Dog Ear Mites are the topic of this latest video segment featuring veterinarian Sam Meisler DVM. Ear mites in dogs can be diagnosed easily with a physical examination using an otoscope.
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Ear Mites in Dogs
On many occasions, when a dog is presented for an ear infection, the owner may assume incorrectly that it is being only cause of a dog ear infection. If ear mites are not easily seen in the dog’s ear canal, then an ear cytology should be performed to rule out other causes of dog ear infections. Dog ear mites feed directly on the fluids produced in the ear as well as on the tissues of the ear canal. They cause irritation, pain and noise as they move near the ear drum. The dog ear mite is easily passed from dog to dog and if one member of the dog household is diagnosed with ear mites, all members should be treated. Treatment involves either using a topical treatment for ear mites used in the ear canal directly or an actual heartworm preventative that is used topically on the back of the dog’s skin. This latter treatment is very effective and only requires one or two doses of treatment; it is also much less painful for your dog. There are many natural treatments for ear mites, however, the topical heartworm preventative, selamectin, is a much more comfortable, non-irritating, non-painful way to treat them.
- Sam Meisler DVM
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