Tip Tuesday Video – how to tell if your pets has mites or fleas

ear mites is something more commonly seen in puppies and kittens it's unless the dog or cat has not been seen by a veterinarian it's kind of unusual for just a three year old dog that you've had for ages unless it's not being treated to just randomly come down with your mites so as part of a regular vaccination protocol the full exam is done by your veterinarian and they'll scope the ears ear mites are usually very itchy and there's usually a thick black discharge there's dry blood in the ear canal the dogs are shaking their head they're scratching a lot sometimes to the point of bleeding so here mites are exceptionally achieved when dogs and cats have them and they can spread very easily amongst other dogs or cats in the family in terms of treatment usually an ear flutter in your cleaning is done first the older methods used to be a cleaning and then medication a week on a week off and a week on with medications basically drowning out the mics there is newer medications one of them is called revolution which is a topical which is both for treatment of fleas intestinal parasites but also does ear mites again some veterinarians not all but some veterinarians and I agree with it as well will clean the ears first so you start off with a nice clean ear canal after and then they can just use revolution and some will use revolution and maybe a topical like an in ear canal especially if they're very inflamed so the first thing that a pet owner usually notices is that they're they're shaking their head a lot they're scratching and if they lift the ear they'll sometimes see the discharge or they'll smell but it's typically something we see very often in younger kittens and puppies in terms of fleas some dogs it's kind of amazing some dogs have no reaction to flea bites so people bring their pets in and they're literally covered and the owners don't even notice them and some dogs just get one flea bite and it's really difficult to even tell if they've had a flea and they're allergic and they come in really scratching you know thin coated dog sometimes it's easy to see fleas by parting the skin and waiting and you might just see one of these little guys run by in the areas of the tummy so if your dog is on your lap this area here which doesn't have a lot of skin if you look if they're covered in fleas very often you'll just see one of those little guys getting across the other way and it's a really good test for fleas is actually looking for what's called flea dirt flea turd went of bites the dog that all it leaves some poo and that poo is called flea dirt if you see any of these little black specks and they look like little pepper granules if you just put them on a clean surface and you add a drop of water to it if it's flea dirt it'll turn red nothing else would do that because it's dried blood that's gone through the fleas intestinal tract if it's regular dirt it'll just stay brown or black so dogs typically it's not all the dogs will scratch if they have fleas but you either you'll see them or they're scratching a little bit or you'll see signs of the flea dirt prevention these days in the old days where I started practice way back in 1980 flea prevention flea control was very difficult we didn't have a lot of good products on the market you had to bathe them all the time flea bomb the house it was quite difficult to get rid of them nowadays are some great products out there like advantage in revolution if they are really loaded you can start them off quickly with a drug called cap star it gets rid of them literally within minutes and then you use a once a month preventative so again seek advice from your veterinarian first and then they will prescribe the appropriate medications and if there's any rashes on the skin those will need to be addressed at the same time same time same time same time

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