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Ear Mites 101 – Keeping Your Pet Mite Free!

Has your furry friend by doing a lot of unexplained ear scratching lately? It might be a good idea to check them out for the dreaded ear mites.

Ear mites are a highly contagious eight-legged parasite that infects the ear canal of pets. The icky creatures feed on the oils and waxes in your pet’s ear. While pets of any age can get them, they are most often seen in young animals, and more frequently in cats. If you suspect your pet has contracted an infestation, look for these tell-tale symptoms:

Symptoms of Ear Mites In Pets

  • Excessive scratching of the ears and head shaking
  • Scabs, raw patches, and scratches in or around your pets ear
  • A “coffee ground” looking debris in your pet’s ear

While a case of ear mites isn’t a huge deal, it does need to be treated promptly. If you catch it early, many times you can treat your pet at home using over-the-counter products that you swab your pet’s ears with. This doesn’t mean you don’t need to go to your vet to get a proper diagnosis though. Other more serious conditions can mimic ear mites and it’s important to rule these out first.

While ear mites themselves can be easily treated with the proper medicine, the scratching your pet does can result in serious infections that require further treatment. Severe scratching can also lead to blood vessels rupturing, something that may require surgery. Be sure not to take this condition lightly.

If your pet has contracted a case be sure to check any other pets you have who may have come into contact with them. Since ear mites are so contagious it’s likely that if one pet has them, they all do. Don’t forget to thoroughly wash all your pets bedding and clean the areas the frequent most!

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Fleas and Ticks and Mites, Oh My! – Pet Nanny

Last Saturday marked the change of seasons from the blossoms of Springs to the full fledge greenery of summer! And right along with it came all the insect kingdom looking for food! While mosquito’s and chiggers may target humans the most, pets take on a non-stop onslaught from the fleas and ticks and mites! Between flea shampoos and collars, shots and pills, we’ve come up with some extra steps you can add to your regimen to help keep your pet comfortable this year. While these tips may not be replacements for your pets regular flea and tick treatment, they can help to make them more effective and possibly require less frequent rounds of it. Take these tips to task and let us know if you have any of your own!

Help Keep Fleas and Ticks and Mites Away!

  • Diatomaceous Earth – This stuff is harmless to animals and pets! It feels like baby powder but is made up of super finely ground shells. At a microscopic level though it’s like a bunch of tiny razors. Spread this fine powder around outside areas where your pet likes to sleep. It’s also great to sprinkle on welcome mats or in dog houses. It has to be reapplied once it gets damp though.
  • Grow Mint – Mint has a strong odor that is a deterrent to fleas. Plant it around dog houses, or dry it and keep sachets of it around the home where pets like to congregate!
  • Rosemary Oil – Rosemary keeps ticks at bay. Purchase a cloth collar for your dog or cat and let a few drops of Rosemary Oil soak into the material before you put it around your pets neck. Be sure to wash and reapply as needed.
  • Coconut Oil – Condition you pets fur with coconut oil! A small amount massaged into your pets fur will not only help make their coats shine but also deter fleas and ticks and mites! And it’s harmless if ingested! Don’t forget to swab a cotton ball with coconut oil on the ears and just inside (where fur still grows) to prevent ear mites from taking up residence.

 

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