1% solution, the dose is 0.1 ml for an adult cat, but must be carefully diluted to be accurately dosed in kittens. Diluting one part 1% Ivermectin to three parts mineral oil will create a solution that can be dosed topically in the same amounts as the 0.27% solution. One source for purchasing Ivomec 0.27% online is Jeffers Livestock.

Ivermectin treatment should be repeated in 2-3 weeks to catch life stages that were not killed by the first treatment. Prevention of reinfection is important and can be accomplished by cleaning the environment thoroughly and treating all cats in the cattery at the same time. Mites do not live for significant amounts of time in the environment, so treatment of the carpet, scratching posts, etc. with an insecticide is not necessary. "

For many years, I used one to 2 drops of 1% injectable ivermectin in each ear for 5-lb puppies, and never had an adverse reaction. I did this as a precaution before puppies left me, so can't say whether it worked or not. During those years, we never had a puppy with ear mites...because of the ivermectin, or just because we didn't have ear mites? I don't know that answer.

Do not use on dog breeds that don't play well with ivermectin (such as Australian Shepherds).

 

 

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