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What You Need to Know About Ear Mites


What Are Ear Mites?

While there are several kinds of mites that can live in your cat or dog’s ears, “ear mites” usually refers to a specific type, Otodectes cynotis (an infestation with this mite is called “otodectic mange”). These nearly microscopic parasites can live deep inside the ear canal or on the more external portions of the ears. Their life cycle lasts approximately 4 weeks and they feed primarily on wax, oil, and skin debris. Ear mites typically cause inflammation and irritation, but significant damage to the ear and secondary infections may occur if left untreated. If your pup scratches hard enough they may also rupture blood vessels inside their ear flap, a condition known as aural hematoma. Surgery is usually required if this occurs.

How Do Pets Get Ear Mites

Ear mites are spread by contact with other animals infested with ear mites. Unfortunately, these parasites are extremely contagious, especially in younger cats and dogs. If your pet has been around other animals with ear mites, chances are they now have them, too.

 

What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Ear Mites

The following signs and symptoms are common with ear mite infestation:

  • Frequent shaking of the head
  • Frequent scratching near the ears, neck and head
  • Unpleasant odor
  • Black or red crusts on the outer ear
  • Ear inflammation
  • Abrasions on or around the ear
  • Dark, waxy discharge

 

What to Do if Your Pet Has Ear Mites

Because ear mites can be easily confused with common ear infections, it’s advisable to visit a veterinarian if you suspect ear mite infestation. As with any pest issue, prevention is always the preferred route as far as treatments go. Regular ear cleanings can help prevent ear mites, as can naturally sourced bug repellents applied before and after potential points of exposure—in other words, any time your pet is contact with other animals. From medications to natural alternatives and home remedies, there are several ways to approach the treatment of ear mites. Before attempting any treatments on your own, we urge you to consult your vet to see what options are right for you and your pet.


Advice for Cedarcide Customers

Here’s a tip we often give Cedarcide customers to help control ear mites: Dab a cotton ball with Cedarcide Original and gently massage it throughout your cat or dog’s ear.  Make sure to treat both the ear and the ear flap, but be careful not to treat down into the ear canal, as Cedarcide Original is not recommended for internal use. 

 

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8 New Year’s Resolutions For You and Your Pet

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When we think New Year’s resolutions we usually think about self-improvement—things like losing weight, sleeping better, or getting organized. But if you’re a pet owner, you can use your resolutions to better your cat or dog’s life, too. From more bonding time to better mental and physical health, the following 8 resolutions will have you and your pet enjoying a more fruitful and fun 2018 together.

 

Volunteer

Pets bring us so much joy, so why not try returning the favor? Local animal shelters are always in need of volunteers—whether fostering, tidying up, or simply playing with the cats and dogs. Spending just a few hours each week or month giving back to these facilities can make a big difference in the lives of the animals that live there. Who knows, you might just find a new best animal friend, too.

Improve Your Pet’s Oral Hygiene

Daily tooth brushing is a big ask we know. But any increase in the frequency at which you brush your cat or dog’s teeth can improve their quality of life (just be sure you’re using cat or dog-specific toothpaste). If you do it once a month now, try adding another day or two in the schedule. We suggest consulting your vet about other steps you can take to better your pet’s oral health—an occasional professional cleaning never hurt either.

 

Teach Your Pet a New Trick

Research has linked inactivity and boredom with reduced cognitive function in older cats and dogs. Combat this by challenging your cat or dog with a new trick. It’s a fun and lighthearted way to bond with your pet and it will help keep their brain healthy, too. If your schedule is a bit tight, try using a puzzle feeder, which your pet can play with when you’re not around.

 

Throw Out Those Old Toys

You don’t have to wait till spring to start cleaning out old clutter. In addition to taking up space, old, worn-out pet toys can be a health risk for both people and pets, as they tend to be magnets for germs of all sorts. As 2018 rolls around, throw out the old toys and bring in some new ones. Your pet certainly won’t complain.

 

Introduce Your Pet to a New Activity

They say variety is the spice of life. Spice up you and your pet’s lives by trying out a new activity or hobby. From hiking to to camping to something as simple as running, introducing your pet to something new and fun is a great way to bond with your best fur buddy. Not only will adopting a new pastime get you both out and about, you might just make some new animal or human friends in the process.

