How to Kill Ear Mites With Mineral Oil

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How to Kill Ear Mites With Mineral Oil
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Things You'll Need

  • Mineral oil

  • Ear swabs

  • Cotton ball

  • Gloves


Mineral oil does not kill ear mites on contact. It just helps remove them from the ear. They die when they drown in the cup of mineral oil. Your pet will need medicine to kill the ear mites in its ear. Make sure to make a vet appointment as soon as possible.


Bring your pet to the vet as soon as possible to get medicine for the ear mites.

Ear mites pose a health threat to pets, and can cause your pet to develop anemia, a potentially serious condition. If you believe your cat or dog has ear mites, then you should do something to get rid of them right away. Fortunately, it is easy to get rid of ear mites with just a Q-tip and mineral oil. Your pet will be thankful you did.


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Step 1

Put disposable gloves on your hands and then take a cotton ball and soak it in mineral oil for about a minute. You want to make sure the cotton ball has a lot of mineral oil on it. The reason you should wear gloves is to prevent yourself from getting a rash from the mites.

Step 2

Rub the mineral oil cotton ball gently on the inside of your animals ear and then close their ear gently with your hand for five minutes. This will prevent your pet from shaking their ear and getting mineral oil all over the place.It will also allow the mineral oil to soften the dirty residue the mites left behind.


Step 3

Take a Q-tip and gently rub the black residue and mites out of your animals ear. This will take several minutes to do. The mites are white and are hard to see. Take your time trying to get them out of your animal's ear.

Step 4

Put the dirty Q-tips in a cup with mineral oil so the mites can't escape and then they will die. Don't ever place the dirty Q-tips down on a table or your carpet. This will allow the mites to live and get on your pet again. Make sure to place every used Q-tip in a cup of mineral oil and then discard the cup when you are done.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.