Ear Mites

Sign up to our newsletter for all the latest pet related news both locally and Australia wide.
Google Maps location for Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital

Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital
231 Whitehorse Road
VIC 3130

Show location on map

03 9878 3033
03 9877 5129

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 8am - 8pm
Saturday: 8am - 4pm
Sunday: 9am - 1

Show location on map

You may have heard about adorable Stormy and his not-so-adorable ear mites! Read on below to get all the information you need about ear mites...

Stormy is an ex-stud dog, who has been adopted by one of our pug-loving clients. He couldn't be happier in his new home with his pug brother Zorro! Stormy comes from excellent grand champion breeding lines. As a pup he was outstanding in the show arena up until, at just 9 months of age, he unfortunately fell off a grooming table and fractured his jaw. He was treated immediately and had his jaw wired to heal the fracture, and now has a fully functioning jaw.

Stormy is now 3 years old. At his first check up at Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital he was diagnosed with ear mites and underwent treatment. Stormy has since had a repeat ear sample taken, examined under the microscope, and we can happily say he no longer has ear mites!

Have you noticed your pet excessively shaking its head or scratching its ears?  Or an abnormal amount of brown waxy discharge?   Your pet may have eat mites!

MITES - Many cases can brew for months before signs are detected by the owner!

There are several types of ear mites, the most common are 'Otodectes Cynotis', the exact one Stormy had in his ears.

They (as pictured) are eight legged parasites which feed on the wax and oils in your pets ear canal.  Much like an ear infection, they cause irritation and inflammation and in more severe cases cause serious skin conditions.

Ear mites are often un-detectable by the naked eye. They are highly contagious and are most common in puppies and outdoor cats. Cats can bring them into the household, which can then infect their canine companions.

Does your pet have an abnormal amount of a dark, ground coffee like discharge in the ear? Your pet may have ear mites.

To be able to effectively diagnose your pet, we need to complete a thorough ear exam using an otoscope. Next the veterinarian would take a sample from the ear canal and prepare it to examine under the microscope. This will either confirm or rule out the presence of ear mites.

Symptoms include:
- Black or brown waxy secretion
- Excessive shaking and rubbing of ears
- Head shaking
- A strong odour coming from the ears
- Inflammation of the ear

Please call us on 9878 3033 to speak to one of our friendly nurses to discuss parasite prevention, or to make an appointment to see one of our vets if you have noticed any of the above symptoms in your pet. We can help!

In addition, if your pet has recently recovered from ear mites, be sure to thoroughly clean their bedding and check your other pets for infection.

Post your comment


No one has commented on this page yet.

RSS feed for comments on this page | RSS feed for all comments

Recent Blogs

Admitting Your Pet to Hospital

>> Read more

Dental care is a CRUCIAL part of keeping your pet happy and healthy

>> Read more

Dog Cruciate Ligament Surgery Recovery

>> Read more