How to Get Rid of Ear Mites
Most of us are familiar with ear mites because they are common among dogs and cats. They are considered to be infectious having a characteristic of dry black discharge that can be compared with coffee grounds. Since they are visible with the naked eye, the confirmation or diagnosis is done visually without the help of a microscope. The discharges are made up of blood, ear wax, ear mites. The ear mites are transmitted via direct contact with the host thus treatment should include all household pets. The harmful effects of ear mites can lead to irritating ear infections and skin disease. Studies have known that it can also infect humans by developing skin rashes.
Symptoms to look out for:
- If your pet has a higher fever.
- If your pet is constantly shaking their head.
- Constant scratching of the ears.
- Your pet walks in circles or seems dizzy.
The infected pets usually shake their heads frequently, scratching their ears and having endless irritation. If they are not treated early, the mites will moved to the ear canal causing infection in the middle ear. I am pretty sure that we don’t want our pets to be infected and the following are the guides on how to get rid of ear mites:
Inserting a vegetable or olive oil into the pet’s ears
This is considered to be the basic step in relieving the discomfort experienced by the pets. The oil will be inserted via the ear canal while keeping the head of the pet upright. This method is done to loosen the impacted mite dirt. With the use of a clean cotton balls, clean the ears and do it gently.
Applying topical medication for a minimum of three weeks
There are number of medications readily available for the eradication of ear mites. Insecticides don’t kill the mite eggs that are why they are not recommended in this case. The duration is longer that’s why it is considered to be inconvenient and the pet might not cooperate. There is topical ear medication with a brand name of Tresaderm which is favored by veterinarians. The treatment is only for two weeks which is more convenient compared to the first one. This medication also serves as oily lubricant and it also clean the ears.
Massage the ears
For a pet, applying the oil won’t be enough. Once you apply the oil, massage the pet’s ears to ensure that the ear mites are loosened, as well as the ear wax. Grasp the tip of the ears and rub inside with your fingers. You’re going to want to make sure that you don’t rub too hard, as it can do more harm than good.
Mix soap with water
Mix a little bit of dish washing soap with a cup of warm water. Place a syringe in the water and drop some in the pet’s ears until it runs clear. Keep in mind that some pets may not like what you’re doing to them, so if you feel uncomfortable, it may be ideal to leave it up to the pros.
Consult with a vet
Many oils and creams may not work. If you’re finding that nothing is working, it may be best to consult with a professional vet to see what they can recommend. You’re going to find that there are many prescriptions that a vet can prescribe that can help greatly.