How to Treat Dog Mites

By Lisa Parris


Mites are insects that live on your dog. Microscopic members of the arachnid family, mites burrow under your dog's skin and lay their eggs. In small quantities, your dog won't even notice they are there. However, when the population begins to grow, the result can be inflamed, reddened patches of skin and incessant scratching. In the case of ear mites, a noticeable odor may come from the dog's ears, while the ear canals appear red and irritated.

Step 1

Treat ear mites with mineral oil. Using a small eyedropper, place 3 to 5 drops of warm mineral oil into the dog's ear canal. Gently massage the dog's ear to help work the oil in. Wait 2 hours, then wipe the dog's ear out with a cotton swab, tissue or cotton ball. Repeat this procedure twice a week for at least 3 weeks.

Step 2

Take care of skin mites with a soothing ointment. Combine 1 cup calamine lotion, 1 cup aloe vera gel, and 1 cup soluble sulphur. Mix until well blended, then transfer the remedy to a large pan. Add 1 gallon distilled water and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pan and allow the contents to simmer for 30 minutes. Allow the contents to cool, then apply the resulting mite treatment to your dog's fur. Make sure the dog is well coated, including the feet and the skin between the toes. Do not rinse the treatment off; allow the dog to dry naturally. Repeat the procedure once a week for 3 to 4 weeks.

Step 3

Save yourself some money by washing your dog in medicated shampoo and then coating him with petroleum jelly. The thick coating of jelly smothers the skin mites and alleviates skin irritation. Shampoo the dog and reapply the petroleum jelly, ensuring you have completely covered the tail and exterior of the ears, every other day for at least 2 weeks.

Step 4

Rub an over-the-counter acne cream over the affected areas. Check the label to be certain the medication's active ingredient is benzoyl peroxide. A 5 percent concentration should be enough to kill any surface mites. Apply the acne cream three times a week for 2 weeks.

