Demodex Canis and Cati Follicle Mites: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment for Cati and Canis Demodex mites
If your cat or dog keeps shaking their head for no obvious reason, then it is possible there is an infestation of ear mites. It is not only cats and dogs that can suffer from ear mites, but also rabbits, ferrets and hamsters.
Not all animals have the same type of ear mites. The ear mite parasite is not a harmless little beast such as the human skin mite. In time, the microscopic ear-invading creature can do more damage than you might expect.
If you recognize the symptoms, then make sure you take your pet to a vet as quickly as possible. The ear mite is a microscopic parasite, which cannot be seen with the naked eye. It looks like a small (white) spider. The mites live in the ear canal, where it is warm and dark. Their activities cause itching and irritation. With the irritation (itching and pain), comes a higher rate of ear wax production. That is precisely what the mites like. This parasite feeds on earwax and dander.
Over time, untreated ear mites produce an ear full of black crusts that are scabbed onto the poor animals ears. The stench is terrible, there is often inflammation, and the animal is in great pain. The uncomfortable itching also makes your pet very unhappy.
Ear mites can cause ear infections. The longer an animal is walking around with ear mites then the worse it becomes. It does not disappear automatically. If it is going to take you more than three days to get to a vet, then use Natural Ear Drops for pets made by Ovante. That way, if the problem is not ear mites, at least you have not damaged your pet in your haste to help them.
There are many types of mite that can affect the ear. The most common mites are small short-legged arachnids, barely visible to the naked eye. They spend their entire life cycle on the animal.
O. cynotis is the most common ear mite found in dogs and cats. The mite is located superficially in the skin, in the external auditory canal and sometimes on the head or legs, neck or torso. The activity of the mite, its excretions and its bites within the ear make it irritated and inflamed. This mite is highly contagious among cats and dogs.
Demodex canis and cati follicle mites are what affect the dog and cat, respectively. The mite lives in the hair follicles of the animal and in most animals a normal inhabitant of the skin (“normal skin flora”). In some animals (in particular dogs), however, they come in larger numbers and cause skin problems. This disorder has a genetic factor and comes with certain breeds more (like the West Highland White Terrier, Scottish Terrier, English Bulldog, Sharp-Pei, Chihuahua, Bobtail and Doberman). Puppies are infected by the mother. When an underlying disease infects the animal, it may prompt the mites into a population explosion. Humans are not contaminated or affected by this mite.
Cheyletiella species are fur mites in dogs and cats. They are located mainly on the back of the animal where they live in the superficial layers of the skin. The disease is contagious to dogs and cats. In humans it may possibly cause mild itching or irritation to occur.
As previously mentioned, if your pet has been near other animals with ear mites, then treat your pet with Natural Ear Drops for pets made by Ovante.