Ear mites are tiny parasites that are in the same family as ticks and spiders, the Latin name translates to “ear beggar of the dog”. The name itself is the perfect explanation as they feed on wax and oils that are in the Dog’s ears. Causing your dog to shake and scratch the ears to try and relieve the itching.
The bugs don’t physically bite the dog's skin. However, they can cause serious damage if your dog is scratching excessively.
What to look for:
Itching and Scratching the ears
Dark reddish-brown discharge that can be dried and crumbly also.
Scabs or abrasions at the base of the ear
Also, look for signs on your pet's body as a large infestation of them can start to invade other areas of the body.
Move quickly to clear up ear mite infestations as soon as you suspect something is going on and contact your vet.
What should you do if you suspect dog ear mites?
Contact your vet directly and discuss your options, mites can be carried to other pets in your house and if one has them all should be treated for the infection. As well as cleaning all surfaces and areas that your pets have been sleeping including there beds.
Household remedies and old wife tale remedies.
In general, these do not work and it is always safer to get the opinion of the vet rather than self diagnose via the web. There are a few different ear conditions that can mimic mite issues. Also, dogs that are severely infected may need sedation for a really good ear clean.
How are ear mites treated?
The first thing the vet will do is examine the ear canal and the discharges from the ear for the presence of mites. They can be easily spotted by your veterinarian with the aid of an otoscope.
The next step would be a thorough ear clean that's followed by the treatment that your veterinarian prescribes for the infestation. Bacterial or fungal infections should also be treated at these stages if present.
How to Clean Dog Ears in 3 Easy Steps
Assemble your supplies and your dog. Try to clean your dog’s ears when he is calm, as this will help make the process easier. Don’t be afraid to use treats to sweeten the deal.
Squeeze a veterinarian-approved ear-cleaning solution to fill your dog’s ear canal and massage gently at the base of the ear for about 30 seconds. You will hear a squishing sound as the product dislodges debris and buildup. Don’t let the tip of the applicator touch your dog’s ear, as this can introduce bacteria.
Let your dog shake his head. This is where the towel comes in — you can use it to protect yourself from spray and wipe down his face. Once your dog has finished shaking, take the cotton ball or gauze and gently wipe out the ear canal, going no deeper than the depth of one knuckle. If your dog appears to be in pain during the cleaning process, stop and consult your veterinarian
For further information or to book an appointment to have your dog's ears cleaned and checked, please call one of our clinics nearest to you.