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Ear mites are skin parasites that can occur in any dog of any age. However, puppies are more prone to getting ear mites than older dogs. These parasites cause visible discomfort in your pet and can lead to serious medical complications if left untreated. The good news however is that ear mite infestation is relatively easy to treat. Let’s take a closer look at what you as a pet parent need to be looking out for.

Signs and symptoms

  • Excessive itching and scratching at the ear is the most obvious sign that your dog may have an infestation
  • Dark brown ear wax
  • Red, painful and swollen ears

Untreated ear mites can lead to infection

Not only are ear mites extremely uncomfortable for your dog, but they can also cause an ear infection when left untreated. When this happens, the ear infection can subsequently lead to hearing loss or loss of coordination and balance. 


Nexgard is specifically formulated to prevent as well as treat parasitic infections in dogs; including, ear mites, and ticks and fleas. Pet parents purchase Nexgard as a chewable tablet to keep their pets parasite free for one month following a single administration. The dose of Nexgard is weight dependant, so you may want to have your pup weighed prior to purchasing the tablets. 

A chewable tablet is a convenient way to prevent parasites infesting your pet and should be administered regularly to ward off unnecessary skin infestations. 

Should your dog be suffering from ear mites, your veterinarian will prescribe a tablet such as Nexgard, along with an ear cleaner and medicated ear drops, to assist treatment of the infection and wax build up.

Long term outlook

Prevention is better than cure. So, treating your dog regularly for ear mites, ticks and fleas, as well as regular washing of your pet’s household items, will aid in preventing infestation or re-infestation in your home. 

Additional product information

Please note that Nexgard is not suitable for animals suffering from seizures. If your pet suffers from seizures, or has had a seizure in the past, then speak with your veterinarian about an appropriate alternative treatment.

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