Ear mites are a common parasite that affect rabbits. They are small, creatures that live in the ear canal and feed on the blood of the host animal. Ear mites are highly contagious and can be spread between rabbits through direct contact.
Symptoms of ear mites in rabbits include head shaking, scratching at the ears, and a black, waxy discharge in the ear canal. If left untreated, ear mites can lead to more serious ear infections and even permanent hearing loss.
Treatment for ear mites in rabbits typically involves a thorough cleaning of the ear canal and the application of topical medications. Your veterinarian may also prescribe oral medications to treat the mites systemically.
Prevention is key when it comes to ear mites in rabbits. Regular ear cleanings can help keep the ear canal clear of debris and prevent mites from taking up residence. Additionally, if you have multiple rabbits, it is important to keep them separated if one of them has been diagnosed with ear mites to prevent the spread of the parasites.
If you suspect that your rabbit may have ear mites, it is important to take them to a veterinarian who is experienced in treating small animals. At Priest Lake Veterinary Hospital in Nashville, TN, our veterinarians have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating ear mites in rabbits. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your furry friend.