Stupid question.....can you see earmites? The two little ones scratch their ears like crazy at night and in the mornings. I lightly cleaned them with a q-tip but for fear of hurting them I just cleaned where I could see. I don't see anything in their ears though. I don't remember our dogs ever having anything like that growing up so I don't mean to ask silly questions, but if I can stop them from hacking t thier ears that would be great.
See the topic on "cat having black earwax". Everyone said that was mites. I would think you would see or smell something. Do their ears smell ok? How's the skin on the back of the ears, maybe the problems's not inside. My cocker used to scratch a lot and drag her head across the carpet, but the vet said she was fine, no infections or anything. Some dogs just like to tdo it.
Oh...I didn't read that one about the earwax...duh. I will do that now. There is nothing at all on their ears or smell. And the vet just gave them frontline. There are no fleas or anything like that. They sure do go at it though, like I said mostly in the mornings and right before we all go to bed. Rocky never scratches at anything. I will read that post though thanks
The most common sign of ear mite infection is shaking of the head and ears. Dogs may also scratch at their ears, rub their face and in severe cases may even cause bleeding sores behind their ears in their effort to relieve the discomfort from the mites. The intense itching associated with these mites is thought to be due to a hypersensitivity reaction, which is similar to an allergy. Some pets can be infected without showing signs of itching or head shaking, apparently because they don't develop the hypersensivity reaction. Ear mites are more commonly diagnosed in cats than they are in dogs but they are a significant cause of ear infections in dogs, too. Dark brown to black debris accumulates in the ears of infected pets and the mites may be visible as small moving white specks on the debris. Secondary infection with bacteria or yeast is common in ear mite infections and may complicate the diagnosis. The mites can live on the skin and some dogs and cats appear to have infections that affect only the skin, causing small sores to develop in affected areas. It is important to treat the ears for mites and the whole pet with a product that is capable of killing the mites. Most flea and tick products will kill ear mites on the skin. In multiple pet households it is important to treat all the pets and to clean the environment, considering the use of premise control insecticides in persistent cases. Ear mites are susceptible to many medications, including pyrethrins, rotenone, fibronil, thiabendazole and ivermectins. It is necessary to treat for at least three to four weeks in most instances to be sure to kill the adult mites and any eggs that may hatch later. Many veterinary clients treat their dog's ears with over the counter products for ear mites based on the presence of ear inflammation or exudate in the ears, doing this for weeks or months prior to giving up and having their dog's ears examined. There are a number of causes of ear infection in dogs and it is best to have your vet examine your dog's ears to determine if the cause of ear irritation is ear mites or another infection. Doing this can save your dog from weeks of pain or discomfort. Mike Richards, DVM 7/17/99 Hope that helped!!! **Kris, Abby, Ace & Summer Ace: http://www.dogster.com/?41494 Abby: http://www.dogster.com/?50370 Summer: http://www.dogster.com/?7041 My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown
Wow...thanks Acey that's the kind of stuff I like to print and keep for the future. I read the black earwax post and I can safely say that isn't it. Who knows...I sure don't see anything wrong. They don't shake their heads or anything or act irratated otherwise. Must be like us stretching...just feels good. ??!! I can tell you though that they make the entire bed shake and it makes me crazy!! I ask them "You can't do this on your own time??" lol They don't seem to care.