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Ear Mite in Cats & Dogs – Can Human Get Ear Mites

Ear mites can transfer from cats, dogs, and ferret to human beings. Though ear mites spread rapidly by the physical connection with animals. But humans getting affected by ear mites are seen in rare cases. We can not say that humans can not get ear mite, they get ear mites from pets but most rarely. Today we are going to tell you about ear mite and ear mite in cats, dogs and in puppies. Also we will discuss some of the useful home remedies for cat ear mite, dogs ear mite and ear mites in puppies.

What is ear mite?

Mite present in the ear is basically an ear mite. These are tiny tiny insects type creatures in a cat, dog or other animal’s ears. These mites feed on skin debris. In the ears of animals, the waxy and darkish substance generally indicates the ear mite. Dog gets affected by ear mite rarely, they attack cat ears often or on puppies. Your pet feels irritated because of these ear mite. They scratch their ears all the time which can further hurt them.

Ear Mite in Dogs

Otodectes cynotis is the most common kind of ear mite that attacks a dog’s ear. In the dog’s ear, this is the tiny parasite having eight legs and feeds on the dog’s ear wax and oil. These mites are so small that they can not be detected through a naked eye. Dog’s get mites from outdoor cats or dogs. The common symptoms to dog-ear mites are:

  • Scratching ears
  • Rubbing ears
  • Head shaking
  • The waxy brown or black substance in the ear
  • Inflammation

 There is no age for a dog to be affected with ear mite. Inside the dogs, these ear mite can cause blood vessel. They can create further skin infection for the dogs. And if it is not cured on time, the last option left will be a surgery to cure the dog ear mites.

Ear Mite in Cats

In a cat’s ear, the otodectes cynotis is the same ear mite as dogs. They can infect the internal and external parts of the cat’s ears. Cats can be a victim of aural hematoma due to ear mite which is a serious complication.Generally, ear mites attack small cats(kittens) or stray cats who are outside houses. It is most common in these cats. The symptoms of cat ear mites are:

  • Scratching ears
  • Rubbing ears
  • Scab on-ear
  • Irritation
  • Inflammation
  • Shaking head
  • Redness inside the ear
  • Excessive pain

Ear Mites in Puppies

As I mentioned before, there is no age limit for a dog to get affected by ear mite. The mites can become itchy for the puppy and also can be contagious for them. The ear mitein puppies can spread from pet to pet, therefore, try to keep all other pets at a distance from one other. Your pup will feel really uncomfortable in such a situation. They can reach such a level of itching that they may cry out of it.

Remedies for Ear Mites

Some natural tips to prevent ear mites are discussed here. They are:

  • Clean your pet’s ear by taking out the small creatures as much as possible.
  • Use olive oil and pour it in your pet’s ear and massage gently. With the help of a cotton ball try to clean your cat or dog’s ear mite.
  • Give bathes to your dogs daily
  • Pour hydrogen peroxide inside your dog’s ear with the help of a dropper and massage gently
  • Use a cotton bud and apply aloe vera gel inside your dog’s ear.
  • You can also use baby oil and massage your dog’s ear. Take about 3 to 4 drops of baby oil.
  • Clean dog’s place and bed
  • Use vitamin e and almond oil together and apply the ear of the animal for about 6 days.

Conclusion

Take care of your pets properly to prevent ear mite. If your cat or dog is affected by ear mite and you also have other pets at home, you need to arrange quick treatment for all of your pets as cat ear mite or dog-ear mites spread from pet to pet. Consult your vet and start the treatment.

Ear mites can be so painful for your pet, therefore, take care of their cleanliness so they might not suffer from such a situation.

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