Preventing ear mites is a common doggy issue we all must stay on top of. The good news is detecting the presence of ear mites is easy and does not require you have a vet degree or be a brain surgeon. Like so many of the other health issues we deal with as dog owners this one falls into the category of you do not have to make an expensive trip to the vet to treat preventing ear mites in your best friends ears.
There are several easy to recognize symptoms a dog will exhibit if they have a case of ear mites. These include constant pawing or scratching of the ears, unusual amounts of black ear wax, and visible redness along with tender ears when your touch them.
They most common ways your dog has contracted ear mites can be from another dog in your family, other dogs your dog plays with in the park or neighborhood, and even from cats. These pesky little buggers easily pass from one animal to another, but preventing ear mites requires you do a monthly check of your dog’s ears.
For an initial read on discovering if your dog has ear mites do the observations described above and if any of these signs are present begin by swabbing the inside of the dogs ears. Do not push the swab deep into the ear canal as this is not necessary and can damage your dog’s ability to hear. After a good sweep of the ear with the swab look closely at any gunk that is on the tip of the swab. If ear mites are present you should see small white bits of parasites moving on the tip of the swab. If you observe this then our next step is a visit to the store for liquid ear mite drops.
You can also confirm your findings with a quick trip to the vet and this is highly recommended if you notice a very foul odor emanating from the dogs ears as this is an indication the problem might be more than a minor case of ear mites. Otherwise visit the store and buy a topical medication for treating the mites at home. This medicine is normally in the form of a liquid you apply with the included eye dropper. A few drops in each ear and then gently rub the ear so the medicine flows into the ear canal.
Wait a day and then swab the ears again. Repeat as instructed on the bottle. Soon your pooch will be rid of the problem and then month checks for preventing ear mites is all you need to do.
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