Use coconut oil as part of ear mite treatment for dogs

Use coconut oil as part of ear mite treatment for dogs
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Ear mites, also known as otodectes cynotis mites, are a parasitic infection that commonly affects dogs. If you think your dog may have ear mites or you simply want to educate yourself on how to treat him if the situation ever arises, you’ve come to the right place!

Symptoms of ear mites in dogs

The first and most notable thing that could signify ear mites in dogs is excessive scratching of the ears and around the head that could even lead to hair loss. Along these same lines, you might also notice your dog shaking his head quite frequently.

If your dog is doing one or both of those things, also be on the lookout for the following from your dog:

  • Dried blood or lesions around the ear canal
  • Discharge from the ear that has a coffee ground-like appearance
  • Foul odor coming from the ears
  • Whining or crying when his ears are touched

It’s important to make note of these symptoms and seek a diagnosis and treatment for ear mites because, though rare, an infestation could lead to the spreading of mites to other parts of your dog’s body, which could cause skin irritation. Other possible complications from ear mites include the rupturing of blood vessels inside the ear flaps, making them painful to the touch and swollen-looking. If this happens, your dog may have developed a condition known as aural hematomas which often requires surgery to correct. If you haven’t already sought veterinarian care at this stage, you definitely need to do so now.

Ear mite treatment for dogs

Ear mites are commonly treated at home with over-the-counter treatments that involve putting medication in your dog’s ears daily for 10 to 30 days. With these medications, it is important not to miss a dose, or your dog may still have ear mites when you “finish” the medication.

There are also ear mite treatments that can be applied as a single dose to your dog’s skin, though they are only available through veterinarians. You will not find these over-the-counter.

Regardless of the type of ear mite treatment you use for your dog, it is incredibly important that you keep his ears clean the entire time. Your veterinarian may clean out all the debris in your dog’s ear canals, or they may recommend you do so (regularly) at home. One such way to clean and care for your dog’s ears is by using coconut oil.

Skinny & Co. Coconut OilIt has been suggested that coconut oil has has antiviral and antibacterial properties, which would make it a great option for caring for your dog’s ears while he has ear mites. Simply add a small amount to the inside of your dog’s ear canal to help keep them clean. As a benefit, the coconut oil will also smother any existing mites present at that time. Doing this for a few days is likely enough to yield results.

Final thoughts

Again, it’s incredibly important that you work with your veterinarian to ensure that your pet is receiving the best care possible for his ear mite infestation. Once you have finished treating your dog’s ears, make sure you schedule a follow-up appointment to verify that all mites are gone.

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  • Skinny & Co.: October 22, 2019

    Hi, Lewellyn! I hope you experience great results from using our coconut oil!

    Hi, Deborah! Yes, you can use one tablespoon at a time! I would recommend rubbing it in your hands until it is melted, and then applying to your dog’s ear!

    Hi, Peter! Yes, using pure products is the best solution to issues like this!

  • Lewellyn Esquivel: September 20, 2019

    Thank you, I appreciate the remedy of coconut oil. I will try it today.

  • Deborah Lizotte : October 22, 2019
    I keep asking the same question over and over again I know that the Palmeiro oil coconut refined it’s good for my dogs ear mites she’s had them before now I have a salad you are a 16 fluid ounce I know I’m not going to use the whole thing at one time can I use a tablespoon at a time on my dog because the infection is only in one ear and none of the questions that I ask do I get the answer to none of them say You could heat up a partial amount none of them say you could use a teaspoon also they do is tell you that you can heat it up but not in a microwave I do not know if I hit the same thing up will it interrupt the properties of the coconut oil will deplete the properties in the coconut oil and that’s why I want to know can I use a tablespoon add a time
  • Peter: September 06, 2019

    I gave pure Cocos oil and it gave a positiv reaction
    Have 8 dogs and all are infected.
    The cause is that there are stray cats going on our property and they are The worst to spread it Around.
    I ordered strong hold to give as we need to killt The mites once for all.
    Happy i started with Cocos oil

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