I took the dogs for their regular checkup yesterday afternoon. A 200 dollar bill later, after flea/heartworm treatment.. bath.. and grooming. I also find out they have ear mites. :| I had noticed the last week Bella had been shaking her head a bit... I am completely disgusted, and feel absolutely horrible that my babies have had to deal with this. Anyone else have experience with this? Should I feel as disgusting and horrible as I do.. or is it fairly normal? The vet said that Bellas was far worse than Duchi's. I just don't understand it. I am to apply drops to their ears two times a day for a week and then the next week only once on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
I have always checked their ears, and never seen anything.. about a week ago I noticed them shaking their heads and scratching.. so I looked, and it was darker than usual and smelled kinda funky. So, I took them in. They did have some hair built up in there. He gave me the drops, just told me to put them in.. no real clean directions. Hopefully I'm doing it right. :|
keeping the hair out of their ears will help a lot and try using "vet solutions" ear cleaning solution....it cleans, dries, acidifies and deodorizes the ear and I use it once a week on a cotton ball on all my dogs.....
as for the drops my vet says when you put them in to then hold the ear flap on top of their head and massage between the ear and jaw, this gets the drops down into the ear, he says their ear canal runs under the ear opening kinda along the jaw line....
Ear mites can some times be a problem at our house. I highly suspect our outside kitties are the problem. I can never fully treat them. If I start treating the cats every day they leave for a while--because they don't like it.
I know that ivermectin also helps with mites, but I am scared to give that to the cats. So I just try to keep the kitties away and treat if I think there is an issue.
It is a big problem in our area--but I don't know if it is every where. I had a rotten %#%$#^ vet scare the crap out of a lady by SHOWING her the mites under a micro-scope (and this lady was very 'high strung' to begin with). She thought her dog was dying because this jerk wanted to do a $600 ear flush.
After a 3 hour hysterical phone conversation, crying and yelling, I convinced the lady to get a second opinion, and they gave her a $5 bottle of mite killer.
If the ear is real smelly like you said, it is more than likely an ear infection instead of mites. My little one has a ear infection right now we are treating. She is also on antibotics. I put an ointment in her ear twice a day also.
Halos - No, don't feel bad and don't feel disgusted... you have dogs, they have ear mites... it happens. It doesn't suggest anything about how well you care for your dogs, how clean your house is, or what kind of person you are... it's no "worse" than your dogs contracting fleas or ticks from playing outside in a a leaf pile.
I have one dog that is prone to ear infections and we keep thinking it's mites - but when they take a sample and look under the microscope - it's just an infection. We clean his ears out 2x a week with an ear cleaner - squirting it deep into his ear and squishing it around in the ear canal. It does seem to lessen the frequency of the ear infections - but certainly doesn't stop the completely.