Ear Mite Infections

Ear mites are small parasites that crawl around the ear and chew on the ear feeding off the tissue debris and secretions of the ear canal lining. Ear mites cause the animal to scratch the ears constantly.


If the animal is intensely scratching ears, shaking its head and/or there is what looks like brown coffee ground debris is in the ear canal, you have ear mites.


  • Use VET BASICS® General Ear Cleanser to clean as much coffee ground like mite excrement out of ear canal. (See article on Ear Cleaning)
  • A miticide to kill the mites is then added daily after cleaning for three weeks. Be sure and massage the base of the ear to move the medication deep down into the canal.
  • Ear mites are highly contagious. Treat all the animals in the house for a minimum of three weeks to kill the mites and their eggs. If one is left untreated, they just give them back to their roommates. Follow up again with an ear cleaner to keep their ears clean.

Some pets are more resistant to infection and show little irritation while others are less resistant and very uncomfortable. Treat all in order to clear ear mites from all of your four legged family members!

If you need help, call us at 1-800-786-4751.

- Dr. B
Don Bramlage, DVM, Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health

The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of a qualified veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.

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