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A comprehensive physical exam is a must-do for any pet. Your puppies’ physical exam includes ear exam.

Ear mites can affect dogs of all ages.

There are several types of dog ear mites, but the most common are otodectes cynotis -tiny, eight-legged parasites that feed on the wax and oils in a dog’s ear canal. An individual mite has a three-week life cycle, and is barely detectable by the naked eye. Causing irritation and inflammation, dog ear mites can infect the external and internal canal, and lead to more serious skin or ear infections if left untreated.  Infection usually produces a characteristic dark discharge; in some cases, the ear canal can become entirely obstructed by this coffee ground-like debris.

Dog ear mites can be treated with products your veterinarian will prescribe that are applied directly in the ear or parasite medications that are applied right to the skin. Please visit best friends animal hospital in order to heal your dog.

Your veterinarian may also prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs or an antibiotic to resolve infections.

A dog will start to feel relief soon after treatment begins, but please complete the full cycle of treatment and remember that all animals in a household need to be treated to ensure full eradication.

 


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