ear mites; what are they?

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The most boring things are the ear mites which live in the ears of the animals. And they can cause infection with intense itching.

“Otodectes cynotis” are the most common ear mites found in cats and dogs. They are  eight-legged,tiny parasites  that feed on the wax and oils in a cat or dogs ear canal. Ear mites can infect the internal and external ear canal and usually have a life cycle of 3 weeks.

This parasites are most common in pets that spend most of the time outside on long grass. Ear mites contribute to 50% of all feline ear infections. They are highly contagious and are easily passed through casual contact between animals.

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The infection usually produces a dark coloured discharge. Other signs and symptoms in cats and dogs include excessive scratching and rubbing of the area, head shaking, a strong odour, inflammation of the ear and a possible obstruction of the ear canal with a ‘coffee ground-like’ discharge. Cats also may experience hair loss or dermatitis and have scratches or scabs near the ear.

The typical treatment for ear mites may include ear drops and antibiotics and sometimes gentle cleaning with a cotton will do the job .And if you need additional help and assistance just go to your local veterinarian.

By ensuring you clean your pets bedding regularly and checking all your pets for for infestation (especially if your pet has just recovered from ear mites) you can help avoid further problems. One of the best ways to avoid the infection to begin with is with gentle routine cleaning of the ears which can prevent ear mites as it will alert you for any future problems.

 

SOurce: https://justforpets.com.au/ear-mites/