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MY DOG HAS EAR MITES ! Maybe not ?

From the Desk of Dr. Erin.Sanders Smith Veterinary Hospital

Ear infectionsin dogs and cats can be caused by numerous agents: Bacteria, yeast, ear mites, foreign bodies (foxtails), and/or allergies. Many people tend to see an ear infection and treat for ear mites. Here is some information on ear mites and treatments.

Ear mite infections are more common in cats than in dogs. Dogs can develop ear mites, but more likely they have an ear infection due to bacteria or yeast.

Ear mites are microscopic arthropods resembling ticks. Diagnosis is made by microscopic examination of the discharge from the ear. Infections usually produced a dry black ear discharge commonly said to resemble coffee grounds. The discharge is composed of ear wax, blood, and the ear mites themselves.

The life cycle of a mite lasts 3 weeks from hatching from an egg to reproductive age.

Ear mites are passed from one animal to another through direct contact. If one cat in the household is diagnosed with mites, all cats need to be treated to prevent re-infestation. Outdoor cats are the most susceptible to infestation, followed by cats in multiple cat households. Ear mites are highly contagious from pet to pet, but not to humans.

Signs of ear mites in cats are dark, gritty debris in the ear, itchy ears, wounds from scratching at the ears, constant scratching at the ears. However, these are some of the same signs seen in dogs with bacterial, allergy, or yeast ear infections.

If you think your cat (or dog) has ear mites, please bring them in to be examined by a veterinarian. Misdiagnosis at home can lead to ear infections which are harder to treat and often over the counter medications for mite treatments are being used for infections caused by bacteria or yeast.

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June 22, 2011 Posted by | av veterinary hospital, ear infection, ear mites, lancaster family pet, veterinary | , , , , | Leave a comment

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June 22, 2011 Posted by | av veterinary hospital, ear infection, ear mites, lancaster family pet, veterinary | , , , , | Leave a comment