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20 Feb 2004

Ear mites in basset's ears
Even though we clean our basset's ears regularly, she always seems to have some sticky, brownish stuff in her ears. I have read that this is caused by ear mites, but it wasn't explained what exactly ear mites are and what treatment would sort it out. Please advise.

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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

In my experience, ear mites are quite uncommon. More commonly, brown exudate is caused by a yeast overgrowth, which may be a primary cause, or follow as a secondary invader in an allergic ear, a swimmer, or any dog with underlying ear problems. Treatment can be very effective, but you will need a drop provided by your veterinarian following an examination and specific diagnosis. These drops normally contain some form of antibiotic, and therefore is provided by prescription only. If there is an underlying allergic condition or anything else that is causing a greater likelihood of getting ear infection, this must also be addressed (for example food allergies and swimming).

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town
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