Dog Health: Ear Mites

Dog | Ear Mites

An Introduction to Ear Mites

Ear mites (Otodectes cynotis) are highly contagious. 

They feed off the skin lining the ear canals  


Dr Erin Coomer - Veterinarian
January 2014



Causes of Ear Mites

Ear mites are very contagious and can be spread between dogs and cats that are in close contact.  Cats also suffer from ear mite infections.




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Symptoms of Ear Mites

Ear discharge that is brown/black in colour

Affected dogs often have itchy ears

Possible head tilt or sensitivity around the ears/head

Ear infections

Hairloss and sores can occur around the head and ears (as a result of the dog scratching it’s itchy ears)




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Treatment of Ear Mites

If you are concerned that your dog may have any sort of ear problem, please take him to the Vet.  Interestingly, ear mites tend to be less of a problem in adult dogs, than they are with puppies (or cats). 

Your Vet will examine your dog and look in its ears with...
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