Perhaps nothing drives puppies nuts quite so much as ear mites. Just the thought of some creepy crawly deep inside my own ears gives me the willies. No wonder the poor pup cries, scratches and shakes his head! All that ear flapping and scratching can really damage the ears, too.
The bugs that cause this itchy aggravation are tiny, in the same family as ticks (yuck!) and extremely contagious. That means if any of your pets catches ear mites, you need to treat the whole furry crew. Yep, that's other dogs, cats, bunnies, ferrets--ear mites get them all. It takes quite a while to get rid of them, too, because of the life cycle. You can learn all about ear mite life cycle and what they are in this new article about ear mites.
Your vet is the best person to diagnose ear mites. If the pup's ears are too sore, the vet may need to sedate him to clean out the brown goop. Over the counter commercial products do a great job of treating ear mites but you can also safe some money and be as effective with home remedies recommended by holistic vets. Read how to get rid of ear mites with these 10 steps for treating ear mites.
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