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Old 01-02-2016, 01:44 PM
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Advice Please For Ear Mite Treatment

Hi everyone

I think my shihtzu has an ear mite problem... I have been cleaning his ears twice a week following an ear infection a few months ago, and all seemed well. However over Christmas we missed just one session, and went a week without an ear clean, and it looks like the mites are back. The inside of his ear is slightly red, and looks a bit sore. I've found a few of the tell-tale "coffee grounds" which makes me think it's mites again. I'm cleaning his ears with Epi-Otic, and have started using Otodex ear drops. It's probably too soon to say whether they are working yet, as I've only used them for 2 days so far, but I wondered whether anyone has any recommendations for him. Does anyone know of a treatment that will get rid of the mites? Also if anyone has a recommendation of a treatment I can use to keep him mite free, that would be great.

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Hi everyone

I think my shihtzu has an ear mite problem... I have been cleaning his ears twice a week following an ear infection a few months ago, and all seemed well. However over Christmas we missed just one session, and went a week without an ear clean, and it looks like the mites are back. The inside of his ear is slightly red, and looks a bit sore. I've found a few of the tell-tale "coffee grounds" which makes me think it's mites again. I'm cleaning his ears with Epi-Otic, and have started using Otodex ear drops. It's probably too soon to say whether they are working yet, as I've only used them for 2 days so far, but I wondered whether anyone has any recommendations for him. Does anyone know of a treatment that will get rid of the mites? Also if anyone has a recommendation of a treatment I can use to keep him mite free, that would be great.

Many thanks
Did your vet check under the micriscope to confirm the presence of mites? Ear mites are not common in adult dogs. My guess is the ear infection has never resolved. Make sure that you wait at least 30 minutes after cleaning the ears. You will dilute the otodex and it will not be as effective if you instill it right after cleaning. Call your vet and see if they will refill ear medication.
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Hi Agility Collie Mom

Thanks very much for the advice... I'll book a vets appt for my boy on Monday, as definitely want to make sure his ear infection has gone. In the meantime I'll do as you suggest and wait for half an hour between cleaning and drops...

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