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What You Need to Know About Ear Mites in Your Cats and Dogs

Ear mites are a very common parasite seen in the veterinary industry. These pesky parasites can cause a lot of discomfort and problems for your beloved dog and/or cat. Here are some answers to some commonly asked questions about ear mites.

What is an ear mite?
Ear mites, also known as Otodectes Cynotis, are parasites that live most of their life cycle in the ear canal. Some of their life spans can be found elsewhere on the animal’s body, for example, a cat’s tail. Ear mites are very tiny, so tiny that you cannot see them with just the naked eye. You have to either use a microscope and sometimes you can see with an otoscope as little white spots in the ear. Ear mites are most common among cats.

What are the signs my cat/dog might have ear mites?
Ear mites usually appear as a black, dry, coffee ground-like appearance in the ears. They can cause a lot of discomfort because they are very itchy, irritating and can be painful. The ear mite feeds on skin debris, that can cause inflammation, which creates a secondary infection. As your pet scratches, they are causing damage to their ear which can leave scratches and scabs around the ears. They also might shake their head and or vocalize when you touch the ears.

Are ear mites contagious? How do I treat my pet?
These parasites are NOT CONTAGIOUS to people, but they are HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS in pets. Ear mites are spread mostly by direct contact with another pet and/or animal that has ear mites. They are especially common in young animals. Please let your veterinarian know if any other cats or dogs live in the house or if any other pet is in regular contact with yours.

For treatment of these pesky parasites, consult your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will do a physical exam, know your pet’s history and be able to diagnose and treat accordingly. If a veterinarian diagnoses your pet with ear mites, the life cycle for ear mites is three weeks. New eggs hatch every ten days, so treatment can be a couple of treatments or more depending on how severe the infestation is. Do not try any home remedies and do not stick your fingers and or cotton swabs down the ears without consulting a professional.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call, and we will happily assist you.

Written by: Morinville Veterinary Clinic

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Dear Clients,

Thank you for choosing Morinville Veterinary Clinic for your pets' veterinary needs. As we continue to adjust to the "new normal," we have implemented new protocols to keep you and our team safe.

It is still preferred that you stay in your vehicle while we bring your pet in for their appointment. However, as of Monday, July 21, 2020, we will be allowing one client to accompany their pet during their visit.

Along with wearing a face mask and using hand sanitizer, any client wishing to be present during an exam will need to record your name, phone number and email address for contact tracing purposes, in compliance with Alberta Health requirements.

Should you choose to come in with your pet, we kindly ask that you comply with the following protocols:

  • Our doors will remain locked. Please call us at 780.939.3133 upon your arrival.
  • Physical distance with staff and other clients while inside the building.
  • Face coverings must be worn to enter the clinic.
  • Use hand washing station upon entry.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • If you wish to wait in your vehicle during the appointment, when you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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    If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Morinville Veterinary Clinic