Ear mites crawl into a pet’s ear and they are on the hunt for ear wax or cerumen. The mites then irritate the ear to the point that the lining would produce serum, which is actually a form of clear blood. When the serum mixes with the cerumen and the ear mite’s fluid, they form a black or brown substance. The substance is so thick, it sometimes can close of your pet’s ear canal. The result of this blockage can eventually cause serious bacterial or fungal infections.
In order to keep ear mites away from your pet, there are a few precautionary measures that one must take. It is important to fully complete an ear mite treatment regimen, even if signs of ear mites are no longer present, usually about a month. This time period would represent the three week life cycle of the ear mites. Failure to complete the full course can cause the nymphs to develop into adulthood and later multiply. This is a method known as interrupting the ear mite’s cycle.
If you have multiple pets, the best thing to do when you discover that one of them has developed an ear mite infection, is check, and treat them all. As stated before, ear mites are never confined to the animal’s ear. As a matter of fact it isn’t unusual for them to be found on the neck and other parts of your animal. For treating this situation, you should use a Medicated Pet Wash on your pet and this typically remove any mites on your pets coat and treat for any skin irritations from the mites.