I first noticed that my dog was infected by ear mites when he was shaking his head endlessly and scratching his ears. Some dogs will shake their heads so much that blood will actually be pouring out of their ears. This can be a taunting event to see and you might be curious as to what is going on. Chances are that your dog is suffering from ear mites. Also, a concern is when dogs will scratch at their ears to the point that damage is done to the ear canals or ear drums. We don’t want that happening at all!
What are ear mites in dogs?
Ear Mites actually don’t occur only in dogs, but happens with cats and other pets as well. Ear mites are tiny parasites that live out their life cycle mostly inside the ear canal. They are quite common and can cause severe irritation and itchiness of the ears. Think of these as infection and little bugs stuck in your pup’s ears. No good.
Ear mites primarily live in the ear canal, where they eat away the skin in your dog’s ears.
This usually results in a high level of inflammation. Eggs are laid in the ear, and in about 3 weeks or so the eggs will hatch and turn into “adult mites” which causes a lot of problems for your dogs. While ear mites are generally found in the ears, they can also wander out onto the body, causing irritation and itchiness of the skin as well.
The hardest part is that your dog usually can’t really tell you that they’re having an infection, so they are suffering silently without you knowing. This happened to me many times.
So how does your dog get ear mites? Ear mites start to spread usually due to direct contact with another animal such as a cat. Ear mites in dogs are more common with the younger puppies.
Signs and Symptoms of Ear Mites
- Head shaking endlessly
- Rapid scratching at their ears
- Flakes falling out of their ear or visual looks of dry blood.
- Sometimes there will be scratching or irritation of other parts of body as well
What Are The Top Ways To Get Rid of Ear Mites In Dogs?
So let’s talk about the different ways you can get rid of ear mites in dogs. The most common way is to use a one-time prescription to apply to the ears. Here are the most common ways to get rid of ear mites.
- One-time treatments applied to the ear: medications such as Acarexx or Milbemite (cats only). The most common one used at home is Gold Medal’s tick and ear mite control. You shouldn’t wait until your dog has ear mites to purchase these. You should keep one in the house in case something does happen. Sort of like a first aid kit. The good thing about this Gold Medal’s ear mite control is that it is made with natural ingredients.
- The second way is by using Tresaderm. This is a type of medication that you can purchase over the counter or on Amazon. This is a medication that you don’t use only one time, but you have to apply it multiple times. You should also consult your vet for the correct amount of dosage that you should be applying to your pup every time. In addition to treating ear mites in dogs, it is also highly effective in the treatment of bacterial, fungal, and yeast infections, including Staphylococcus, Pseudomonas, Proteus, and Malassezia.
- The last way is to get an injection through your vet. This is an effective solution, but my pups don’t like shots. I mean who likes them?
Alternative over the counter treatments for ear mites in dogs
Most of the medication that can be applied to dogs for treating ear mites can only be prescribed by vets. There are however, a lot of options that you can use to treat ear mites in dogs that you can purchase over the counter.
The most known medication for treating ear mites in dogs is EcoEars Dog Ear Infection Formula. This product itself received over 2000+ 4.5+ stars worth of reviews on Amazon by actual dog owners. I carry around a few in my house as apart of my emergency kit for my dogs.
What I really love about this product is that it includes no pharmaceuticals, synthetic chemicals, hydrocortisone (steroids) or antibiotics. Having a product with natural ingredients means a lot for my pets, especially when the ears is an extremely sensitive part of my dog.
Here’s an actual picture of a before and after result after using EcoEars Dog Ear Infection Formula.
As you can tell from the picture, the results are excellent and I use this product on my dogs before they have ear mites. If I sense some sort of infection in the ears, then I would apply it.
Another alternative medication that I like to use for ear mites is Ultra-Otic Advanced Plus Ear Cleaner. I still believe that the EcoEars one is a lot better, but this is a good backup as well. It’s better for dog itches and infections, but it’s a good and affordable medication to keep around the house.
Ear mites can be scary and it can be daunting as well, but it can be treated really easily. The earlier that you spot it the quicker you can get it treated.
As always, if you ever run into any medical problems with your dogs, you should consult your local vet as soon as possible, but having an emergency kit of medication to deal with minor infection, itches, and medical problems can be necessary.
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