Ear Mites in Dogs – Can Revolution Help?
Nothing is as bad as learning that your dog has parasites. Apart from bothersome scratching, parasites can cause more severe health issues to your dog, including infections, and in more severe cases of death. How your dog will be affected will depend on the type of parasite, the level of infestation, and how your dog will react to these infections.
The worst part is that most parasites that affect your dog can also affect your family as well. Your vet will prescribe medication to your dog, depending on the type of infestation your dog has. In this post, we shall look at ear mites in dogs and whether Revolution is effective in treating them. Continue reading to learn more.
What are Ear Mites?
As the name suggests, the ear mite affects the ear canal of dogs, cats, and other pets. Ear mites can also be found on the skin surfaces, although in rare cases. Since ear mites are highly contagious, your dog can get infected if they come into contact with other infested pets.
If left untreated, ear mites can make your dog uncomfortable as they lead scratching.
Signs of Ear Mite Infestation in Dogs
While ear disease and infection in dogs can be due to other causes, ear mites are a common cause. While the signs of ear mite infestation vary from one pet to another, the most common ones include:
- Scratching and head shaking due to irritation
- Red and painful ears
- Reddish-brown discharge from the ear
- Scab at the base of the ear
- Hair loss
In severe cases, ear mites can cause infections. It's, therefore, essential to treat ear mites as soon as possible. This way, you will not just protect the infected dog, but prevent them from spreading to other mites.
While some dog owners prefer to use home remedies to eradicate ear mites, we would advise you to consult your vet immediately if you notice signs of ear mites on your dog. Your vet will confirm that indeed your dog has ear mites before recommending any treatment.
How to Eradicate Ear Mites?
As earlier stated, your vet will examine your dog's ear canal for any signs of an ear mite infestation. After they have confirmed that your dog has ear mites, they will clean your dog's ear thoroughly before applying any approved ear mite treatment products for dogs such as Revolution. Revolution for dogs is effective against ear mites, heartworm, and fleas. You can also use it to treat a range of other external and internal parasitic infections.
Since the life cycle of ear mites takes up to 21 days, the treatment should be extended to a minimum of three weeks. Even a single dose of Revolution is enough to eradicate the ear mite infestation; it will still take a minimum of three weeks to clear up the infestation.
What's About Prevention?
Your dog is more likely to have ear mites if they spend significant time outdoors. However, this doesn't imply that your indoor dog is not at risk of ear mites. After all, even a single encounter with an infected animal can mean bad for your canine friend.
While there's no perfect way to ensure that your dog does not come into contact with ear mites, a monthly Revolution dose can help protect your dog from getting ear mites. This way, your dog will be free from an ear mite infection as well as a host of other parasites.
What if the Ear Mites Don't Go Away?
Sometimes, even after doing everything possible, the ear mites will not just go away. If that's the case, you will need to take measures to know what the problem is.
First, you'll need to confirm that your dog had an ear mite infection. Sometimes it's easy to confuse a bacterial infection with the presence of ear mites. Let your dog be checked by a vet to get a better idea of what is ailing your dog.
In other cases, the mites might have been eliminated, but the bacterial infection is there. As earlier stated, ear mite infections can cause infections in severe cases. If that's the case, your vet will recommend the right treatment to treat the infection.
You'll also need to ask yourself whether other pets in your household were treated. If not, treat all your pets afresh to ensure that your dog is not re-infected.
As you can see, with the right approach, you can get rid of ear mites in your dogs for good. Apart from using a vet-approved medication, you'll also need to take other measures to ensure that the infestation doesn't spread to other pets in your household.