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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-17-2014, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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I'm pretty sure my pup has ear mites

A few months ago I noticed dirty ears. I then cleaned them up every couple days for a week. The problem seemed to go away. A few weeks later it happened again, exact same results. The problem went away for a week or two.

Now its happening again.

I hate to be cheap, but I've had my own health problems earlier this year that I"m still paying off.

If I need to get him in to the vet, I will. I been searching around the web, and found references to corn oil as a treatment. I wanted to ask before I tried. Up until now I have just been cleaning his ears with WitchHazel. I have been happy with the results , but am now recognizing a cycle, and want to do what is best for my pup.

The problem is not yet bad, I just don't want it to continue.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-17-2014, 08:25 PM
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Raw organic cold pressed coconut oil. That will kill the fungus and bacteria and sooth the ear. Corn oil has NO medicinal properties.

Just swab some on a soft cloth (T-shirt material) and wipe inside the ear. will melt on contact. Allow some to get inside the ear, massage the base at the head and allow to shake out. Wipe out with clean cloth and/or more CO

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-17-2014, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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I just took some picks prior to cleaning, will post early in the morning. To me it does almost look like a sprinkling of coffee grinds. Currently there is no head shaking, orscratching, and ears are up.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-17-2014, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply, I do have some organic coconut oil shelved. I also have purchased tea tree oil, but after reading warnings am not confident enough to apply.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-17-2014, 08:57 PM
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if your dog has ear mites scratching and head shaking are the number one symptom
you notice that often before the dirt they leave behind
do not use tea tree oil
if your dog really has an issue guessing and asking advice based on those guesses is kind of dumb
get it to the vet
unless your vet is really outrageous it should not cost more than 40 or so for an office call
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Honestly with what your describing I would suspect a bad yeast ear infection over mites. This is painful. Going to need a ear swab & meds right away.
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no tea tree oil. sorry, vet visit has to happen to properly diagnose this. all the witch hazel does is have a drying effect. but it's not doing anything to get to the cause of the problem, which has to be diagnosed before it can be treated.

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Ear mites are actually rare in dogs. We see it more in cats.

Where is the dirt? Is it on the inside flap, or is it coming from inside the ear, or can you tell? Does it have an odor? Is it crusty, waxy, goopy? What color is it? Is the dog scratching the ears? Does the dog thump a back leg when you rub the ear?

I would suspect a yeast or bacterial infection before mites. For that, you really do need a vet in order to get the proper treatment. They do have ear mite medication that you can buy over the counter, but it'll be a waste of money if the problem isn't ear mites. You say you've been cleaning them with Witch Hazel, which is a perfectly good ear cleaner and should be doing a good job of keeping infection at bay if you keep up on it.

It's also possible that it's just dirt from the outdoors sticking to the skin of the ears.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-18-2014, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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I couldn't really get a pick of what I'm seeing. His ear before cleaning looks like there are some small coffee grinds sprinkled. Once cleaned with a cotton swab, the dirt dissolves and turns brown on the cotton

The reason I thought it might be mites, is I usually clean the ear 2 or 3 days in a row, and then it is fine for the next week or two. But then it seems to get the coffee grind look again.

I had cleaned his ear the day before taking this photo, and it was still pretty clean today, but did have a few spots of what I'm calling coffee grinds.

It seems to be mostly deeper in the ear, and I'm unable to detect a smell. He does not scratch or thump his leg when I rub his ear.

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