Our expert says:
Ear mites cause much discomfort - they run across the ear drum causing irritation to the animal and they can cause secondary bacterial or fungal skin infections of the ear canal. A diagnosis is made by looking down the canal and visiualising the mites in the lower ear canal or on the drum. Specific miticidal antibiotic ear drops are needed to cure the disease. It is important to ensure that the drops run down all the way to the drum - don't let the dog shake its head as soon as you put the drops in as that will result in the drops just being shaken out. Also - do not put the ear dropper into the ear canal or it will become contaminated and a bacerial or fungal infection can be transmitted from and infected ear canal to healthy one.
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