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Dealing with Ear Mites in cats and dogs

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Ear mites are common in young cats and dogs, and generally confine themselves to the ear canal. Mites are tiny, and individual mites may be seen with the aid of a microscope or otoscope.{{more}}

Your pet can pick up ear mites by close contact with an infested pet or its bedding.

Ear mites generally cause intense irritation of the ear canal.

Signs of ear mite infestation include excessive head shaking and scratching of the ears. Your pet may scratch to the point that it creates bleeding sores around the ears or on the tip of the ears. Excessive scratching can also cause breakage of blood vessels in the ear flap, causing the formation of a pocket of blood (an aural hematoma) that may be require surgery. A blackish wax in the ears is typical of ear mite infestations, and secondary infections with bacteria or yeast can occur. Some dogs become deaf as a result of ear mite infestations.

Treatment and control.

Generally, your veterinarian will conduct a routine ear examination when the pet is first seen usually before vaccinations or check- ups to ensure that your pet is free of ear mites.

When ear mites are found, treatment of the ears usually involves ear cleaning and medication over a period of about 1 week.

For further information, contact: Dr. Collin Boyle Unique Animal Care Co. Ltd. Tel: 456 4981