Hi everyone - this week we had a very cute patient in our care. A good samaritan brought us a stray kitten that they witnessed get hit by a truck. After seeing the kitten tumble to the side of the road they quickly rushed her to the clinic. Her physical exam showed significant road rash but no other injuries were sustained.
Once the patient was confirmed stable, an ear cytology was preformed to confirm the presence of ear mites. Below I have included pictures of some of the road rash and an ear mite that was found on cytology.
After spending two days at the clinic and receiving treatments for her wounds the individuals confirmed that she was a kitten from a nearby farm. After speaking to the farmer, the individuals decided to adopt the kitten. This stray kitten (Elenore) may have had a traumatic beginning to her week but now she has a loving home.
Ear mites or (Otodectes cynotis) are common obligate parasites (meaning they need the host to survive) of the feline ear canal. These mites cause severe pruritus (itching) due to their movement, feeding activity and or allergic reaction to the mite’s saliva. Clinical signs of ear mites include itching of ears, trauma to the side of face due to itching, and “coffee ground” like debris found in the ear canals. Ear mites can be transmitted to other cats and dogs by direct contact. If you think your pet may have ear mites contact your veterinarian today for an examination. Ear mites are easily treated especially when identified early.