Dog ear mites are external parasites, living on the surface of the skin, that can infect your pet and in some cases, humans. Otodectes cynotis is the most common mite that can infect dogs and can cause a condition called otodectic mange - a contagious disease of the skin that causes inflammation, itching and loss of hair in dogs.
Dog ear mite infestation can cause inner ear damage and infection and the animal my walk in circles as if drunk because of loss of balance.
The medical name for the Ear mite is Otodectes cynotis. The otodectes cynotis mite can live its full life in the ear of a dog. These ear mites can be big enough to be seen by the naked eye, as a white dot.
To examine and decide whether your dog has ear mites, scrape some wax from the ear and examine it closely.
It takes about 3 weeks for a mite egg to develop into an adult, then they live for about another two months. Adult mites are very mobile and can be contagious as they can travel from one pet to another.
The presence of ear mites in dogs can be determined by certain symptoms that an infected dog is likely to show.
These symptoms include excessive shaking of the head, itching and the presence of a smelly dark brown or black debris, made up of blood, ear wax, dead ear mites and other things in the ear canals.
Dogs with ear mites can sometimes scratch at their ears and face so much that they cause bleeding and sores that can become infected.
A secondary infection can arise following an ear mite infection as the probability of catching a yeast infection increases.
If you think that there is a likely presence of ear mites in your dog, don't use over the counter products. At times, these products can actually increase the discomfort of your pet. Incorrect administration of medicines can also lead to further complications.
Make sure you clean thoroughly the areas of the house where the animal lives or the dog can be re-infested even after the mites have been killed off.
Since there are various types of ear infections that a dog can suffer from, it is always a good idea to have your dog examined by a veterinarian.
You could also look at natural remedies for dog ear mites for future prevention and relief for your dog before the infection deteriorates.
Ingredients of Ear Dr.
Ear Dr. is a 100% herbal formula and contains the following ingredients in therapeutic dosage:
Tea tree essential oil,
Extra virgin olive oil.