Cats and dogs can both harbor ear mites, but the problem is more common in cats. Ear mites are small parasites that live primarily in the ears. Ear mites sustain themselves by eating skin cells, blood, and earwax. They deposit their waste (a dark, crusty debris) in the ear of the host animal. They also mate and produce eggs in the ear of the host. The mite’s entire life cycle is only about three weeks, and the mite spends its whole life on the animal. Ear mites are contagious between and dogs and to some other animals (for example, ferrets), but they are not considered contagious to humans.
Garlic is also believed to be a useful remedy for ear mites in dogs.
Breed: Dogs with a lot of hair in the ear canal and larger, hanging ears may be more susceptible to ear mites and other ear infections. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, cocker spaniels, basset hounds, miniature poodles, and schnauzers may be more prone to infections for these reasons.
Ear mites in dogs should not be taken lightly.
my vet gave me a cleanser and some ear drops for my dogs mites but my dog won’t let me any where near his ears is there another way of treating them with maybe a tablet or injection
Symptoms of ear mites in dogs are as follows;
Ear mites in dogs and ear mites in cats are tiny little creatures rather like spiders. They have eight legs and live on or just under the surface of the skin. The two species of mites that cause ear infections are Otodectes and Notoedres. Otodectes infect dogs, cats, foxes and ferrets. Notoedres infect cats—usually the body and sometimes the ear. A common mite that causes skin infection and may involve areas of the head around the ears is demodex. While demodex causes skin infections around the ear, it does not cause infections in the ear canal.What exactly are ear mites and how do you get rid of them? Will ear mites affect your dog's hearing ability? If you have other dogs in the house, should you be worried that they might also catch ear mites? This article will attempt to answer these questions for you.