Ear mites are tiny mites, barely visible to the human eye, that live on the surface of ear canal skin in dogs (and cats). An infestation produces tiny black specks, similar to coffee grounds.
How will ear mites affect my dog?
Ear mite infestation is usually detected by the dog scratching at an irritation in the ear. The ear may become red and inflamed, and skin diseases may result from the ear mite infestation.
How do I prevent my dog from getting ear mites?
Ear mites can multiply quickly prior to detection, so it’s important to check your dog’s ears if it is scratching them often or if the ears seem red and inflamed.
Ear mites are transmitted though social interaction with other infested dogs, so all your pets should be checked regularly at home and by your veterinarian for possible ear mite infestation.
Ear mites are treatable with a number of products currently on the market. Because the infestation is easily transmitted between animals, all animals in the household (both dogs and cats) should be treated for ear mites. Consult us for a definitive diagnosis and treatment options.
Can humans be harmed by ear mites?
Ear mites are not generally considered a risk to humans.
In conclusion . . .
- You may see ear mites as tiny black specks in the dog’s ear.
- If your dog keeps scratching its ears, or if they are red and inflamed, it may have ear mites.
- Dogs get ear mites from infected dogs or cats.
- Ear mites are treatable. See us for treatment options.