Ear Mite Treatment for Pets
Anyone who has ever suffered from intolerable ear pain and itching has some idea of what animals go through when they're hosting an ear mite infestation. These tiny pests can cause symptoms and problems from intense discomfort to ear damage and significant hearing loss. When your pet seems to be suffering from ear mites, you need a veterinarian who can address the problem effectively. Here at Ashworth Road Animal Hospital, we're happy to provide skilled ear mite treatment for West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Clive, and Urbandale pets.
Ear Mites Can Cause Serious Problems
Animals such as dogs and cats have relatively large entrances to their ears. This makes it easy for tiny parasites, such as mites, to make a home inside their ear canals. The most common kind of mite found on dogs and cats, Otodectes cynotis, is an 8-legged creature so tiny it’s almost invisible to the naked eye. The effects they produce in your pet, unfortunately, are all too apparent. The presence of these creatures causes tickling and itching sensations that compel your pet to paw and scratch at the affected ear. This response can lead to serious ear damage, including broken blood vessels and open wounds that encourage bacterial infections. Even the interior of the ear can be damaged, in some cases creating permanent hearing loss.
It's important to recognize the signs of a possible ear mite infection. In addition to pawing at the ear, your pet may rub his head against the ground or shake his head constantly. Check the ears for lumps (caused by bleeding below the skin), a foul discharge, or black specks that look like coffee grounds.
Our Veterinary Team Can Help
As distressing as ear mite infestations may be, our veterinary team at Ashworth Road Animal Hospital can get them under control. Our veterinarian will examine your pet's ears for mites and secondary infections that may have developed. We can then administer a thorough cleaning to remove any mites, dirt, and discharge. Your pet will receive a prescription for topical medication that kills off the remaining mites, as well as antibiotics (if necessary) to tame an infection.
Contact Our West Des Moines Hospital Today
Your pet can't rid himself of itchy, dangerous ear mites, but you can do it for him with the aid of Ashworth Road Animal Hospital. Call our West Des Moines pet care team at (515) 225-1807!