Ear Mites or Allergies in Vancouver Pets
When your dogs or cats are scratching at their ears, does it mean that they have ear mites? Although you might worry about a mite infestation, keep in mind that scratching and other symptoms could also indicate ear allergies rather than ear mites. Learn more about how to tell the difference between these two health problems in pets.
Signs of Ear Mites in Vancouver Pets
Pets that have an ear mite problem sometimes have symptoms that are similar to ear allergies. Knowing the difference between these conditions can help you determine which problem your pets have. Common symptoms of ear mite infestations in Vancouver pets include the following:
- Scratching frequently
- Rubbing ears frequently
- Shaking the head
- Ear redness that indicates inflammation
- Brownish or black discharge that has a waxy texture
- Foul odor in the ears
If your pets exhibit any of these symptoms, it is important to have our veterinarian see them to determine if they have an ear mite problem or ear allergies. Ear mite infestations can cause other problems, such as ruptured blood vessels in the ears from frequent scratching.
Signs of Common Ear Allergies
Cats and dogs in Vancouver can develop allergies that affect their ears. Common allergens that pets have include pollen, dust mites, mold, flea bites, cleaning products and corn, soy and other ingredients in pet foods. Pets that have allergies might have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Itchy ears that lead to frequent scratching or pawing
- Redness in the ears from scratching
- Shaking the head
Keep in mind that pets with ear allergies might also have other symptoms, such as sneezing, itchy tail, runny eyes, itchy paws or itchy skin. Pets with an ear mite problem usually only have symptoms that affect the ears.
Contact Us for Animal Dermatology in Vancouver and Richmond
If you are unsure whether your pet has an ear mite infestation or allergies, please contact Animal Dermatology Specialists of Vancouver. Our veterinarian provides high-quality animal dermatology in Vancouver and Richmond, so you can rest assured that your pet will receive effective treatment for ear allergies or mites.