Ear Mites in Dogs

Ear mites cause itchiness in dogs’ ears.

Ear mites are tiny creatures that invade a dog's ears, creating extreme inflammation, itchiness, and debris.

The Life Cycle of an Ear Mite

Ear mites, or Otodectes cynotis are barely visible with the naked eye; it's much easier to see them under a microscope, where they resemble ticks.

Ear mites invade an animal's ear canal and lay eggs. The eggs hatch, and the mites eat ear wax and skin in the ear canal. The cycle continues on and on, with new eggs hatching all the time.

Are Ear Mites Contagious to Other Pets?

Ear mites are extremely contagious between animals when they contact each other. Mites sometimes migrate onto the pet's head and rear feet when they scratch their ears, so they can be spread through contact with those ears as well.

Ear mites are much more common in cats than in dogs. Many people assume their dog has ear mites if they're scratching their ears when, in reality, they have an infection or some other condition. Inappropriate treatment with over-the-counter ear mite medications do nothing to treat the infection, which worsens over time. Visit the veterinarian for a proper diagnosis if your dog is scratching his ears.

Are Ear Mites Contagious to Humans?

Humans are almost never affected by ear mites. However, it is possible for a person to develop a mild skin rash on their hands, arms, or legs if they are exposed to them.

Signs of Ear Mites in Dogs

Dogs with ear mites could show some or all of the signs listed here.

Treatment of Canine Ear Mites

Ear mites in dogs can be treated a few different ways. Below are the common ear mite treatments that are currently available.

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