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Ear Mites in Dogs

Updated on February 13, 2013


Ear mites in dog is a condition that can often go unnoticed only to be notice in its severity. There may be other numerous causes of ear problems in dogs other than ear mites in dogs that can be potentially devastating. It is important that every pet owner knows how to get rid of ear mites in both cats and dogs.

There are many dog shampoos out there that are medicated to help you get rid of ear mites. It is also common amongst dog owners to forget to clean the dog’s ears when they are grooming the dog in the normal grooming procedure.

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What are Ear Mites in Dogs?

Ear mites are not insects since insects are known to have 3 pairs of legs. Mites are arachnids classified in the same class with spiders and they have four pairs of legs. They are host specific and live on the dog’s ears and are therefore called by the scientific name Otodectes cynotis.

Their effect in the ear is to cause severe irritation that result to the dog shaking the head which is easily traumatized. The mites have a 3 week life cycle and this is not seen easy. The mites develop without the obvious knowledge of the dog owner and the condition aggravates to a more serious ear problem.

What mites in dog ears do; they cause irritation, they cause inflammation of the ears, block the ear canal and produce severe ulcers that invite the secondary bacterial infection.

What are the Signs that a Dog has Ear Mites?

  • Usually dogs with ear mites show the following symptoms;
  • The dog shakes the head continually and tilts it to one side
  • Head shaking leads to cyanosis of the ear and subsequent trauma to other parts of the body
  • The ulcerations in the ear produce bad odor and attract flies that contaminate the ulcers. It’s important that treatment is sought immediately this problem is seen to avert a more chronic ear problem.
  • Obstruction of the ear canal with production of discharge
  • Inflammation of the ear and the head

What are the Signs of Chronic Complications resulting from Ear Mites in Dogs?

When the dog’s ears are infested with ear mites; so many things can go wrong. The blood supply of the ear can be occluded due to inflammation and consequently, lead to ear flap hematoma. This is a condition is seen in numerous dogs and often requires some surgical intervention.

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Prevention of Ear Mites in Dogs

This can be done easily by cleaning the ears on a regular basis to remove the debris in the ears and the mites that might have infested dog ears. The removal of this debris is important for you to keep your dog free of mites in the ears.

You should prevent physical contact with infected dogs to avoid contamination since ear mites spread easily in dogs. Cleaning of the dog’s environment is also important for getting rid of the other mites that might have inhabited the environment and could cause future re-infection.


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      Excellent information.


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