Whether you've recently adopted a new pet, or your pet spends a lot of time outside, ear mites can be a fact of life for animals that spend time around other animals. These small parasites are troublesome, but they're easily treatable. At University Parkway Animal Hospital, our veterinarian is here to inform our community about the importance and ease of treating ear mites.
What Are Ear Mites?
Ear mites are an extremely common infection by parasites that take up residence in your pet's ear(s). One of the easiest ways to tell whether your pet might have ear mites at home is to look for a black, tar-like substance on the inside of their ears. Remove a bit of the substance with a cotton swab (being careful not to enter your pet's ear canal) and wipe it on a wet paper towel. If the paper towel turns red, it's an indication that a parasite is biting your pet (the red streaks are dried blood). If you look closely with a magnifying glass, you may even be able to see the mites moving on the paper towel.
The only way to know for sure if your vet has ear mites is to take them to a vet for an examination. When you come in for your appointment, our vet will examine your pet and talk with you about any symptoms your pet is experiencing. Diagnosing ear mites is a quick and easy process, and doesn't require any special testing or equipment.
Ear Mite Treatment
Ear mite treatment is simple, and you should notice that any itching and excessive head scratching exhibited by your pet should start to fade within a few days. Most treatments are effective with a single dose applied to your pet's skin. Our veterinarian will also teach you how to keep your pet's ears clean, in order to remove any debris left behind by the mites.
While most pets respond well to treatment, it's important to keep an eye on your pet's ears to ensure that the medication prescribed by our vet is working effectively. If you think your pet may need additional treatment, don't hesitate to give us a call. All pets respond to medication differently, and it's possible that your pet may need a different brand or dose of medication in order to cure them of ear mites.
Call Our Jackson Animal Hospital
If you think that your pet might have ear mites, it's important that you seek care from a licensed vet. Call University Parkway Animal Hospital at (731) 661-0711 to set up your first appointment today.