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Ear Mites: Transmission & Treatment

Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
Cleaning Your Dog's Ears 
Ear Care 
Ear Mites: Transmission & Treatment 
Avoid the Misery of Ear Mites

Ear Mites Your pet will love you for it!

Ear mites, or Otodectes, are from the Arachnid family, like spiders. An ear mite infection is a nightmare for any animal.

One hallmark of ear mite infestation is an abundant dark brown or black, waxy discharge. Also, ear mites cause intense itching which leads to constant shaking of the head and/or scratching at ears. The amount of scratching and shaking depends on the severity of the infestation.

Transmission If the infected pet shakes his head incessantly, he will most likely sprinkle his environment with the mites. An animal following the path of the infested pet picks up the mites quite easily. A mother cat or dog may also pass ear mites on to her puppies or kittens.

Secondary Conditions The unwavering and intense itching, if left untreated, often leads to more problematic conditions, like secondary bacterial infections, abscesses, or hematomas (painful blister-like formations containing blood) of the earflap. Untreated ear mite infestations may even cause permanent damage to the ear canal, such as hearing loss.

Ear Clens® Kit Treatment Fortunately, an ear mite infestation has an easy and effective treatment. Begin by cleaning the ear of debris, then follow by treatment with an agent designed to kill the mites. Drying the ear canal to make the environment less friendly to bacteria may also be effective. In many cases, the tail needs treatment as well, since while sleeping, the animal may curl up with the tail coming into contact with the ear.

Easy Solutions We believe that our Ear Clens® Kit and an ear miticide are the keys to fighting ear mite problems. This kit includes solution to clean and ear powder to dry the canals, also use the miticide to eliminate the mites. Regular cleaning of the ears after the infestation is cleared up will lower the likelihood that your pet will be reinfested.


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