Small bugs that glimpse like ticks, ear mites can almost not be seen with the naked eye. These bugs look like little white dots on skin inside and on the outer ear of an animal. Vets will take small ear wax samples to look at under a microscope to diagnose the condition as a first step.

The ear mites cause an infection that looks much like coffee grounds, with a dry black discharge. Many vets will use this to diagnose visually because there are times when the bugs are not seen in the samples taken earlier of ear wax.

The insects are transmitted from one to another by being in close contact with another animal that is affected. The bugs can come from any other animal that has been near your animal. Since transmission is so easy, treatment for only one animal in a house is not prudent because they can all pass it back around.

These bugs can cause major ear infections and other skin diseases due to their tiny but numerous ear mite bites. This condition can be seen as intense itching and redness in and around the ear that the animal cannot control.

These bugs are contagious to any animal that is near by, and is prevalent in those that stay outside. The most common cases are in outside cats and those that are left outside for periods of time. In rare cases, humans will see the red skin rash but for most all people there are no symptoms at all when their animal is affected.

A couple of different types of treatments that are available over the counter can be used for about 3 weeks and work well. Most of these do include an insecticide but will not kill eggs, so they are used for the entire life cycle of the insects so that any that were in gestation during the first treatment are killed by the end of the 21 days.

There is one medicine called Tresaderm that is well tolerated by animals and works ideally on the ear mites. It comes with thiabendazole that kills the insects, cortisone for itchiness and an antibiotic to heal the infections. This can be located as a result of your veterinary office with a prescription. Even although there are more recent medications available, this is nonetheless a favorite of veteran vets. Not thought of the top of the line any longer, it is nevertheless approved frequently for this disheartening condition.