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Ear mites in cats and dogs

Ear mites are very common and can affect pets of all ages, but are more often found puppies and kittens.

They are extremely contagious and can easily be passed to other pets in the household, including rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters etc, but not to humans. They are transmitted through direct contact with an infected pet.

It is important for your pet that you don't leave ear mites untreated as they can severely damage the ear canals and eardrum and even cause permanent hearing loss.

What are the Symptoms?

Pets with ear mites will have very itchy ears, scratching a lot around this area and shaking their head. The amount of scratching and shaking will depend on the severity of the infestations. The ears are likely to have a dark brown waxy, smelly discharge.

With more advanced infestations, the ear canals will bleed and either fresh or dried blood will appear inside the ear canal. If you peer into your pet's ears and notice a build-up of a material that looks like 'coffee grounds,' then your pet may well have ear mites and you should bring them in for an examination.

Please contact your branch surgery for more information or to book an appointment for a health check.

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