Ear Mites Cause Severely Itchy Ears

October 23, 2012

Ear mites are small parasites (called Otodectes cyanotis) that can infest the ear canals of both dogs and cats, causing severe itching which leads to self-trauma. In most cases, this is due to an allergic reaction to the mites. Affected ears usually have brown or black, crusty debris in the ear canals. The mites are easily passed on from one pet to another through contact. The mites do not infest humans.

Treatment of an ear mite infestation is a simple procedure and involves applying medication either into the ear canals or administration of oral or injectable medication. All infested animals and in-contact animals need to be treated. In some cases, the environment may also need to be treated with an anti-flea preparation. It is best to discuss the most up-to-date treatment options with your veterinarian rather than relying on over-the-counter remedies.