Earmites are tiny white parasites that live in the ear canals of dogs and cats.These mites are highly contagious and frequently infect whole litters of puppies and kittens. If more than one dog or cat is present in the home and one is found to be infested, then all should be carefully examined for earmites.
Severe ear infections may develop as a result of injury to the ear canal by the mites. A dark, crusty material is found in the infected ear canal. Head shaking and ear scratching are common signs.
In many cases, the ears require a thorough cleaning before treatment. An anesthetic may be necessary in severe cases to allow complete cleaning.
The mites can crawl to other parts of your pet's body. Therefore, a topical insecticide may be perscribed, depending upon your pet's age, state of health, and the severity of the disease.
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