Earworm is an annoying phenomenon in dogs. The small parasite nestles in the dog’s ear and causes irritation and itching. In the long term, inflammation can also occur in the ear, often accompanied by (severe) pain and, in the absence of treatment, permanent damage to the dog’s ear.
Fortunately, ear mite can be treated well. An early infection can already be remedied with thorough ear cleaning. Often, however, medicines are also needed to combat the ear mite in the best possible way. Below are the best resources for ear mite and the removal of skin flakes.
1. Regular cleaning ears
To reduce the chance that ear mite settles and lays eggs in the ears, regular cleaning is sensible. This also reduces the risk of fungal and bacterial infections. The ear is best cleaned with a good ear cleaner specially made for dogs. Cleaning the ears is also important in case of advanced contamination.
A must is Oxypet ear cleaner. This is one of the most sold ear cleaners worldwide and with good reason: it does not use harsh chemicals, but does provide a very thorough cleaning. This is based on the patented Oxygene complex, a complex that combats disease makers with active oxygen.
Oxypet ear cleaner also brings the ears to rest, making the dog less scratching. This is one of the symptoms of ear mite and can sometimes lead to the development of a hematoma. Read more about the cleaning process on the cleaning tips page.
2. Ointment against ear mite
When the ear mite has settled in the ear, only an ear cleaning is often no longer sufficient. Although this removes much of the ear mite, the chance that a mite remains that survives is always present.
Therefore, regular cleaning is often combined with an ointment that can be applied to the ears. This ointment has an effective medicine against ear mite and can, depending on the medicine used, often only be provided by the veterinarian.
Ideally, the ointment is applied after cleansing the ear.
3. Neck drops against ear mite
Sometimes there are reasons for not choosing an ointment, but for neck drops. This is the case, for example, if the dog does not allow the ointment to be applied properly or if this ointment tries to scratch away by force.
However, ear drops also effectively fight ear mites. In addition, it kills mites that are present in the dog’s coat. The ear mite can also survive very well in certain parts of the coat, especially around the neck, trunk and tail.
Most neck drops also kill any fleas present. Even with the use of neck drops, regular cleaning of the ear is recommended.
4. Oral medicines
Sometimes the veterinarian considers it necessary to prescribe tablets that the dog should take. This is the case, for example, when the ear mite has caused a deep infection in the ear, or when treatment with ointment and neck drops is not satisfactory.
In case of visible pain, pain relief is often given to the dog. In many cases, this pain relief also has an anti-inflammatory effect.
5. Olive oil
Dog owners regularly use olive oil to fight ear mites. The olive oil is richly applied in the ear, where the inflammatory waste dissolves and the ear mite weakens or kills. Although olive oil can certainly work, its use is not ideal treatment. Cleaning is less thorough than a good ear cleaner and there is no guarantee that all ear mites will actually be killed with the oil. The advantage is that you usually have olive oil in your home, it only helps to prevent mites or to completely dissolve them.
Vinegar is also regularly used to fight ear mite in dogs. However, there is a risk to the use of vinegar. The substance is very acidic, causing the ear mites to die. Moreover, the waste in the ears can be removed reasonably effectively. Vinegar is also corrosive, especially in open wounds.
Especially with an inflamed ear, the skin in the ear is sensitive and sometimes partly open. The use of vinegar can then be very uncomfortable for the dog. If you still want to use vinegar, dilute it with two parts of water per one part vinegar. Use a damp cotton ball to remove the vinegar after treatment.
7. Hydrogen peroxide
On paper a good treatment method, but in practice strongly advised against. Hydrogen peroxide is an effective killer of ear mites, but also highly irritating. If it ends up in the eyes of the dog, then this is even dangerous.
Moreover, it is difficult to reach all ear mites with hydrogen peroxide. The substance can not be dripped into the ear, but with a cotton ball it is not possible to get deeper into the ear.
The use of a cotton swab is not recommended for the next few days because of the risk of damage to the eardrum. This is very painful for the dog and can cause permanent damage to the hearing.