If your ferret is suffering from ear mites, it’s an alarming situation for you & your pet. It would be best to never leave ear mites unattended for the ferret’s well-being because Ron Hine’s Vet Space suggests that Ear mites leave & breed in your pet’s external ear canal, causing chronic irritation.
If left unattended, ear mite problems in ferrets can also lead to secondary bacterial & yeast infections. Therefore, if you want to know what you can do about ear mites in your ferret, I will advise you to consider consulting your veterinarian first. In the case of mild Infestation, you can consider using home remedies.
If you are looking for home remedies for ferret ear mites, this article is for you. We will discuss three effective home remedies for ear mites in ferrets that you can use to treat the Infestation and find some relief for your pet. Here, we will discuss the home remedies that are good & useful in treating ear ferret ear mites and the bad choice you can ever make when putting anything in your ear canal. But before I tell you what those home remedies are, let’s find out the causes & symptoms of ear mites to prevent reoccurrence.
Ear Mites In Ferrets
According to the VCA Hospitals, ear mites in ferrets are a common problem affecting pets regardless of age or sex. However, it is important that you also pay attention to the symptoms of ear mites & their causes. Ferrets also release a thick brown wax called cerumen in their ears. Hence, ear mites can’t be responsible for all kinds of wax buildup in ferrets. This is why we always recommend cleaning your ferret ear regularly if dirty, using a moist tip occasionally to prevent wax buildup.
Sometimes, you can witness ear mites infestation with the naked eye, but in most cases, it requires a medical microscope to identify it fully. However, if you are ferret is suffering from ear mites, petMD suggests the following symptoms to look out for:
- Ear Infection
- Hair Loss Around Your Pet’s Head & Neck.
- Finding Reddish Brown or Blackish Crusting On Your Pet’s Outer Ear.
- Most likely, You Will Also Notice mucous substances Around Your Pet’s Ear.
- Mild To Severe Pruritus with inflammation
- Secondary Otitis Interna With Ataxia
- A Brownie Blackish discharge
- Smelly Ears
Before we move on to know what you can do about ear mites in the ferret or I tell you what are some of the best home remedies for ferret ear mites, you should understand what causes this Infestation. Knowing what can cause mites in the ferret ear canal can prevent Infestation recurrence for your ferret’s well-being.
Below are a few of the causes that are responsible for ear mites in ferrets
- Direct Contact With Infested Animal
- Sharing Bedding Toys Or Water Board With The Infested Animal
- Leaving Your Pet Exposed To An Infested Environment Like Grassy or Woodland Areas
- Weakened Immune System
- Not Cleaning Your Ferret Ear To Prevent Wax Buildup
Since ear Infestation is very common in a ferret, Ness Exotic Wellness Centre always recommends bringing any new pet to a veterinary clinic for a check-up within a few days of bringing him to your ferret household to prevent the spread of Infestation (if any). However, coming back to the point, below are the three best home remedies for ferret ear mites
3 Best Home Remedies For Ferret Ear Mites
When researching home remedies, I only learned about one that is effective, backed by anecdotal support but no scientific evidence. Apart from this, people have been using different types of homemade solutions, which are not good and are likely to worsen the problem or cause secondary ear infections.
That’s why I have listed one of the home remedies as good, backed by studies, and the other with disadvantages. However, you’ll learn the treatment your veterinarian will likely recommend. Knowing what your veterinarian is likely to recommend will help you a lot, especially if there is no vet around but you have the medication & don’t know about the dosage. If there is no veterinarian, you should consider calling them and consulting them regarding the dosage based on the condition of your pet’s ear, age, and the severity of ear mite infestation.
The Holistic Ferret Proboards administrator suggests you can also use a mix of garlic & olive oil to treat mite infestation. Even though garlic is said to be toxic for ferret consumption, you can put a mixture of garlic & olive oil into their ears. Just ensure you are not applying more than a couple of drops.
