"So, naturalists observe, a flea has smaller fleas that on him prey; and these have smaller still to bite ’em; and so proceed ad infinitum."
- Jonathan Swift

November 6, 2010

November 6 - Otodectes cynotis

Many people who have had a dog or a cat as a pet are probably familiar with ear mites - infections that can cause your pet to have brown, cruddy material in their ears, shake their heads, and even itch frantically at their ears. Here's a close-up look at the culprits - Otodectes cynotis. These tiny arachnids are spread from animal to animal via direct contact and then take up residence in the ear canal. The adults lay eggs in the ears and then the mites hatch out and go through a larval stage and two nymphal stage before becoming mature. If left untreated, the mites can induce secondary bacterial or yeast infections, and, in rare severe cases, even deafness in the ear as well.

1 comment:

  1. i hate them so much!!dammit!
    my dog has a chronic ear mite infection. almost every 2 months she gets that brownish lumps in her ear and they cause her to itch excessively and her ear is bloody and it gets infected and swollen. all we have for to treat her is a ear wash called cleanaural. it contains aqua proplene glycol,isoropyl alcohol,tromethamine,citric acid,l-menthol and chloroyhmol sodium lauryl sulfate.
    also,i have purchased a otoscope and every morning i test her for brown liquid for to catch them at early stage and not let the ear be infected and injured. this is really frustrating.