How To Deal With Ear Mites In Dogs

Since the weather is quite cool this past weeks, a dog’s body is a great place to snuggle. I like warming my hands and feet under Chester’s belly, armpits (yup!) and even under his ear. So warm and heavenly! Unfortunately mites and ticks also have the same clever idea. Thankfully this time, Chester is free of ticks but both his ears are under ear mites attack. Grrrr!

Although they are ear mites, I don’t see any creepy crawlies in his ears. According to my dog Bible, ear mites are white in color, the size of pin head and they will move vigorously when you shine a light upon them. During this time, Chester love shaking and scratching his ears. The ears will also have frequent dark brown color discharge. Yucky!

That’s his ear cleaner on the left and ear medication on the right and middle.
Cotton with brown color ear discharge (foreground). This is considered not bad. During serious infestation, there will be a lot more brown discharge.

A healthy dog ear only need bi-weekly to a month cleaning but in the case of ear mites I usually clean his ears at least twice a day. Then I’ll apply few drops of Ilium ear drops (an active solution against ear mites, bacteria and fungal infections) and massage his ears for about 10-15 seconds so that the solution will spread throughout the canal. If you don’t have Ilium, Frontline spot-on can also be used (according to my vet).

Ilium ear drops and Surolan otitis solution.

Right now his outer ear (near the ear hole) are also inflamed (otitis) with bacteria/fungal. For this I apply Surolan. The bottle needs to be shaken before use. Then I place a drop or two on my fingers and apply on the reddish area. And to prevent further problem (like hematoma due to severe shaking/scratching), Chester is wearing the Elizabethan collar whenever no one is around.

With all that’s happening to his ears, Chester is cool with it. Only wincing slightly sometimes during the cleaning. Atta boy!

His right ear is getting better but the left one is still under mites colony!

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  • Reply Dawn September 28, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Awwww, poor boy, hope the pesky mites die ASAP. Ranger has yeast infection in his left ear, so this boy is on antibiotics and ear drops. Btw, how does the mites get to the ear? Doesn’t Frontline prevents mites, too?

    • Reply Che-Cheh September 29, 2011 at 10:14 am

      No idea how they got there. I rarely apply Frontline on him. Will only use once I caught sight of ’em ticks/mites.

  • Reply foongpc September 29, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Thanks for sharing this. I don’t own a dog so have no idea about any of these stuffs! LOL!

  • Reply annant October 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Last time when Yiyi went oversea, she checked feizai in at doggie hotel for few days. And the poor lil’ fury ball came back with mites infestation. He’s scratching like nobody’s business all day long. Luckily he’s all okay after a treatment at the doggie spa. Phew

    • Reply Che-Cheh October 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      As a good measure we can apply tick/flea prevention on our dogs before boarding. Better be safe than sorry.

  • Reply june hew October 31, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    When my new born puppies suffered from earmites, the Ilium eardrop really helps. And those brown discharge was really disgusting

    • Reply Che-Cheh November 1, 2011 at 10:32 am

      Yeah disgusting and smelly.

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