Most avid dog lovers will eventually find themselves dealing with some sort of canine ear problem.
Dogs with itchy, irritated ears may be suffering from common ear mites. A case of ear mites can cause great discomfort for dogs, and if left untreated, severe cases may result in hearing loss.
Infections are more common in cats and puppies younger than six months of age, but adult dogs are not immune. Ear mites are extremely contagious and may be transmitted to dogs by casual contact with infected feline friends or other dogs.
What Are Dog Ear Mites?
Dog owners may confuse ear mite infestations with other types of ear infections. A veterinarian can diagnose ear mites with a visual or microscopic examination. The mites can sometimes be seen by the naked eye; they appear as tiny white spots moving within a sample of ear discharge. Fortunately, most cases are mild and respond rapidly to treatment. Although exposure can occasionally produce a transient skin rash, ear mites generally do not affect humans.
Symptoms of ear mites in dogs
Complications of Untreated Ear Mites in Dogs
Treatment for Dog Ear Mites
Ear Mite Prevention
It may not be possible to completely eliminate the possibility of acquiring an ear mite infection. Owners can reduce risk by: