How to get rid of dog ear mites

An ear mite infestation will be extremely irritating to a dog. Ear mites are infectious organisms that can be barely seen by the naked eye. Because of the minute size you would never think that an ear mite can cause the dog great discomfort. Picture the discomfort you will feel if thousands of tiny critters are scampering inside your ears – this is exactly what dogs infested with ear mites feel.

Through physical contact, these pesky ear mites can transfer from one pet to another. A pet owner has to employ measures to eradicate the ear mites at once if one pet is infested lest the infestation will spread to other pets of the family. The size of the ear mites makes it rather hard to recognize the infestation more so if the owners do not usually check or clean the ears of the dog.

You may think that the pet is trying to amuse you if it keeps on turning in circles. The odd behavior of turning in circles can be a manifestation of discomfort and the dog is simply trying to remove the ear mites scurrying inside its ear canal. Because the ear is affected the dog will lose its sense of balance as evidenced by its inability to walk in a straight line. Severe ear mite infestation can cause the dog to have seizures. Repeated head shaking and scratching can cause raw bleeding skin that commonly leads to bacterial infection. Left untreated the infection that can rupture the ear drum can make the dog deaf.

Ear mites can spread easily but it can also be eradicated easily. For the safety of the dog, the appropriate treatment must be given thus, an owner has to make sure that the discomfort that depresses the dog is caused by ear mite infestation. One of the telltale signs of infestation are the coffee-ground like discharge found on the surface of the dog’s ear canal. These crusty black exudates are composed of blood and pus.

One way of removing ear mite infestation is by using mineral oil. Use an eye dropper to apply the mineral oil to the dog’s ear. By massaging the ears, the exudates will be softened and the ear mites will be killed as well. Another way of eradicating ear mites is to use OTC medication. These parasites can exist in the environment even without a host. Wash the bedding, the toys and the dog’s things with hot water to eradicate the pests.

Learn more about how to get rid of dog ear mites as well as dog first aid at Sarah’s Dogs.

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