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What You Need to Know about Ear Mites in Pets

Ear mites are without a doubt one of the major parasite problems afflicting pets nowadays. Also known as Otodectes Cynotis, ear mites have grown to be quite common and pervasive in the past five years. Usually, most pets (dogs and cats) can tolerate these parasites without any major complications. However, the problem starts if the afflicted pet has a hypersensitive reaction that results in hematoma and excessive skin irritation. In line with this, here’s a quick guide on all you need to know about ear mites. 

1. What Causes Pet’s Ear Mites?

Generally speaking, ear mites are typically spread and transmitted via mutual socialization with cats and dogs. Especially if your pets spend a lot of time outside.

Generally speaking, ear mites are typically spread and transmitted via mutual socialization with cats and dogs. Especially if your pets spend a lot of time outside. 

2. How Can You Tell that Your Pet Has Ear Mites?

Physically, ear mites are tiny – almost microscopic. If you’re lucky, you can chance on them as an array of glistening – almost shiny – white dots that tend to scurry away when

Physically, ear mites are tiny – almost microscopic. If you’re lucky, you can chance on them as an array of glistening – almost shiny – white dots that tend to scurry away when a light is shone on them. But this is just the tip of the iceberg – usually, ear mites hide in thousands deep inside the ear canal, making it virtually impossible to see them without the aid of specialized equipment. To rule out the possibility of ear mites in your fur buddy, visit a vet and let him conduct a thorough otoscope analysis in the pet’s ear canal. It is only this way that you can rule out the possibility of mites infestation.

3. What are Some of the Common Symptoms of Mites Infestation?

Some of the tell-tale signs of a possible mite attack revolve around frequently shaking the head, scales, and

Some of the tell-tale signs of a possible mite attack revolve around frequently shaking the head, scales, and crustings on the neck, excessive scratches and abrasions on the underside of the ears – as a result of frequent scratching. Others include generalized itching especially around the head and coffee ground-like pimples and bumps inside and around the ear canal.

4. How to get Rid of Ear Mites.

Since the infection and mites infestation is highly contagious, it is recommended that all household pets be subjected to the same treatment to lessen the chances of cross-transmission. Start by cleaning the pet’s ears thoroughly with a commercial liquid ear cleaner. It is important to ensure that you use the correct formulation – whether you’re dealing with dogs or cats. That being said, the application of these ear parasiticides ought to be repeated every 10 – 14 days until the mites have been eradicated. The same applies to the thorough cleaning and fumigation of the pet’s kernel or resting area. Take advantage of the fact that mites do not survive for long outside a pet’s body.

SOURCES: Petful, Blue Cross

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