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Sweet oil-HELP
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Charles Weyand    Posted 10-14-2003 at 16:04:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
My dog has ear mites I think. He keeps scratching his ear. Right side mostly. And there is some drainage. Is sweet oil good for this and how much. He is a golden retreiver about 6 months old. I could take him to the vet, but I am cheap and don't want to take off of work.


Tom A    Posted 10-15-2003 at 04:39:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm cheap too, but we use 2 different things from the vet for ear mites.

During flea and tick season, we get some once-a-month stuff that kills fleas, ticks, *and* ear mites. It is pretty pricey, but works well and is worth it.

During the rest of the year, we have a small bottle of ear mite medicine we got from the vet that we use. A bottle lasts a couple of years in the fridge and seems to work with just one or two applications on both the dogs and cats so I consider it money well spent.

Tom A

friend    Posted 02-12-2006 at 13:42:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
You should be ashamed of yourself; being so cheap about getting medical help for your dog. He could be in pain. I hope the ASPCA finds you.

Good night    Posted 06-11-2008 at 09:56:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You're an idiot. It's not like he isn't helping the dog. If you can help the dog at home, AND you don't have the $'s, what's the problem. It's not like he pitched the pup out and abandoned him.

ATW/WA    Posted 10-14-2003 at 19:57:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]

You don't happen to have any "cheat grass" out there at the farm, do you?

It is not uncommon for the beards of cheat grass to become lodged in the ears of dogs. It will take a steady hand and a lighted ear scope to extract the cheat beard if that is what it is.

Pull the dogs ear back an take a good sniff. You will want to get your nose right down next to the ear canal, if the beard has penitrated tissue and the site has become infected you'll smell it.

I know you are cheap, but if not ear mites you will have to consider taking the dog into the veternarian for a check up.


cowpie    Posted 10-14-2003 at 18:33:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Baby oil works. Otherwise go to a farm supply store and look in the small animal section. They usually have bottles of miticide on the shelves.

Fawteen    Posted 10-14-2003 at 17:17:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dunno for sure what you mean by "sweet oil" but I've used mineral oil with good results.

Charles(Mo)    Posted 10-14-2003 at 17:48:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
The bottle says,"Sweet oil, olive oil N.F." I don't know what the N.F. stands for.

I have been keeping my dog out at the property where we are building our house. When I went out there this evening to feed him, I noticed that there was something wrong with his ears.

So I stopped at walmart to see if they had anything for it. I picked up a bottle of mineral oil and asked the pharmicist if that was the same as sweet oil.

She said that I should never use mineral oil in the ears, and she got the sweet oil for me.
I have heard that is what a lot of people use.
Was wondering what the people on the board thought.


Rustybones    Posted 10-15-2003 at 15:15:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, sweet oil will kill the mites. It smothers them. Ever had an ear infection when you were a kid? Chances are, you had sweet oil put in your ear. It's an old remedy for ear problems. Use about 10 drops in the ear and rub the ear well.

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