Guide to your pets ears: How to get rid of ear mites
With spring here and warmer weather, ear mites are yet another thing we have to look out for with our pets. Here is a guide of how to clean your dog’s ears, what symptoms to look out for and what to do if your pet has ear mites. Usually ear mites are more present on puppies/kittens, but also dogs and cats who spend a lot of time outside. They are known for being very contagious, and often being either passed down from parent to new-born pets or between other pets. Ear mites can cause a great discomfort for your pet.
Dog’s ears are sensitive and they don’t want their ears cleaned. Here are two easy steps to cleaning your dog’s ear:
The first thing you want to do is have a bag of treats close by so that the whole experience stays positive. You want to get your pet used to getting their ears cleaned and somewhat enjoy the process. So while you’re cleaning their ears give them one or two treats during the process. This way they will associate ear-cleaning as not being something so terrible.
The next thing you want to think about is to have all your equipment ready and close by so you don’t have to leave in the middle of the process to go get something. The easiest product to use is cotton balls as they are more soft and gentle compared to cotton swabs. You want to get an ear cleaner such as our AniForte Vet Ear cleaner that is safe for your pet. Then you want to start on the outside and then work your way to the inside. Put some drops of the ear cleaner into the ear and massage it, so that the cleaner gets deep into the ear. The best is to do that outside, because the dog will shake his head to get the cleaner and dirt out of the ear. Just clean a dog’s ear if necessary.
HOW TO IDENTIFY EAR MITES
You firstly want to identify the ear mites. Ear mites are quite small you can't see them. They will ‘live’ in the ear canals so quite deep in. They cause inflammation which the body responds to by producing more ear wax. Here is a list of symptoms to know if your dog does indeed have ear mites:
You can easily spot symptoms and actions that your pet may be doing which could be because they have ear mites. Here is a list of some symptoms:
- If your pet is constantly itching their ears, head or neck
- If there are thick red-brown or black crusts in the outer ear
- Small bumps inside their ear canal and more ear wax
- Constant head shaking
- Scratches that are on the back side of the ears
- Constant ear infection
HOW TO GET RID OF THE EAR MITES:
If your dog has ear mites you want to start with the cleaning process which is written above. Then you want to use an ear mite product such as our AniForte Ear Mite Oil. This product will kill the mites by making it impossible for them to breath. For a medium sized dog you want to add 2 drops inside their ear. After 12 hours you want to clean the ear again, but this time with just the simple ear cleaner. This will get the dead ear mites out. You then repeat this process for 10 days and your pet should be ear mite free!
Don’t forget to also check and clean the environment where your dog sleeps such as his dog bed or sofa. If the ear infection continues and the symptoms persist please do consult a veterinary.
Julia from your AniForte Team