Ear mites

Ear mites are microscopic parasites which feed on the wax and skin oils in the ear canal. These organisms are so tiny that they can be easily mistaken for dirt and can be only seen and confirmed with the help of microscope. Their presence is really painful for your pet, though, and can cause the inflammation and, therefore, some secondary ear infections.

The following symptoms characterize the existence of ear mites in your pet:

Unusual dark, waxy and crusty discharge

Although the ear mites are really small and hard to recognize with a naked eye, it is not that hard to distinguish them from dirt. The discharge from the ear mites looks like coffee grounds because it consists of mites’ secretion, blood and ear wax.

Scratching the ears and body

Usually, pets tend to scratch themselves regularly, but if you notice some aggressive and excessive scratching, your pet’s ears may be a home for parasites. Moreover, mites could spread all over the body and cause irritation of the skin.

Head shaking

Pets usually try to get rid of whatever is disturbing them by shaking their head. If your pet behaves unusually and shakes its head excessively it can be a sign of ear mites.

If you suspect that your pet has ear mites, visit your veterinarian and have a sample of the ear discharge examined under a microscope. This is crucial tin order to be able to distinguish the parasites from some possible bacterial infections.

Fortunately, it is not that hard to treat your pet from ear mites. Follow the next steps:

  1. Clean your pet’s ear. Use the Sanocyn forte Ear Cleaner Solution. It is based on the hypochlorous acid (HOCl), which is very well tolerated by pets and suitable for daily use. Many of the conventional ear cleaners are oil-based and burn when applicated, which is not the case of the Sanocyn. The Ear Cleaner does not contain any alcohol, oil, and is pH-neutral. Thus, it does not sting and burn.
  2. Use an ear special medication against mites. There is a wide variety of those: one-time treatment, repeated medication treatment, an injectable treatment – your veterinarian should recommend you the suitable one for your case.
  3. Monitor the situation. In case the mites return, contact your veterinarian and adjust the treatment plan.

Ear mites are common and highly contagious, but this condition can be relatively easy treated. The most important step is to recognize and diagnose mites so that a suitable treatment plan is developed.   

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