Dog Ear Mites are parasites that live in the ear canal. Ear mites are found more commonly on cats than dogs. And outdoor cats are more likely to have ear mites than indoor cats.

They are easily transferred by direct contact from one animal to another but do not survive on humans.

Check out this video clip of active ear mites by YouTuber “chrisbentonvet”.

Life Cycle of an Ear Mite

An ear mite lays eggs in the ear canal, which hatch after 4 days and reach maturity in about 3 weeks (at which time they can lay more eggs). An adult ear mite can live up to 2 months.

They feed on the skin debris, oil, and wax in your poodles’ ear canal. This causes irritation, redness, severe itching and possibly swelling – complicated further by constant scratching of the ear.

This can then lead to a dog ear infection or an aural hematoma.

SpokesPoodle LaceyPoodle Health Tip If you discover that one pet in your household has ear mites, any other pets in the same household will most likely have them as well. They will need to be treated also, even if there are no visible ear mite symptoms.

Diagnosing Dog Ear Mites

The symptoms of an ear mite infestation are similar to a dog ear infection.

  • Incessant ear scratching
  • Shaking the head
  • A crusty discharge in the ear canal that resembles black coffee grounds
  • A strong odor
  • Inflammation – swelling

Because ear mites can be easily confused with other parasites or a dog ear infection, it’s important to get a proper diagnoses before starting treatment.

Your vet may examine your poodles’ ears using a lighted Otoscope, which is a special microscope that actually attracts the ear mites to the surface where they can be seen.

They are tiny and white (barely visible to the naked eye). Or he may choose to take a swab of the ear canal and examine it under a microscope.

The following video clip is from Dr Tim Klein of “All Pets Medicine, Surgery and Rehabilitation Clinic” in Mapleton, Mn. It shows live footage of ear mites crawling around in a dogs’ ear.

Treatment for Dog Ear Mites

Once dog ear mites have been identified as the problem for your poodle, your vet may recommend a number of different options:

  • He may recommend a one-time treatment that is applied to the skin as you would a flea and tick medication (behind the shoulders). A second application a month later may be required to kill the next generation of eggs.
  • He may recommend prescription ear drops that would require repeated applications (most likely twice daily, but follow your vets instructions).
  • It may be necessary to also treat your pet for a dog ear infection.
SpokesPoodle LaceyPoodle Health Tip Make sure to clean your pets’ bedding area to prevent re-infestation.
All Ear Mite Medications Are NOT Created Equal
An over-the-counter alternative may not be as effective as a prescription variety and/or may require more prolonged treatment.

For example, an over-the-counter topical ear mite insecticide may require up to 21 days of treatment (because it does not kill incubating eggs), whereas the prescription treatment may require only 10-14 days of application because it does kill the eggs.

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