Ear mites, also referred to as Otodectes cynotis, can cause painful, irritated ears. Pets infested will often show signs of discomfort such as excessively shaking their heads and scratching their ears. Visible signs of ear mites include red and inflamed ears and/or visible dark, waxy debris. Since these parasites are so tiny, they are very hard to see with the naked eye and normally require microscopic view to diagnose. Clinically this parasite is detected by performing an ear cytology (a non-invasive swab sample taken from the ear). Treatment typically requires topical medication for approximately one month.
Below is a sample of a positive ear cytology performed on one of our feline visitors.
Clayton Animal Hospital
11058 US 70 Bus. Hwy. W.
Clayton, NC 27520