How do you know if your dog has ear mites?
Symptoms of Dog Ear Mites
Excessive scratching at ears
Frequently shaking the head
Thick red-brown or black crusts in the outer ear
Clumps in the ear canal that look like coffee grounds
Abrasions and scratches on the back side of the ears
As stated above in the list of symptoms, scratching and shaking of your dog’s head is one sign that he or she may have ear mites. The greatest danger of scratching is a ruptured blood vessel. Not caused by the mite itself, but from the incessant scratching of the ear by your dog and his very sharp claws.
Ear mites are in the spider and tick family. These mites don’t feed off your dog’s skin, rather they feed on the wax and oils in your dog’s ears. They are an annoyance and anything small in your dog’s ears munching down will cause them to scratch, which is the real problem.
Puppies have a greater chance of contracting these ear mites and it can be quite dangerous for them. They are still in the early stages of developing their immune system so they are more apt to contract mites. Puppies could have thousands of mites in their ear without you being able to notice them before it becomes dangerous for them.
What To Do
You’re going to want to get rid of these mites as soon as possible because they can spread to other pets in your household. So if your dog is diagnosed with ear mites, you’re going to want to treat all your pets in the home. Studies show that usually it’s passed on by another infected animal, with the most common culprit for contamination being a cat; it’s less likely to be other dogs. But the fact is that it is very likely for your dog to contract ear mites in their lifetime. All your dog has to do is come close to a cat and/or smell them and boom – they have mites. Other animals that can pass on ear mites are cows, foxes and rabbits. So if you live on a farm, take heed.
Surprisingly, cats are far more likely to suffer from this parasite than dogs. Mites have been known to spread to people, but this is very rare. There are different ear issues that can manifest themselves as ear mites, but it might be a yeast infection as well. If you choose to treat for ear mites at home and it doesn’t clear up, take your dog to the vet to make sure it’s not a yeast infection.
Treatment of Ear Mites in Dogs
If your dog has been diagnosed with ear mites, you’ll need to clean them first before starting treatment. Make sure to use and Ear Cleaning Solution specially formulated for dogs. Pour the solution into the ears until it’s full and massage the solution into the ears. Your dog will naturally want to shake their head when you’re finished – this is perfectly normal to shake off extra solution. Make sure to dry the ears thoroughly.
There are a few things you can do at home, as far as home remedies.
Mullein Oil: Mullein has strong antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties; t helping dogs in treating ear mites and other mild ear infections.
Garlic Oil: Garlic is a well known, natural antibiotic. Garlic oil keeps the ears clean, treats fluid in inner ears, swelling, inflammation, and destroys ear mites.
Olive Oil: It is one of the natural oils for killing ear mites in dogs.
Coconut Oil: This natural oil is well known for its anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. It soothes the itchy and swollen ears naturally. It also helps in healing the wounds faster.
Honey: With it’s antiseptic properties and consistency ideally designed to suffocate little parasites, honey makes the ideal no-sting treatment for dogs with especially sensitive ear canals or for those suffering from an infection.
In conclusion, make sure to wash your dog’s bedding after treating them. This is to ensure that the mites have not take up homage on your dog’s bed to just re-infect them. Happy Trails! 🙂