What Are Nasty Dog Ear Mites?
Dog ear mites are tiny external parasites that can infest your pet’s ears and sometimes lead to dog ear infections. They cause pain and discomfort as they bite through a dog’s skin to feed. This usually causes an allergic reaction in most dogs. Dog allergies can be as severe as in humans but with dog, symptoms show more because of the scratching that that may result in other dog health problems. And this allergic reaction often shows itself as an irritating inflammation that swells up the area around your dog’s ears. This itchy inflammation is what causes a dog to show very obvious signs of ear mite infestation. This contagious condition should be treated as soon as possible.
What Are The Signs Of Dog Ear Mite Infestation?
As you can imagine, itchy inflamed ears can be very uncomfortable for your pet. If your dog shows any of these signs its time for an ear inspection:
- Frequent head shaking
- Persistent scratching around the ears
- Rubbing the head and ears against objects
- Ears are sensitive or hurt when touched
- Dark brown to black debris in the ears
- Foul smelling odor coming from the ears
How Are Dog Ear Mites Treated?
A dog’s ears are normally warm, dark and moist. This is also a perfect environment for bacteria and yeast to thrive which can effect canine health. And open sores from an ear mite infestation can leave your pet susceptible to these secondary bacterial or yeast infections.
It may sometimes be very difficult to determine exactly what’s causing these dog health problems. If a bacterial ear infection is left untreated it can result in loss of hearing. If you’re not sure if you’re dealing with an ear mite infestation or an ear infection it’s best to bring your pet to the vet immediately.
Dog ear mites are very small, but you may be able to see them with a magnifying glass. Look for small moving white specks on the dark debris in your dog’s ears.
Ear mites can be transmitted to other pets and even humans. Mites have a life cycle of about 3 weeks. And like fleas they can survive away from an animal for a period of time. It’s usually necessary to treat your pet for three to four weeks to kill the mites and any eggs that may hatch in that period of time. If you have any other pets in your household you should treat each of them along with your infected pet. It’s also a good idea to treat your home as well to prevent future infestations.
There are effective over-the-counter dog ear mite medications that you can use to treat your pet’s ears and coat. Flea control products formulated to kill adult fleas in your pet’s environment will also kill ear mites. Always follow the instructions on the manufacturer’s label and use only as directed.
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