Ear Mites in Dogs

ear mites in dogsThere are many types of ear mites in dogs but the most common one is Otodectes cynotis.  They are a small microscopic parasite that is passed from animal to animal.  They are highly contagious and can spread to other parts of the body. If you suspect your dog might have ear mites, it is important to get a proper diagnosis from your veterinarian in Richmond because some other diseases mimic ear mites.

Symptoms of Ear Mites in Dogs

The most common symptom is excessive scratching of the ear and ear shaking.  This can become so intense that sores may appear on the outer ear or they may pull out their own hair as they scratch.

You may notice thick brown or black crusts inside the ear or dark secretions in the outer ear.  You may also notice coffee ground like bumps inside the ear canal.  In some cases, you will notice crusting and scale on the neck, rump and tail.


Sometimes with the intensity of shaking and scratching, hematomas of the ear will form (blood pooling due to broken blood vessels).  This can result in very painful and swollen ears.  In extreme cases it may requires surgery to correct it.   Your Richmond veterinarian will be able to tell you the best course of action to get your dog feeling better soon.

Treatment For Dog Ear Mites

The good news with ear mites its that they are very treatable.  Your veterinarian in Richmond will prescribe a product for the dog’s ears that will eliminate the parasite.  You should be sure and treat all animals in the household at the same time. You may notice immediate relief in your pet but be sure and complete the entire course of action so that you eliminate the mites entirely.  

A thorough cleaning of the ears will help relieve the pain and irritation too.  You will also want to clean their bedding.  Cleaning the whole house is a good idea although the mites won’t live long off the host. 

Your veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics or an anti-inflammatory drug to resolve any infections that may have developed.  You may also use flea medication to eradicate the mites from other areas of the body.

Your Richmond Veterinary Clinic

If you suspect your dog or puppy might have ear mites, call Advanced Animal Care Richmond and set up an appointment for an exam.  The veterinarian will perform a thorough examination of your pet and confirm the dog ear mites if they have them.  It won’t be long until your dog or puppy is feeling good again and back to their normal self.  If you have any questions about ear mites in dogs we would be happy to help you.  Call Advanced Animal Care Richmond today.