Information about Pet Ear Mites

February 7, 2010

in Cats

Ear mites could affect any pets, and are a common problem that can be very distressing for the animal concerned. Furthermore, if left untouched ear mites can lead to more painful and serious afflictions and an unhappy period for a cat or dog. For this reason it is imperative that the pet owner is aware what ear mites are, how to eradicate them, and what to look for to spot them.

What are Ear Mites? Ear mites are miniscule insects that exist on the blood and nutrients found in an animal’s skin; they appear as, when magnified, crabs and have legs that hook on to the host with some strength. Very hard to remove, the mite is a notably horrible creature that can bring displeasure to a much-loved family pet.

They live on the outside edges of the ear canal and dine on the debris that is left there, and are notably contagious, migrating from animal to animal very rapidly indeed. In fact, ear mites might also be spread to human sufferers, but are more likely to be seen on domestic pets and farm animals. It needs to be remembered they can spread between species – a cat may pass to a dog, or vice versa – and that many animals react in many ways to the presence of mites. Ear mites are a very prevalent cause of discomfort in cats and dogs, notably young kittens and puppies, and can cause the animal to hurt constantly.

This can cause complications later, as furious scratching – particularly in cats – could mean causing blood vessels to break, bringing about unwanted infection and a more dangerous level of suffering as well as the possibility of horrible disfigurement. In addition, if left to spread the mites can lead to bacterial problems and more, and this has been proven to lead to a rupturing of the eardrum – a painful affliction that leads to deafness in the animal. How to Spot Ear Mites There are numerous pointers that tell of the presence of ear mites in cats and dogs.

The first is the usual increase in scratching of the infected area that accompanies the onset of mites, and this can also be highlighted by an exaggerated and vigorous shaking of the head, as if trying to dislodge something that is clinging on (which is, of course, exactly what the animal is trying to do.) The ear produces wax all the time, and the presence of mites could cause this to be done.

Before doing any further research, make sure you check Wendell Ruben’s recommended Guide to Ear Mites, and be sure to check out the extended Ear Mite Information

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