If you observe your pet carefully, you can usually spot signs of distress or problems with his or her health. While some conditions such as fleas or ear mites may not make him or her ill, these pests can be annoying for him or her. Here are some tips for preventing ear mites from pestering your furry friend.
Diagnosing Ear Mites
If your dog or cat frequently scratches at his or her ears or shakes his or her head, then he or she may have ear mites. Ear mites, which are tiny spideresque creatures that live in the ear canal, are easy to spot as they appear as a black waxy substance in your pet’s ears. If you suspect ear mites, take your pet to a veterinarian in Richmond to have his or her ears examined and cleaned.
Treat All Pets
If you have more than one pet, make sure that all their ears are examined, cleaned, and treated for ear mites. Ear mites are contagious so if one family pet has them, they may all have them.
Clean Their Ears
When your dog or cat is treated by his or her veterinarian, have the vet show you how to clean his or her ears. Until the pests are gone, your pet’s ears should be cleaned daily and treated with medicated ear drops. Your pet probably won’t like the routine and may fight it, which is why you should ask the vet to show you how to treat your pet’s ears.
After the ear mites are gone or even if your pet doesn’t have ear mites, his or her ears should be cleaned once a week as a preventive measure. A vet at the Greatwood Veterinary Hospital can teach you how to clean them carefully to prevent being bitten or scratched.
Ear mites can damage your pet’s hearing so it’s important to help your veterinarian prevent them from appearing in your pet’s life.