Is your dog constantly itching or scratching his head? Is it so bad that it’s annoying you? You should consider reviewing these dog’s ear mites symptoms. Here are some of the most common dog ear mite symptoms your pet may display: constant itching or scratching at the ears, thick balls of wax present in the ears, and an unpleasant odor coming from your dog.
What are ear mites? They are little parasites that can live in your dog’s head or ear canal. They feed on off of chemicals, ear wax and other biochemical stuff that gets trapped in your dog’s ears. Ear mites can easily and quickly multiply and baby ear mites can turn into full-blown adult ear mites in only three weeks. If you let this happen, these mites can crawl all over your dog’s body and even spread to the inside of it. Ear mites can also turn into bacterial or fungal ear infections that can be very painful.
You can help prevent ear mites by understanding some of the symptoms of ear mites in dogs. We all know that dogs can’t tell us that their ears hurt but you can help your dog avoid ear mites in the first place. For example, if you take him to a lake, a beach or anywhere with water, dry his ears out thoroughly. By doing so, you will destroy a favorable environment for ear mites to grow.
Be careful around dogs who have had ear mites in the past. These parasites can easily jump from host to host. Close contact could be enough for a dog to become infected with ear mites.
If you discover little white dots dashing around in your dog’s ears, take him to your veterinarian right away. Your vet can perform a simple routine procedure to determine if your dog has ear mites. The vet will take a sample from your dog’s ear and study it under a microscope. If the vet determines that they are indeed ear mites, he or she will thoroughly clean your dog’s ears before treating him. It is necessary to do so for the treatment to work.
Don’t try and play doctor. You may, in fact, make things worse. Although many pet stores offer over the counter treatment for ear mites and other pests, you should get the advice of a veterinarian before proceeding with any kind of treatment.
What’s the point in trying to save a few bucks with some over the counter medication when you do not even know if your dog has ear mites in the first place? This shortcut could end up being very costly both financially or health wise for your dog.