Ear mites (Otodectes cyanotis) are very contagious and can infect all the animals in your household. As the mites are invisible to the naked eye, the vet would probably have to check the wax under the microscope.
If you notice your ferret is scratching at his ear constantly, you had better check out if he has any of the following symptoms
- Dark ear wax
- Itchiness of the ear canal
Don’t ignore this problem, because it could lead to serious problems if the mites infect the middle ear. Such an infection would cause the ferret to lose its balance or even fall over in serious cases.
An injection of Ivermectin is normally used to get rid of the mites.
You can read more on Ear Mites in Ferrets on these sites …
Earmites by Erika Matulich
Ear Mites by Judith Bell, DVM, PhD
Why Is My Ferret Scratching Its Ear? by Ron Hines. DVM PhD
Ear Mites in Ferrets (PetMD)
Otodectic Mite (CAPC)
You can download a pdf from Ness Exotic Wellness Center about “Ear Mites in Ferrets” here.
(Last updated September 2015)
DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this page is not meant to replace seeing a veterinarian if you think your ferret is ill. It’s only meant to supply general information on a particular illness which was obtained either from personal experience with my sick ferrets, or from books and/or the Internet.