Ear Mites in Dogs

Common symptoms and treatment

Ear mites are small creatures that lay eggs on your dog’s skin. These eggs develop in the dog’s ear canal and become an adult mite after three weeks. They live off a dog’s wax and skin cells and are transmitted through direct contact with other pets that carry ear mites.

Dog ear mites symptoms

Ear mites are very small, but you can see them when the ear is clear and you use some light. Your vet will likely do this to diagnose the ear mite. If the ear mite is not yet visible, the vet will take a smear and examine the ear mite under the microscope.

Recognizing mites in dog’s ear

When an ear mite has nestled in an ear for a while, the first symptoms appear. 

Your dog may experience:

  • Itching of the ear and scratching or shaking his head as a result
  • Wounds from too much scratching
  • Brown earwax
  • A stinky ear
  • Swollen ear

Treatment of ear mites in dogs

The ear mite is very contagious and it does not go away on its own. That is why it is important that you have your dog treated. When the infection continues, the ear can thicken and it can even lead to deafness. 

We also recommend that you have all animals present in the house (both dogs and cats) treated at the same time. It is possible that your other pets do not show symptoms, but are infected. If not treated well, these animals can re-infect each other.

There are several treatments for ear mites. Administering a mite killer in the neck through a pipette is one. Otherwise, it is possible to apply an ear ointment to the ear once or twice a day. If there is too much earwax, it sometimes needs to be washed away before we can treat the mite.

We recommend that you have a check-up three weeks after treatment. By visiting the vet you can be sure that your dog is completely cleared of the ear mite infection. We can help you as well. Send us a message and one of our experts will have a quick look at the problem from distance.

Purpose of this article is to provide information. To ensure the health and well-being of your pet, always consult any question or concerns with your veterinarian.

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