 

Ditch the Harmful Chemicals

From household cleaners to insect repellents, 2018 is a good time to ditch the chemical-laden products in your home for more natural and responsible alternatives. For one, it reduces you, your family and your pets’ exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. For two, it helps lower the negative impact your purchases have on the environment. Everybody wins!

As far as naturally-sourced pesticides go: For personal, home and pet use, we suggest Cedarcide Original. For outdoor pest control needs, we suggest PCO Choice.

 

Set Up More Playdates

No time is better than the present to socialize your pet with other animals and people. So try scheduling more playdates in the coming year. Your pet will thank you for the added entertainment, and you’ll appreciate another excuse to get out the house with your pet in tow.

Consider Starting a Pet Savings Fund

Few pet owners are prepared for the additional medical expenses that come with an aging pet. To lessen the burden, consider starting a pet savings fund for your cat or dog (think of it as a college fund for your pet, but for vet visits, surgeries, etc). Being prepared for such costs will help ensure you’ll never have to settle when it comes to your cat or dog’s well being.

 

Thoughts, suggestions, have your own tips to add? Comment below or head over to our Facebook page and let us know what you think!

Is Cedar Oil Toxic to Cats?

Cats are special to us here at Cedarcide. They work alongside us all day, everyday—sleeping in our laps, lounging on our desks, watching over us as we hand-bottle & package your orders. (We’re now going to shamelessly show off our office cats, because who doesn’t keep 500+ pet pictures on their phones for these exact opportunities, right?)

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C1 and C2 doing their weekly peanut inspections.

(Fun fact: We use pet safe, biodegradable peanuts that are made from corn starch.)

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“I think maybe I can fit in here like dis.” -C2

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Conan enjoying a mid day cat nap.

OK, enough pet pictures (for now.)

 

Occasionally we’re asked, “Is cedar oil toxic to cats?” The short answer is No. We wouldn’t let our furry friends hang around—much less use—our products if they were toxic or otherwise unsafe for cats. But there’s more to be said about the relationship between cedar oil and cats. Let us explain.

 

Cedar Oil And Cats

Cats—being highly sensitive to both odors and many essential oils—can suffer adverse side effects from improperly formulated cedar oil. Phenols, which are naturally present in several essential oils, can be outright fatal to cats, especially smaller individuals such as kittens. An inability to metabolize this common ingredient is what renders some types of cedar oil harmful to cats. Furthermore, some species of cedar—like Western red cedar—are naturally toxic to both pets and people, and should never be used in topical pet products.

 

How Is Cedarcide Cedar Oil Different?

Firstly, Cedarcide cedar oil never contains any phenols or phenolic compounds. Secondly, because we use only the highest quality cedar oil sourced from only pet-safe cedar trees (Juniperus ashei, to be specific), our products are always non-toxic, all natural, and safe for pets. Using a multi-step filtration process, our cedar oil is purified of all unnecessary contaminants—including any potentially harmful ingredients like phenols. However, as with any topical pet product, you should test your cat for possible sensitivity or allergy to cedar oil with a small first application.

 

How To Use Cedarcide For Cats

At Cedarcide, we offer three products for cats and cat owners: our all natural insect spray, Cedarcide Original, our non-toxic pet shampoo, Cedarsuds, and the all new Flea + Tick Brush.  

Tips for Using Cedarcide Original On Cats
Because cats like to lick their fur, and because they’re also extremely sensitive to scents, it’s best to test for possible sensitivity with a light initial application. While Cedarcide Original is non-toxic and cat-safe, on rare occasions smaller cats and kittens have found the natural cedar scent of Cedarcide Original too strong for their liking.

If like most cats, your furry friend takes no issue with Cedarcide Original, apply the formula by lightly misting your hands and massaging the spray into your cat’s coat. Be sure to apply Cedarcide Original all over—including armpits, in between toes, and around the ears and tail. Using Cedarcide Original in this way will not only kill any hidden pests, it will also provide protection against additional fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other biting insects.

Cedarcide Flea + Tick Brush
The Cedarcide Flea + Tick Brush is the safest, easiest and most effective way to protect your cat from fleas, ticks and other biting insects. Designed to dispense Cedarcide Original insect repellent directly to your pet’s skin, the Flea + Tick Brush takes the mess out of keeping your cat safe from harmful pests. The moisturizing quality of Cedarcide Original will also help with tangles and matting.

Cedarsuds
Our pet shampoo is a favorite among cat owners. Simply use it as you would any other pet shampoo—It will leave your cat with a shiny, clean and great smelling coat.

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