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PostSubject: Ear Mites in Cats - Symptoms and Treatments   Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:49 pm

What are Ear Mites?

As the name suggests, ear mites are a tiny spider like parasitic mite that infect the ears of dogs and cats. They usually live in the ear canals but can live on other parts of the dog or cat's body. Ear mites are the most common cause of ear infections seen by vets. They are more commonly found in cats than dogs but are a considerable cause of ear infection in dogs too.

Ear mites thrive in the warm moist area where the air flow is restricted. They feed on epidermal debris & ear wax. They burrow into the ear, causing inflammation and irritation which the body responds to by producing more wax.

What are the Symptoms of Ear Mites in cats?

Ear mites are terribly uncomfortable for your cat. Imagine how it would feel having thousands of little bugs running around in one of your most sensitive areas. Usually the first symptom you notice will be your cat scratching his ears or shaking his head due to the extreme itchiness that the mites cause.

You may notice that your cat's ears appeared flattened or laid back. His ears may be painful to touch and he may cry in pain when you touch them or while he is scratching them. You may also notice a foul odor coming from the ears.

Cats may cause damage to their ears by scratching them. Often their ears will bleed as a result of this. They may also shake their ears with such intensity that small blood vessels are broken and hematomas form.

If you have a look inside the ear of an infected cat you will see dark reddish brown or black debris throughout the ear canal which has been described as looking like coffee grounds. This debris comprises of ear wax, blood and Ear mites are visible to the naked eye and can be seen as white dots among the dark debris. You may even see them moving around.

Your vet will look in your cat's ear with a magnifying instrument called an otoscope and may inspect the debris from the ear under a microscope for a more definite diagnosis. Ear mite infections can be serious if left untreated resulting in damage to the ear canals and eardrums and leaving deformity of the ears and possible deafness.

Secondary bacterial or yeast infections are also common so it is important to consult your veterinarian.

Treatment of Ear Mites. How Do I Get Rid Of Ear Mites?

You can purchase ear mite treatments from your usual pet supply store or your vet will prescribe an oily insecticide to clean the ear canals. All ear exudate has to be cleaned from the ear canal daily. The medication should massaged deeply into the cat's ear taking care to get into all the nooks and crannies of the ear canal. It is important to follow your vets or the products instructions for the application of the treatment as you need to beat the ear mite's life cycle.

Revolution is another option. It is a Parasiticide that is applied to the skin of cats six weeks of age and older. Revolution is used to prevent heartworm disease, kills adult fleas and prevents flea eggs from hatching and treats and prevents ear mite infestation.

Your cat might also require antibiotics for secondary infections.


Are Ear Mites Contagious?

Ear mites are very contagious and can be passed on from cat to cat or cat to dog and visa versa so it is important to treat all of your pets at the same time.

Can Humans Catch Ear Mites?

No, humans are not affected by ear mites.

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PostSubject: Re: Ear Mites in Cats - Symptoms and Treatments   Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:05 pm

very nice info.. thumbs up
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PostSubject: Re: Ear Mites in Cats - Symptoms and Treatments   Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:33 am

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PostSubject: Re: Ear Mites in Cats - Symptoms and Treatments   Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:06 pm

Yung revolution ba same ba sila ng effect ng frontline? or magkaiba?
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PostSubject: Re: Ear Mites in Cats - Symptoms and Treatments   Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:38 pm

ghracey wrote:
Yung revolution ba same ba sila ng effect ng frontline? or magkaiba?
bagong gamot po ba yang revolution?kakatakot yung name... Laughing advocate tsaka frontline pa lang po kasi na try ko.. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Ear Mites in Cats - Symptoms and Treatments   Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:51 pm

advocate nbasa ko mgnda daw and frontline sabi ok dn daw revolution,,
pero never ko pa nagamit lahat,,haha,,
hirap siguro linisan tenga ng pusa kalmot aabutin,,haha
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PostSubject: Re: Ear Mites in Cats - Symptoms and Treatments   Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:06 pm

^hindi lemuel parang aso lang parang nakkiliti sila hindi ka nila kakalmutin pero para sigurado trimm mo na rin mga nails nila
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PostSubject: Re: Ear Mites in Cats - Symptoms and Treatments   Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:51 pm

ghracey wrote:
^hindi lemuel parang aso lang parang nakkiliti sila hindi ka nila kakalmutin pero para sigurado trimm mo na rin mga nails nila

dba nails nila parang kay wolverine naka tago,,
my pusa kasi kami dati hinihila ko yung kuko baka mngagat cguro pag gnupitan,,haha
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PostSubject: Re: Ear Mites in Cats - Symptoms and Treatments   Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:05 am

ghracey wrote:
Yung revolution ba same ba sila ng effect ng frontline? or magkaiba?

same lng din cla.. kya lng ung revo mern pa s earmites ang frontline wl e..
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PostSubject: Re: Ear Mites in Cats - Symptoms and Treatments   Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:06 am

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Informative! thumbs up

ty kuya tats.. n-share ko lng yan dn kc problem ko s cats ko now... mga suwail p pg nilalagyan ng gmot ung tenga... Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Ear Mites in Cats - Symptoms and Treatments   Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:08 am

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ghracey wrote:
^hindi lemuel parang aso lang parang nakkiliti sila hindi ka nila kakalmutin pero para sigurado trimm mo na rin mga nails nila

dba nails nila parang kay wolverine naka tago,,
my pusa kasi kami dati hinihila ko yung kuko baka mngagat cguro pag gnupitan,,haha

uu nktago lem ung kuko nila kya pg trim ko nid ko p i-press ng onti pra lumbas ung kuko......
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PostSubject: Re: Ear Mites in Cats - Symptoms and Treatments   Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:41 pm

^ uu tama si vhaby hehe konting press kagigil na naman pag naalala ko
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PostSubject: Re: Ear Mites in Cats - Symptoms and Treatments   Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:11 pm

I experience earmites with my cats a few weeks ago. My baby Shasha experienced severe vomiting. Its color yellowish and she hardly can't eat because she will just throw it up afterwards, she also experience lost of activeness. I brought her to the VIP just to make sure that I will not lose my baby girl. They run blood test to her, ear swab and I forgot the other one. She was positive in ear mites and good thing they found nothing bad on her blood test. They gave medications and after three days my baby Shasha is back to normal. By the way the medication they give for earmites is oridermyl.
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