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post #1 of 5 Old 03-30-2012, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Bugs in ears

So, this is a new one to me. I have never dealt with it before. My gelding seems to have developed bugs in his ears. I am contacting the vet about it...but does anyone know of anything to provide some relief to my guy until then?

The bugs are grayish black, winged, and are bugging the crap out of him. He tosses and shakes his head horribly. There are small blackish "scabs" in his ears that bleed when touched. I feel so horrible for him.

Gelding is regularly wormed and healthy otherwise. It has been rather nasty here lately...huge storms one day and then scorching hot for half a day and then back to huge storms.
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-30-2012, 05:07 PM
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That sounds like gnats, they suck blood. Try a fly mask with ears or a thin layer of Swat rubbed on the inside of the ears but not too deep inside.
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-30-2012, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I just have never had this happen. He has a fly mask....but it does not cover his ears. I have been looking into getting one that does and I guess this is my push to do that. Hopefully the vet will get out here soon (waiting on a call back) and we can make this all right again.
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-30-2012, 07:54 PM
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We have those same bugs here. I put udder balm (a small amount) in the ear. It goes on like a petroleum jelly and heals the little bites while keeping the flies away (they can't bite through it). It is a lot easier, though, to just buy a mask with ears.

I hear ya though. Those bugs stink, and they cause so many issues. Make sure you check their chest and belly (especially the navel) for bites as well, as those are common bite areas, especially if you are having problems with them in his ears. The udder balm can be put on any of these areas. It is cheap and available at a farm store.

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post #5 of 5 Old 05-23-2012, 08:24 PM
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I have a similar post on here about the same problem, I got SWAT today and I just put it on Daisy's ears I will let you know how it works
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