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Home Recipe for Ear Mites


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. boric acid
  • 2 drops tea tree oil
  • 2 drops dish detergent


Put ingredients into a glass jar and shake to mix well. Using a couple of cotton balls, dip them into the solution and place the cotton ball(s) into your pet's ear, one ear at a time. Quickly close the ear flap over the opening and using your fingers rub the ear in a circular motion. Do this for about ten seconds so the solution has a chance to penetrate the ear.

Take the cotton balls out and stand back a bit because your pet will shake their head immediately! I use another clean cotton ball to dry around the opening to the ear. It will be yucky! Do the same for the second ear.

Follow this routine once a day for a week and then once a week from then on to prevent mites from invading your pet's ears again. Works wonderfully!

A note: Boric acid is available from your pharmacist. No prescription needed, by law they have to keep it behind the counter, just ask. It runs under $3 for a container that would last forever. Share with a friend!

Source: Our vet gave us this recipe.

By Pattie from Bridgton, ME

Editor's Note: Several people have contacted us regarding the toxicity of tea tree oil. Check any home remedy with your own veterinarian before using.

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November 20, 20130 found this helpful
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Tea Tree Oil is toxic to dogs. No joke. I learned this the hard way this past summer. I was given a recipe to help repel fleas from my dogs naturally and it called for Tea Tree. I put it on two dogs and it paralyzed their back legs. I flushed their systems out with water - making them drink a ton even if I had to fix up broth - and then bathed and bathed till it was good and off. After a few days they were fine, but I was terrified. So, no tea Tree.

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July 24, 20130 found this helpful

Tea tree is VERY toxic to cats :( I would suggest not using it.

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January 3, 20140 found this helpful

http://www.petp  on/tea-tree-oil/

Watch your use of tea tree oil and animals.

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