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An Effective Ear Wash For Mites In Dogs

Author: Shannon A.
Skill: Raindrop Technique
Date: 01-19-2010
Views: 32,980
Word Count: 322
Questions Received: 2
Testimonial ID: 4066-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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I am a purebred dog breeder and over the last couple years, we were forced to keep our kennel in a fairly transient area.

When we first moved in, our dogs were exposed to an over infested cat population. In turn, they acquired ear mites. At that time, unbeknown to me, there were other treatments that existed, we sought vet advice and utilized some prescription medication from them.

Fortunately the cats cleared out as my dogs do not take too kindly to them......Labradors love a chase, LOL.

However, less than a year later, some new dogs came into our kennel in which we queried ear mites. We never took them to the vet but instead we found on the Internet a wonderful ear cleaner made of essential oils.

Although the vet never found ear mites in our pups at the time (we had a litter on deck), we did clean all dogs and pups ears at the minimum of twice daily with this wash for at least 10 days.

Surprisingly, the dirt and debris wax (normal symptoms of a possible ear mite infestation) in those dogs that appeared infected seemed to disappear and we have not had a problem since.

Today I use the recipe as a regular ear wash as it has a wonderful smell and does such a good job. I only apply it once or twice a month or when prepping dogs for dog shows.

The recipe:

* 1 oz of witch hazel astringent
* 5 drops of Melaleuca Oil
* 5 drops of Clove Oil

Mix together and place a few drops in the dog's ear canal. Massage the ear for at least 30 to 60 seconds to loosen all the wax or ear mite dirt. Then wipe out with a clean cotton ball. Do this until the ear is clean. And repeat at least twice daily for no less than 10 days.

Please do not use Melaleuca oil on cats as their systems cannot handle this oil.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: ears — "Essential oils or their components placed in the ear canal can provide effective treatment of acute otitis media."Link
2.Associated topics: ears — "[We] evaluate[d] the efficacy of the Pycnogenol [French maritime pine bark extract] in improving cochlear flow and symptoms... for patients with Meniere’s disease (MD), tinnitus, and cochlear hypoperfusion.... Symptoms of Meniere’s disease [spontaneous vertigo, positional vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus, pressure in the ear, unsteady gait], flow at cochlear level, and tinnitus improved in Pycnogenol subjects...."Link
3.Associated topics: ears — "[We] investigate[d] antimicrobial treatment of an infected [Staphylococcus aureus] cochlear implant, undertaken in an attempt to salvage the infected device.... 5 percent tea tree oil completely eradicated the biofilm following exposure for 1 hour.... Treatment of infected cochlear implants with novel agents such as tea tree oil could significantly improve salvage outcome."Link
4.Associated topics: mites — "The lemon-based nasal spray [containing Lemon, Melaleuca Quinquenervia, and Ravintsara] was a good alternative to conventional medicine for the treatment of perennial [pet dander, dust mites] and seasonal allergic and vasomotor rhinopathy."Link
5.Associated topics: puppy-/-dog-/-canine — "Idiopathic vestibular syndrome is the most common cause of peripheral vestibular disease in dogs and, despite its dramatic clinical presentation, can improve without intervention."Link
6.Associated topics: mites — "To evaluate the eradication of house dust mites (HDM)... by direct contact using the essential clove oil (Eugenia caryophyllus).... A pilot study was initiated to determine the killing power of clove oil.... SEMs revealed dead mites on the fibers.... The zone of inhibition indicated significant clearance for all the bacteria and fungi indicating greater biocidal activity when compared to the controls.... Clove oil is a promising agent for killing dust mites with a potential use in dust-mite laden mattresses."Link
7.Associated topics: puppy-/-dog-/-canine — "[T]opical fatty acids and essential oils are a useful treatment option for canine atopic dermatitis."Link
8.Associated topics: mites — "Thujaplicin, a minor component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki], showed rather strong antifungal activity against seven kinds of plant-pathogenic fungi.... Thujaplicin and hinokitiol (the major component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki]) also showed clear antibacterial activity against Legionella pneumophila SG 1 and L. pneumophila SG 3 [Legionnaires disease, pneumonia].... This compound showed strong insecticidal activity against Reticulitermes speratus [termites], and it also had clear acaricidal [ticks, mites] activity against Dermatophagoides farinae [house dust mites].... [T]he strong cytotoxic effect of Thujaplicin on murine P388 lymphocytic leukemia cell line [CLL, chronic lymphocytic leukemia] should be emphasized...."Link

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