‘Ask a Vet’ – Ear mites


>>ANCHOR: EVERY SATURDAY ON NEWS 6 WE TEAM UP WITH THE GREATER PET ALLIANCE TO ASK THE VET YOUR WELL PET. TODAY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT MITES. SO JOINING US NOW IS DR. DAWN KIENAN, THE CLINICAL VET FROM THE PET ALLIANCE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE. SO WE’RE FOCUSING ON A SPECIFIC TYPE OF MITE, TALKING ABOUT EAR MITES WHICH ARE ESPECIALLY A PROBLEM FOR OUTDOOR CATS. WHAT ARE THE MAIN THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW?>>YOU SHOULD BE LOOKING OUT FOR HEAD SHAKING OR EAR SCRATCHING. UM, KIND OF LEAK THAT. ALSO ANY COFFEE LIKE DEBRIS IN THE EAR CAN INDICATE THEY HAVE MITES. YOU WANT TO KNOW THEY’RE HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS BETWEEN CATS AND CAN BE CONTAGIOUS TO DOGS AND NOT ALL EAR PROBLEMS ARE CAUSED BY EAR MITES. THERE COULD BE EAR INFECTIONS.>>ANCHOR: AND CATS SCRATCH AT THEIR EARS ALL THE TIME. HOW CAN YOU TELL MORE SPECIFICALLY IF MITES ARE TO BLAME.>>IT WOULD USUALLY BE EXCESSIVE SCRATCHING AND MAYBE TO THE POINT THERE ARE SORES ON THE EARS AND REDNESS INSIDE THE EARS AND THE DARK BROWN COFFEE-LIKE DEBRIS YOU MAY SEE FLYING OUT OF THE EARS.>>THAT SOUNDS TERRIBLE FOR ALL INVOLVED! HOW DO WE TREAT THIS?>>THE GOOD NEWS IS THERE ARE MANY AND THEN OCCURRING BUT IT IS POSSIBLE. THIS ISN’T SOMETHING THAT’S CONTAGIOUS TO HUMANS THOUGH.>>ANCHOR: THAT, I GUESS, IS GOOD TO KNOW. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. BOTH YOU, DOCTOR, AS WELL AS OUR LITTLE FRIEND HERE, YETI, WHO IS UP FOR ADOPTION. IF YOU WANT TO SEE ANY OF THE PAST SEGMENTS WE’LL CONNECT YOU

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