Ear Mites Troubling Your Pet

Ear mites are a common annoyance of dogs, cats, and other small and furry animals. They are very small white tick-like insects that live and feed in the ear canal.

Ear Mites are not common to find in humans. If it is suspected that you may have mites, visit your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Luckily if you do, they do not burrow and instead stay in the ear canal and feed off wax and skin oil.

Infection in animals is spread through direct contact with other infected animals. Outdoor pets are therefore the most commonly affected and infection spreads among animals very quickly. The ear mites, if untreated, will lead to a variety of health issues. These issues include skin diseases and infections in areas other than the ears as well as eventual deafness.

The symptoms of infection are highly recognizable. The most telltale sign is the appearance of dark crumbly dirt in the ears. If you look closely, you may even see tiny white ear mites among this dirt. Other signs of ear infection include scratching, shaking of the head, sores in the area of the ears and the mouth, and imbalance.

If your pet does not have contact with other animals and lives indoors but still shows signs and symptoms of mites, it is likely they are actually suffering from some other type of infection. A visit to the vet is recommended to discover the nature of the problem. If the vet diagnoses ear mites in an animal that does not have the ability to contact another infected animal, point it out or find a second opinion. It is unfortunate when animals are put through an ineffective and unnecessary treatment that then has to be followed by a necessary one.

The treatment for ear mites is simple and easy. They mostly involve cleaning debris from the ears and then applying an anti-parasitic treatment. The vet can provide you with such a treatment or with one that can be injected or taken orally.

Topical treatments that are available over-the-counter can also be found. These tend to be of an older variety and take much longer to work. They do not kill incubating mites and so these treatments must last at least 21 days, the entire life cycle of the insect. In contrast, topical treatments gotten through prescription only take up to ten days, and there are also several one day treatment options via this route.

Ear Mites an infection can be quite uncomfortable for your pet and truly demands healthcare attention. Early treatment of ear mites will stay away from further problems that can be fairly critical and expensive to treat.

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