Ear mites are very common in kittens and cats. In dogs and puppies, are a more common cause of ear problems.
There are several visible symptoms that you can keep an eye out for to help you determine whether or not your dog has ear mites. Your first clue could come just by observing your dog’s behavior. If you notice that he is shaking his head or rubbing and scratching his ears excessively, you may want to go in for a closer look.
If you suspect your dog has ear mites, the first step you should take is to get him over to your vet for a full physical exam. This will help you rule out any other potential diseases or illnesses your dog may have. When you do pay your vet a visit, you’ll want to let him know if your dog has any routine contact with other animals since the condition is highly contagious.
Ear mites highly infect cats, but dogs are no exception.
What are the causes of ear mites in dogs and cats?
Cat and dog ear mites usually cause intense itching. Inside the ear you'll notice a dark red-brown or black, crusty and crumbly discharge. Dog ear mites or cat ear mites will cause your pet to shake their head and scratch their ears. The scratching can become so vigorous that your pet scratches their eyes and the first thing you notice is a tearing, squinting, painful eye. As the pet scratches, bacteria and yeast are rubbed into the skin and your pet develops secondary bacterial and yeast infections. The ear discharge will become stinky and full of pus. Ear mites in cats and ear mites in dogs are diagnosed by taking a sample of the discharge in the ear and examining it under the microscope. Ear mites and their eggs are easily seen under low power magnification. Under higher power magnification, bacteria and yeast are visible.Yes. However, ear mites have evolved to prefer dogs and cats rather than people. In people's ears, mites die without treatment after a few weeks, but they can be treated and removed as soon as they are diagnosed, just as they are for your pet. People who have had ear mites report that the infection nearly drove them insane because they could hear the scratching in their head, and because of the irritating sensation caused as the mites moved. People also report that they suffered from intense itching, heat, and inflammation. If your dog is scratching like crazy at his ears, he may have ear mites. Find out what you can do to help, including home treatment options & vet options.