Step 5

Get rid of harvest mites with using a prescription preventative medication such as Revolution or Frontline. This medication is applied once a month and will protect your dog from mites and fleas. The contents are applied directly to the skin, between the dog's shoulder blades, and within 2 hours can be safely exposed to water with no need for reapplication.
Comments (21)
Oct 27, 2010 waltzep
I had a great dane who died of mites over a year ago. We tried every treatment we could but nothing worked. We recently welcomed another great dane, Jack, into our home and after a couple of weeks we noticed he was developing similar skin problems as our last dog which meant the mites never left. Since we noticed the problem at an early stage we were again determined to fight them and tried a variety of treatments with little or no results. We desperately sought the help of a doctor who, besides practicing regular medicine, also practices natural medicine. He recommended a new treatment which included: - Feeding Jack one garlic head every day (not one garlic clove). Jack didn't like the taste of garlic so we chopped it into little pieces and gave it to him inside a slice of bread with honey. Garlic intake provides enormous benefits to humans and animals. - Giving Jack one caplet of Mega Minerals from GNC in his food once a day. - Bathing Jack with eucalyptus water. You basically boil water, add a bunch of eucalyptus leaves, let them boil for about 10 minutes and let the water reach a warm temperature (for Jack's comfort). Then you give a nice sponge bath to his whole body, paying special attention to the more damaged areas. Apparently mites can't stand eucalyptus. - Jack sleeps in his own room outside the house so the doctor recommended burning a log and throwing in eucalyptus leaves inside the room. - Washing the rug, mattress, blanket, etc. were Jack slept thoroughly and spraying it with bleach.  0;At the same time another doctor prescribed Jack with antibiotic (ciprofloxacin) and antihistamines (Claritin). However, you should consult with your vet on this one. It's been approximately a month since we started with this treatment and Jack seems to be getting better everyday. He scratches a lot less than he used to, the damaged areas are no longer bleeding and he no longer smells bad. I can't say which part of the treatment is doing the job or if it's the result of the whole thing but I strongly recommend it. A great advantage is that it's 100% natural and inexpensive. If you have any questions fell free to contact me at &# 10;I really hope this works as well for your dog as it did for Jack.
Jan 31, 2011 BIGDOG247
This is a great article on dogs mites. I had a problem with dogs ear mites in my dog. I found a great all natural remedy its called dr.dogs ear oil. You can check it out for yourself at
Apr 12, 2011 robnsuni
Please if your trying to get ride of fleas,ticks,mites or other annoying insects that bother you or your pets please try cedarcide its natural and it works, your animals will love you for it.
May 3, 2011 Linasmuch
My vet told me that garlic is bad for dogs garlic-good-or-bad-for-dogs-a192130
Oct 24, 2011 Guatta
if making the ointment for mites how long wil it last and does it need to go in the fridge thanku susan
Dec 21, 2011 demenzes
what about EYE mites? my rottie has mites surrounding one eye, and it is progressing outward. she shows no signs of irritation nor does she scratch at it, it just looks like the hair is falling out around it. thx - april
Jan 18, 2012 Bazza.c //.
Hi iv got an 11month old staff, kieva. Hers started really bad under her chin and neck area mainly redness now as this is my first dog and I hadn't heard of skin mites I was oblivious to it and went thru a number of collars thinking it was that. Eventualy I noticed scratching got really bad she had patches on her right side n behind her ear also her head hair went really fine but her head was cracking at the time n been told by a few it will do that as it grows,, curious me took her to the vet and they perscribed 'Advokat' and a shampoo its now been a month and a half and it's done nothing but got worse her hairs now really bad n it seems to have spread alot I'm getting extremely worried I'm going to try everything on here with out mixing them to cause more irritation but .... Any other recommendations would be great if anyone has more solutions please let me know . MANY THANKS!!! ...............bazza.clarke1@facebo or profile name = Bazza.c //
Jan 31, 2012 mom26rugrats
Demenzes I have 3 dogs that had the mites that start around the eyes. One of them had them so bad & treatment didn't work. She had to be put to sleep. Her sister has it. Hers flares up about twice a year. Sparkle had a puppy (not on purpose) & she has lost all her hair. She is under vet care. I'm going to try the treatment walzep listed. Good Luck, Linda
Aug 6, 2012 higgie
My dog may have eye mites (in one eye). I have taken him to the vet 2 times and given oral antibiotics and ointments. They want $500 to test him for mites, which I can't afford. Can anyone tell me a treatment for eye mites that I can try?
Sep 30, 2012 colleen.cote.39
For the past 7 months I have been back and forth to the vets office with my now one year old boxer. We just found out that she has food allergies and has an extreme allergy to mites. Her neck is constity raw and she is always scratching I was given a shampoo a few months back that helped very little. This article gave me more options and information than multiple visits to our vet. I'm starting her on a new diet that I will be making her and I will try some of the advice given here. Thank you it's other people's experiences that can help some one else.
Oct 22, 2012 mare30
Our 4 month old english bulldog puppy has developed mites on his head and around his eyes after getting his 3rd set of shots. I read that it could be from a weakened imune system. What can I do to build it up, We lost our 18 month old english bulldog 2 yrs ago because of severe seizures we don't want to loose him too.
Nov 2, 2012 SEDSU
