ear mites

Ear Mites Basics

Does your pup go to town with scratching their Ears?


Ear mites can catch a dog owner off guard if they don’t know what ear mite symptoms to look for and what exactly they are. Ear mites are tiny spider-like parasites that love to live inside a dog’s ear canal. They will feed on the wax in your dog’s ears and prefer to live in a dark, warm, moist, environment. Ear mite symptoms are brought about as a result of being in direct contact with an infested animal or even its bedding. These small mites are very contagious between dogs. Ear mite symptoms can affect and infest cats, rabbits, and ferrets. They live an average life cycle of approximately 3 weeks.


Dog owners will typically notice one or more of these ear mite symptoms.  

  • Dogs with ear mites are constantly scratching behind or inside their ears, using their feet, rubbing their ears on the ground, or shaking their heads incessantly.  
  • Their ears may be red and swollen.
  • You may notice debris in their ears which closely resembles coffee grounds.
  • A look inside reveals ear canal inflammation.
  • There is an unusual head tilt or loss of balance.
  • Your dog is vomiting or has a loss of appetite.
  • You may smell an unpleasant odor, in their ears.
  • There is increased ear wax.
  • Sudden hair loss (alopecia) develops around the ears.
  • Some dogs’ ear flaps are thickened, bleeding, crusted, or oozing.
  • In extreme cases, your dog may develop sores due to excessive scratching.


With the following 3 home remedies, you can cure ear mite symptoms and get rid of them for good. Here’s how:


Corn Oil

This oil is commonly used in a lot of homes, so it’s the perfect and one of the most immediate remedies to use. Corn oil helps ear mite symptoms by soothing the pain and lessening the itchiness. The oil drowns the ear mites and also promotes with the healing process.

What you’ll need:

1/4 cup of corn oil

Eye dropper


What you’ll do:

Using the eyedropper, place about three drops of corn oil in your pup’s ear.

Massage gently.

With a cotton swab, apply corn oil to the outer ear and discard.

Repeat the process once a day for about 14 days or more.


White Vinegar

Dog and humans, for years, have benefited greatly from the use of white vinegar. It helps with upset stomach, croup, and several other medical problems. As it relates to ear mite symptoms, there’s no exception to its potency.

What you’ll need:

1 tablespoon of the white vinegar

2 tablespoons of warm water

A bowl

Cotton balls


What you’ll do:

Combine water and the white vinegar.

Soak a cotton ball in the bowl.

Pour half of the mixture into the ear.

Massage the ear gently.

Use another cotton ball to wipe the inside of dog’s ear.

Repeat this process every day for 1 week.


Aloe Vera

The aloe vera gel which is extracted from the plant’s leaf has several compounds which have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, for humans and dogs. As a result, it can drastically help with the healing of lesions caused by ear mite symptoms in dogs.

What you’ll need:

1 aloe vera leaf

Cotton balls


What you’ll do:

Break the leaf.

Use a cotton ball to swipe the aloe vera gel.

Apply the gel directly inside your dog’s ear.

Repeat this process every day for 1 week.