How to Rid of Ticks on Dogs’ Ears


“My dog has ticks in his ears” – it is a common situation for dog owners. Ticks on dogs can cause various illness, from bacterial and viral infections to a neurological condition. There are numerous types of ticks which can attach to your dog’s body when he chooses walks in the park or when he plays in bushes and high yard. The ticks can connect to numerous parts of the body and feed on the dog’s blood. Often, they enter the dog’s ears causing otitis. There is a particular types of ticks, the spinous ear tick, which gets into dog’s ears triggering a series of issues in the area.

Removing Ticks From Dogs Ears

Dog Spinous Ear Tick

The spinous ear tick (otobius megnini) is a species of ticks which enters the external auditory canal in dogs triggering severe otitis. This condition will manifest through violent shaking of the head, scratching, pain and even neurological symptoms such as convulsions.

The tick, is only parasitic when it reaches the larval and nymph stage. The nymph stage has 4 pairs of yellow legs and is blue-grayish in color. In the larvae stage, the tick has only got 3 pairs of legs.

The spinous ear tick is a soft shell tick and has a tough cover. Ear ticks can live in the ear canal up to seven months prior to they develop into adults. When they do not feed, they can stay concealed in the cervices inside the ear and they are tough to spot. Given that ticks usually cause severe medical conditions in dogs, it is very important to spot and eliminate the tick and treat whatever disease it triggered as quickly as possible.

How to Kill Ticks in Dogs Ears

The treatment (mean killing) of ticks on the dog’s ears will include a number of actions:

  • Identifying the tick
  • Getting rid of the tick
  • Cleaning the area
  • Dealing with any diseases caused by the tick
  • Cleaning up the ears
  • Getting tick preventive services

The first step in treating ticks in dog’s ears is the recognition and the elimination of the tick. You should act fast if dog ear full of ticks. The ticks generally remain concealed in the ear’s crevices. They just go out when they need to feed. This is why in most cases they are tough to spot, so you may see the first symptoms appear before you spot the tick.

When eliminating the tick, ensure not to squeeze it, as it can launch more toxic substances into the dog’s blood stream.

Use special tweezers and grab the tick as close to the skin as possible. Generally tick bites cause small size inflammations of the skin which disappear in about a week after the bite. This reaction is a result of immediate local hyper-sensitivity.

Even if the tick bite in itself is not such a big problem, the diseases they cause are far more serious. In case of ear infections and external otitis caused by ticks found in the ear, your dog may require treatment based upon corticosteroids and antibiotics applied locally on the external auditory tract. You can also use some tick preventatives to control any more problem. To make sure you get the best treatment, consult your veterinarian.

Also read: Antibiotic Therapy for Ear Infection in Dogs


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