Also, our friend Sherry suggests on Proboards that you can put a few drops of olive oil into your ferret ear and leave it overnight. Again, put another drop on the outer surface the next day before cleaning your pet’s ear with the tip. When you leave the olive oil overnight, it helps in bringing off any wax from deeper.
Talking about other essential oils or home remedies for ferret ear mites that people often use, below are the two others:
- Mineral Oil: Although Ron Hines’ Vetspace suggests using mineral oil to kill ear mites in your ferret, I will advise you to avoid doing it.
- Baby Oil: Very light and unlikely to drown or suffocate mites. Baby oil is ineffective.
According to her forum post on Proboards, many people have applied a few drops of minimal mineral oil to the ferret ear twice a day for at least 7-10 days, which is not good. Many veterinarians recommend avoiding mineral oil because it can make the ear mites stick by the ear canal and prevent them from being removed.
Even though mineral oil can be used sometimes as a home remedy for ear mites in ferrets, it’s not recommended. And, any oil is not a substitute for veterinary care. Plus, many people have complained about the ferret ears getting coated or two oily gooey due to the use of mineral oil.
Even though some people seem to use oils on their ears, it’s better to avoid baby Oil or mineral oil for storage. Olive oil is better in drowning and suffocating adult ear mites & their eggs. Plus, there is also some anecdotal evidence to support the use of olive oil for evidence in ferrets.
However, the effectiveness of ear mites is not backed by any scientific research. Talking about other solutions that can be considered home remedies for ear mites infestation in ferrets, there isn’t any that comes with scientific evidence. A couple of anecdotal support, like using mineral oils, backs most. Below, I mention some medicines that Veterinarians recommend for treating ear mites. They can also be considered a home remedy if you use them properly after medical administration.
Many types of miticide medications can treat ear mites in your ferret. Still, they should always be applied under the guidance of a veterinarian experienced with ferret care. Some of the most topical miticide meditations that a veterinarian is likely to recommend for mite infestation in ferret are as follow:
- Ivermectin: According to Science Direct, your veterinarian will likely use injectable ivermectin at 250 μg/kg or 0.1 ml/10 lb of body weight.
- Selamectin: According to the veterinary record on Researchgate, your veterinarian may provide Selamectin spot-on treatment at 45 mg (a 0.75 ml single dose tube). They’re likely to apply it between the scapulae of your ferret.
- Imoxicate: As per the Health Products Regulatory Authority, your veterinarian can also use Imoxicate 40 mg/4 mg spot-on solution to treat ear mites, depending upon the severity of the Infestation.
According to Doctor Vet, Advocate’s spot-on solution tends to be an effective spot-on treatment for flea, heartworm, and ear mites Infestations in ferrets. Also, the National Institute of Health suggests that Advocate Spot On is a very safe & effective treatment for ear mite infestation & infection in ferrets.
Advocate spot-on a solution that you will get from the pharmacy is likely to be a yellow to brownie solution as suggested by EvanPharmacy. According to the Parasitology Research on Researchgate, veterinarians will likely recommend a Combination of Imidacloprid 10 % / moxidectin 1.0 % Spot-on to treat pearlite infection and Infestation in a ferret. However, this should always be done under the guidance of an experienced veterinarian and isn’t advised to be used as a home remedy without consulting a vet.
I hope now you have all the basic ideas around the home remedies for ferret ear mites that can be effective and that your veterinarian is likely to recommend. It is better to prevent ear mite infestation by occasionally clearing up your ferret wax buildup. You can also consider using a homemade solution to clean your ferret ear.
Fortunately, we have also shared a guide on homemade ferret ear cleaner that you can use to clean wax buildup and prevent it from recurring. Also, you should avoid exposing your pet to any other animal if you don’t know its condition. A ferret is also likely to get infected from ear mites in the vet clinic when surrounded by other pets or outdoors and exposed to an infested environment or animal.
Also, if your ferret shares a bedding, bowl, or toys with any other household pet, you must separate it. Ear mite infestation can easily spread from one animal to another, causing health concerns & monetary expenses. I hope you find this article helpful, where we have shared some home remedies for ferret ear mites.
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