Types of Ear Mites
Treating Ear Mites
Ear mites are unfortunately, a quite common problem in cats and dogs. These tiny little spider-like creatures have eight legs and make their home either on or just under the surface of your pet’s skin.
- Types of Ear Mites in Cats and Dogs
There are two types of ear mites that commonly cause ear infections in cats, dogs and other small mammal pets. These are Notoedres and Otodectes. Notoedres cause infections in cats and rabbits. They can be found on the body and sometimes in the ear. Otodectes infect dogs, cats, ferrets and foxes. A third type of mite, demodex can sometimes cause a skin infection on the head and around the ears but it does not actually cause an infection inside the ear canal.
- How Cats and Dogs get Ear Mites
Ear mites are easily transmitted from one animal to another but they are most commonly found in younger pets. They are particularly common in abandoned puppies, kittens and animals in pet shelters. Older pets tend to be more resistant to ear mites, though it is possible for them to get them. If the ear mites happen to infect a human ear, the mites die within a couple of weeks because humans are not hosts of these mites.
- Recognizing an Ear Mite Infestation
Recognizing an ear mite infestation in your pet is normally quite easy. Generally, an ear mite infestation will result in dry, black discharge from the ear that looks similar to coffee grounds. This discharge is made of blood, earwax, inflammatory biochemicals and the ear mites themselves. The discharge can also have an unpleasant odor.
- Treating Ear Mites on Cats and Dogs
Painful and troublesome ear infections can result if your pet’s ear mites are left untreated. In addition, skin diseases can also occur therefore, it is important to use a product such as Ilium Ear Drops to help kill off the mites. Be sure to follow the directions carefully and to administer the drops for the recommended duration so that the life cycle of the ear mites will be halted. If not, the ear mite problem will return and you will have to begin the process over again. Ear mites on dogs can be easily controlled with Revolution and Advocate.