Authors: FULYA ALTINOK YİPEL, ABUZER ACAR, MUSTAFA YİPEL
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of certain essential oils and ozonated olive oil on Otodectes cynotis infestations in cats. Twenty-eight cats were included in the study. Infestation was diagnosed through the microscopic examination of ear secretions. Clinical findings were evaluated and scored before and after treatment. Cats were randomly assigned to different treatment groups, which included Group 1 treated with ozonated olive oil, Group 2 treated with garlic oil, Group 3 treated with marjoram oil, and Group 4 treated with permethrin. Each treatment was applied to both ears with approximately 5 drops daily per ear for a period of 10 days. The effectiveness of treatments was determined using an efficacy formula. By day 10, G1 and G4 were the groups showing the highest effectiveness. By day 30, effectiveness between the groups ranked as follows: G4 > G1 > G3 > G2. Based on these results, it can be stated that garlic, marjoram, and ozonated olive oil represent cheap, easily applicable, and safe alternatives to conventional treatments with no side effects for O. cynotis infestations in cats.
Keywords: Allium sativum L., ear mite, essential oils, Origanum majorana L., Otodectes cynotis, ozonated olive oil
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