Ear mites are the most common mange mites affecting cats and dogs. An estimated 50% of external ear infections in dogs and 85% of ear infections in cats are caused by otodectes mites.
Transmitted via direct contact otodectes are very common in young animals. This parasite can survive several months without a host.
It is a very itchy and distressing condition and needs to be seen by a Veterinarian for treatment, although mild cases may be controlled using some flea treatments such as Advocate and Revolution.
Left untreated may result in severe bacterial ear infections, aural haematoma, burst eardrum etc.