Ear Mites are a common problem for all dog breeds; and a very important one.
When a dog has ear mites, this is very serious because:
This is incredibly contagious and can quickly spread from dog to dog or other animal to dog
Causes a dog great discomfort with intense itching
Needs to be treated by a professional veterinarian as soon as possible
Let's discuss the details of Boxer ear mites, symptoms, prevention and treatment.
What - Precisely - Are Ear Mites?
These are the most prevalent mite that plagues dogs and they are very infectious, easily and quickly spreading from dog to dog. They can also pass from other animals such as cats to dogs.
They are miniature crab-like parasites that take up residence in the dog’s ear canals and regardless of the name, they can also sometimes be found throughout a dog’s body if allowed to spread. They can be on the neck, back, chest...and even migrate to the legs and tail. There can be hundreds to thousands of mites inside of a Boxer’s ear.
They start by jumping from an infected dog or animal to its new host (your dog) and then living on the surface of the dog’s ear canal. It is there that they feed on the minuscule amounts of a dog’s tissue and ear fluid. Given enough time without treatment, they can trek to the dog’s back, neck and all over the body. What are the Symptoms?
There will be inflammation in your Boxer’s ears, this is sometimes extreme and very noticeable
Intense itching and scratching – Your dog may have unusual head shaking and do all he can to scratch his ears and/or head
An increase of earwax, this may be thicker than usual
A thick black discharge
How Does a Dog Get Mites?
Even though a dog may catch ear mites at any age, this does happen more commonly with young puppies. This is exceedingly contagious and if any creature or dog who has ear mites comes into contact with your Boxer, your dog may then have them.
How is this Diagnosed?
Your Boxer’s vet can make the diagnosis for you with a simple tool to check your dog’s ears. Some of the signs are comparable to yeast infections and other ear troubles, therefore the vet will make the diagnosis by using a lighted otoscope tool that permits him to observe these minuscule mites. The light that discharges from this tool in fact causes the mites to move out of the wax and allows the vet to see them better.
What is the Treatment?
Once it is confirmed that ear mites are the culprit, cleaning and medication will fix this health issue.
The ears are completely cleaned to remove all wax; any was will prevent the medication from reaching the mites. After the topical medication is applied, you will be given instructions to clean the dog’s ears and give medication at home.
Since ear mites are tremendously transmittable, all other pets should be inspected and treated at the same time.
Can I Prevent This?
It can help to completely dry your Boxer’s ears after bath time. Keeping your dog well away from any dogs or cats that show symptoms is highly recommended. Taking your Boxer to the vet as soon as you think mites may be present is the best course of action for a prompt recovery.