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I have a black lab/collie mix, and he's had ear mite problems. His left ear, in particular, is quite painful. I've been using cotton swabs dipped in a vinegar/rubbing alcohol mixture on the mites almost daily. That's what my dad suggested that I do. Do you know of a less painful, more effective, and still inexpensive remedy for the mites?
 

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why not go to the vet and get real ear mite medicine for your dog?<br><br><br><br>
i cant imagine having an ear thats all sore and having someone pour vinegar and alcohol in it<br><br><br><br>
your vet will probably also give you an ear wash solution that has some kind of local anesthetic in it<br><br><br><br>
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I agree with Caroline. Ear mites are difficult to get rid of, are extremely uncomfortable for the animal, and can lead to serious problems if not treated properly. The medicine is not very expensive, and you owe it to your dog to get rid of the ear mites as efficiently as possible. A word of warning: If you have a multi pet household, treat ALL of the animals, even the ones who currently don't have ear mites. The mites move easily from animal to animal, and if you don't treat all of them as a preventive measure, they'll just keep "re-infecting" each other.
 

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I agree with Caroline and Mouse too. Take him to the vet.<br><br><br><br>
The ears will need to be thoroughly cleaned out first, with something like Vet Solutions: Ear Cleaning Solution, or Ark Naturals Ears Alright. Then you'll need to apply something to kill the mites, like Hexamite, tresaderm, X-mite, etc. The ear cleaning solution isn't that expensive. I keep a bottle in the house at all times, because it's best to clean out their ears on a regular basis. It cost me about $6.00. The mite killing solutions cost about the same, depending on the brand.<br><br><br><br>
I wouldn't use just plain rubbing alcohol, because I've read that it is painful for the dogs, especially if they have any open wounds in their ears caused by their frequent scratching.<br><br><br><br>
And just curious, how do you know it's ear mites and not an infection? Ear mites can only be properly diagnosed with an otoscope. Have you been to the vet's already?
 

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Skylark- I want to let you know that I let an ear problem with my cat go way too long. She kept kicking it all of the time and she ended up with a painful hematoma that required $600 surgery <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
Just a warning from someone who's been in the same boat!
 

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We've taken him to the vet previous times when the dog has had this same problem. The vet prescribed some cleaning solution, and the mites went away for a time. My parents really hate the idea of spending money on medical or vetrinary expenses that are not currently life-threatening, so that's why I've been using the homemade mixture. I'll be taking the dog to the vet myself soon if they don't come around.
 

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I know the pet stores sell the same stuff that the vet will give you. If you know for sure it's mites (and only if you know for sure) I'd go that route. I agree that the doggie should see the doc. I hate to see animals suffer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Good luck to you.
 

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i hate to sound like an ***hole but this thread made me think of something...<br><br><br><br>
would you treat your child like that? lets say you have an 8 year old kid who screams and cries every time you do it to his/her ear... and it doesnt work, why would you keep doing it?<br><br>
why would you make them suffer?<br><br>
why would you not bring them a doctor?<br><br><br><br>
having kids/companion animals is a big responsibilty and a big finacial responsibilty, and if you cant afford even a 7 dollar tube of medicine and a 7 dollar bottle of ear cleaning solution for your kid/companion animal... dont you see a problem?<br><br><br><br>
okay fine, you cant afford to visit the vet for 50 bucks, but if the dog has had it before, chances are your vet would prescribe you the stuff without a visit<br><br>
or as someone else said, pick it up from a pet store<br><br><br><br>
most vets are sympathetic to the financial problems of their clients human companions<br><br><br><br>
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My cat didn't have mites, so they gave her anti fungal, then they had to give her something else, for bacteria. That helped. They also cleaned her ears with a water pick. Is the vet looking at her ear wax under a microscope to verify ear mites? They can have mites and fungus/bacteria.<br><br><br><br>
Maybe try another vet who might have a novel approach for these things.<br><br><br><br>
You may want to tell your parents about my post above. My $600 punishment, and horrible pain for my pet for not resolving the problem sooner.
 

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i've heard that mineral oil works well to kill mites, i think it suffocates them. but you'd still need to clean the ears properly, and i don't think alcohol and vinegar is a good idea at all. owww.<br><br><br><br>
when i got my cat's ears cleaned at the vet it didn't cost much and i got the cleaning solution and prescription drops both were 6 bucks or less, also when you go the vet will explain how to do it yourself, how much solution to use etc
 

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mineral oil helps lubricate the ear for more painless cleaning, but it doesnt actually kill the mites<br><br><br><br>
the best is to either use mineral oil or an ear cleaning solution... clean out the ear thoroughly and then apply the medicine<br><br><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by scareyvegan</i><br><br><b>i hate to sound like an ***hole but this thread made me think of something...<br><br>
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I don't think you sound like an ***hole, Caroline, since I agree with you wholeheartedly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> When you assume care for an animal, you assume total responsibility for its health and wellbeing, just like with a child. I would go hungry rather than deprive one of my animals of medical care.
 

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Scareyvegan,<br><br>
You didn't sound mean at all to me, just passionate. I had forgotten for a time that the cleaner for the ears isn't one of the more expensive vetrinary products. It's been years since we last bought it, and I've also inherited some of my parents' frugality.<br><br><br><br>
Yes, it's stupid and noncompassionate to make my dog wait any longer. I'm taking him to the vet.
 

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You might just call your vet and ask him what brand of treatment he uses, as you can probably purchase the product elsewhere. I must say, that rarely do you end up paying that much more for the meds if you just need one treatment. I usually purchase my meds from catalogs because I needed so much of them.<br><br><br><br>
Check out these sites.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.petedge.com/shopping/browse/directorymain.jsp?AS=1&keyword=mites" target="_blank">http://www.petedge.com/shopping/brow...&keyword=mites</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.adlvet.com" target="_blank">http://www.adlvet.com</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://rxusa.com/cgi-bin/db/db.cgi" target="_blank">http://rxusa.com/cgi-bin/db/db.cgi</a><br><br><br><br>
These are just a few. If you are able, I would also get some Panalog ointment. This is an antibiotic with a steroid in it, and it is very soothing for the animal. It's expensive, but all you need to do is get a little bit in the ear and it will work. Panalog is great product to keep on hand - you can use it on almost anything and it works really well. Of course, you can also just use your local store bought triple antibiotic.<br><br><br><br>
This will probably take care of it. When I owned 50+ head of horses and innumerable dogs, I purchase all of my meds from catalogs. It's always cheaper.<br><br><br><br>
However, the quickest thing would be to see your vet. If the dog is really miserable, I would do that this time, and get the meds for the next round. You might not have taken care of the infection/ infestation the last time.<br><br><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by SilverC</i><br><br><b>I agree with Caroline and Mouse too. Take him to the vet</b></div>
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<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/inquisitive.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":stinkeye:"><span style="font-size:medium;"><span>Seems like a reasonable solution to me</span></span>
 

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This is what happens when I don't check a particular forum for awhile--I forget that people have asked me questions there.<br><br><br><br>
So yeah, I took my dog to the vet. The vet took some samples from the ears, had them tested or whatever in a different room, and then the vet reported that it was a combination yeast infection and bacteria. He prescribed an antibiotic pill and ear drops, and when the ear drops run out, to use this particular ear wash.
 
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