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Dog ear mites & solutions to care for pets' ears
Ear mite infections are a big problem for both cats and dogs. If you watch your cat or dog and notice some changes in behavior it could be that your pet has ear mite problems. If your pet starts shaking his head violently or won't stop scratching at his ears, even to the point where he is crying out because it is painful, you are probably dealing with ear mites.
So who are these tiny pests, the ear mites? They are minute parasites that live in the lining of the ear canal.
They penetrate the skin to feed on the blood supply, resulting in swelling and pain for your pet. Left undetected or untreated you are probably looking at more problems, with opportunistic yeast infections, bacterial strains, sores and painful scabs to contend with.
In the worst case scenario, an untreated ear mite problem may result in loss of hearing. Ear mites are like fleas - they will easily find another host if one is available. This is especially bad news as an ear mite infection in one animal in a kennel or cattery can spread like wildfire throughout the whole community.
Treat all animals at the same time to ensure you don't get repeated re-infections. All cats and dogs can get an ear mite infection, but dogs with long floppy ears such as spaniels as more prone as they offer a greater number of hiding places for the mites.
Ear mites can be dispatched easily and quickly. The first issue to to keep the ears clean - this is where products such as PNP Healthy Ears Ear Cleanser for Dogs can help, as its gentle cleaning properties will remove debris, wax and dust from the animal's ears. It can help prevent ear infections, and is easy to apply with a specially designed nozzle. Use regularly and apply after swimming.
Another ear cleaner option is Lambert Kay Ear Rite Insecticidal Ear Wash. It helps clean the external ear surfaces, preventing infection. If you want to keep your pet's ears dry, try ClearQuest Ear Powder. Designed for cats and dogs equally, the dry powder neutralises odor and maintains a non damp environment, thus avoiding years problems.
If you are looking for a clean and easy way to do the job of keeping your pet's ears clean, consider ClearQuest Ear Wipes. Each wipe is infused with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents which prevent yeast and bacterial infections forming. Easy to store in a resealable container, this time saving product will do the job, and won't need any cleaning up afterwards.
Nature lovers might like Dr Golds Extra Gentle Ear Therapy for dogs and cats to cleanse their pet's ears. Made with Tea tree oil and witch hazel, natural disinfectants and astringents, odor problems will be resolved and the ears will be kept clean and dry and safe from yeast infections.
Gimborn R-7M Ear Mite Treatment for Pets is a good choice for severe problems. With a natural substance that kills mites, it will speedily resolve your pet's mite problems. This product comes strongly recommended from breeder and people who show dogs.
Zymox OTIC Solution with and without Hydrocortisone is another strong solution to an ear mite infection. It is used in cases where the animal has severe inflammation of the external ear due to ear mite, yeast and bacterial infections. Seven days of treatment should resolve a nasty case of ear mites, but double it for repeated ear mite issues.
Your pet's ears don't have to be a problems with so many high grade products on the market. Keep your eyes open for the first signs of ear mites and deal with the infection before it becomes a problem.