My 10 month old GSD puppy has been scratching and nibbling his body and coat for weeks now. We took him to the vet who put him on a steroiod but we had to take him off these due to severe reaction to them. The vet suggested Piriton which we are giving him one tablet twice daily, however his condition is getting worse and we have lost all faith in our vet. We are currently giving him two Cod liver oil capsules daily and one Garlic capsule with his meals however his scratching & nibbling continues. Any advice would be very much appreciated.
Jan 28, 2013 Joey V.
I have a year old chihuahua and a 10 month pitbull and we have been struggling with mites for over six months. Thankfully their case isn't extremely severe but reading these stories have made me nervous that it is only going to get worse. I've gone to the vet numerous times and we tried Revolution multiple times without results. Now the vet is telling me it is allergies so we are giving both dogs benedryl. Which isn't doing much for them. I have even changed their food to a brand that doesn't use any fillers. The problem is still there and I just want a solution to help my little guys out. The vet is so inconclusive and such a waste of money in THIS particular case. The one thing that might be useful information is fishoil and omega3 products help with skin problems and it helps give dogs a healthier coat. It hasn't fully solved our problem but I feel like it has helped from it getting worse. For those you with dogs that have lost hair I would suggest the fish oil. Also from what I have researched, mites are prevalent in weak immune systems so make sure you are providing your dogs with any type of immune system vitamin. It might help out during treatment. Lastly, I have a really strong feeling that the biggest problem with mites is that the infestation isn't only on our dogs but on our furniture, beds, etc. Part of getting rid of them is cleaning constantly. I am scared that these thing might be like bed bugs. If they are, we might have to get rid of some furniture. Otherwise they'll keep coming back to our dogs.
Feb 22, 2013 pam.toffey.7
I have looked everywhere for soluble sulphur. drug stores, hardware stores, beauty supply and walmart, no one knows what it is. the only thing i found was sulphur dust for lawns that states it is highly toxic to humans and animals, supposed to rinse skin for 20 mins if you come in contact with it. Can you tell me where to get it or by what other name?
Apr 21, 2013 joelgmathew
How about topical Permethrin cream? It's used for Scabies mite infestation in humans. I'm trying to ascertain whether it might help esp for mites in their ears
May 16, 2013 mitekiller
i have two pits that have mites from local environment(neighbors dogs and lawn) Id suggest first getting your dogs on a grain free diet, absolutely no human food.Try to eliminate the yeast and sugars the mites feed of .Theres a variety of dietary supplements you can try 1.homeopathic sulphur 6X tablets 2.garlic 3.neem leaf/powder 4.grapefruit seed extract the list goes on As far as bathing you can do weekly lime sulphur dips goodwinol shampoo is pretty good and gentle id recommend trying the hydrogen peroxide/borax dips over the lime i find its less irritating and doesnt stink the whole house. I found the all natural approach to be more effective , at this point i have my mite problem under control but have not been able to eliminate them from my property im about to try nematodes and greenlacewing predatory insects on the enviroment hopefully it works better than the chemical route. i been treating myself at the same time as my dogs focusing on cleansing all parasite and microorganisms out of our system i take the clarkia regime with olive leaf sublingual tinctures and bath with sulphur bar soap with borax every other day . You must keep your home(hepa vac ,steam cleaner) ,yard very clean and treat the enviroment somehow as well wash all animal bedding in hot water borax and i like arm and hammer detergent .
Jun 21, 2013 CDRichards
Our white pit developed demodectic mange. We did the vet thing for over a year. No luck with Ivermectin, antibiotics & steroids. I must have dropped thousands on that vet and the dog just got worse. When he went from localized to generalized I bailed on the vet. By then the dog was raw & bleeding and nearly bald. He was miserable and he smelled so bad. I tried peroxide & borax, an expensive kit from Pets Best RX, Happy Jack, neem, benzoyl peroxide, Vaseline, etc. to no avail. My wife decided to try the natural approach too and found this company that makes a dip that worked really well. They told us about the immune component of mange and gave us ideas about what we could do to make sure the mites would stay gone. The vet never told us any of this. We quit using cortisone, changed his food to Natural Balance limited ingredient grain free and wiped him down every day with water, vinegar & peroxide to get rid of the yeast infection that goes along with demo. We put him on supplements (they gave us a list). We also debugged the house every week and used Diatomaceous Earth on the furniture. They give away a lot of free information on their site for things you can do even if you don't use their product. The company was Mange Avenge or Mite Avenge. The inflammation went down overnight, the cone was off in 2 days and he has most of his hair back. Lessons learned: vets don't have all the answers & you can cure mites yourself safely.
Oct 11, 2013 pistolpete3
my 11 month old rottie has mite around her eye vet was useless a friend put me onto a product called neways eliminator and also coconut oil which I have been using for 2 weeks one in morning one at night results have been great so far her fur is growing back on her pretty face give it a go
Nov 22, 2013 Jana Gordon
I start using Goodwinol oitment from Amazon. It seems my dog hair around eyes is coming back. I also wash my dogs every other day in mix of 1 cup of 1% hydrogen peroxide + 1 cup of warm destile water + 1/4 cup of Borax. It seems working as well. You can also use Neem oil for mange and mites. Just be patient. It takes weeks for improvement to be visible. Good luck.
Dec 31, 2013 dogs4all
I've used an igr, an insect growth regulator, got it from coop. apply between shoulder blades, my dog 60#s put 0.25 cc on him& 2 weeks later , NO more mites. hope it works for all.
Nov 1, 2015 Swtlrain
Where can I find the soluble sulphur?
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