Does my dog have ear mites?

ear mites in dogs

Mites are small parasites that can live on, or in your dog’s skin. Sarcoptes and Demodex mites can be found all over your dog’s body, while ear mites, as you might guess, are found primarily in the ears.


Although mites are very small (generally requiring a microscope to be seen), they can be a big problem for your dog, so prevention is key to keeping your dog healthy and happy.


Ear mites live in the ear canal and surrounding skin. Signs of infestation typically include skin irritation, scratching around the ears, head and neck, head shaking, the presence of an ear discharge that is dark and waxy (resembling coffee grounds) and an unpleasant odour from the ears. Ear mite infestation may also allow for a secondary bacterial or yeast infection to occur in your dog’s ears, which can increase the severity of these signs.


Ear mites in dogs are highly contagious and can be easily transmitted to other dogs through social interactions, such as sleeping or playing together.


If your dog is showing signs of ear irritation, it is recommended to seek veterinary attention, as there are a number of possible causes.


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