Symptoms and treatment of otodecosis in dogs

About one-half of pet owners face otodecosis in dogs or an ear tick. Its causative agent is tick Otodectes cynotis, which parasitizes in the auricle of the animal. This is a tiny insect (0.3-0.5 mm) with a gnawing proboscis and suckers on the legs.

Mostly otodektoz occurs among puppies between the ages of 1.5 and 6 months, regardless of the season.

Symptoms of otodecosis in dogs

  • The first symptom is that the dog becomes restless. She tries to rub her ears on various objects, shakes her head, tries to scratch her ears with her paws, while traumatizing her ear to the blood. As a result, scratches, abrasions, suppurations appear in the ears.
  • On examination of the ear, it is clear that the auditory canal is filled with crusts of dried exudate. If the disease is complicated, the inflammatory process extends to the inner and middle ear and then to the meninges.
  • The dog looks depressed, it has nerve attacks, body temperature rises, the animal refuses food, tilts its head in the direction of the sore ear.

The dog must be shown to the veterinarian to clarify the diagnosis. To do this, the doctor takes a scraping from the inner surface of the auricle.

Treatment of otodekoza in dogs, drugs

  • First you need to clean the ear from crusts, scales and exudate.
  • After that, medication is prescribed. First of all, many acaricides are used, which are used to treat the auricle and canal. For example, the drug "Tsipam" destroys adult forms of the tick after three times treatment with an interval of 5-7 days.
  • The droplets are warmed to body temperature and injected with the aid of a syringe equipped with a rubber tube with a diameter of 1-1.5 mm into the external auditory canal. At the same time, the auricle is carefully massaged to evenly distribute the medicine. Also, the pinna is carefully processed outside.
  • Liniment and ointment applied with a swab, carefully coating both the outer and inner surface of the ear.

There are also special powders that are poured into the auricle, and then massaged. In application they are quite convenient in alphametrin-based aerosol packages. Often recently used injections of ivermectins.

Popular among dog breeders drug dekta. It contains a synergized acaricide that kills ticks, as well as wax and propolis. They contribute to the suppression of inflammatory processes.

If there are several animals in the house (dogs and cats), then you need to treat everyone with mites, as they are probably affected by ear scab.

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