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post #1 of 16 Old 05-22-2012, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Their are bugs in her ears

We just bought a 7 year old pony a few weeks ago. We thought that she was head shy because she didn't know us yet but today I noticed that she has red crust in her ear. It seems very painful. I looked closer and their are little greyish bugs moving around in both ears. I tried to grab one and my finger squished it easily and my finger got all bloody from it. They are not ticks, I have seen them before. Any help with what these are or what I can do for Daisy will be greatly apprecialted. Thank you in advance
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-22-2012, 08:38 PM
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Could be ear mites, but your vet can confirm and give you topical and/or injection to help clear it up .....

Poor baby .. must be miserable...

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post #3 of 16 Old 05-22-2012, 08:41 PM
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It sounds like Ear Mites. Call a vet, some ear solution should clear them up.
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post #4 of 16 Old 05-22-2012, 08:51 PM
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Try doing a google image search. You may find what you are looking for there. There are several answers for treating each type of bug.

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post #5 of 16 Old 05-23-2012, 11:03 AM
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I agree with the above and, as this is a new pony a visit from the vet is in order anyway - so have them look at her ears during the visit.
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post #6 of 16 Old 05-23-2012, 12:26 PM
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I know Knats(?) love our horses ears and they get rud stuff in it. And they love it when I rub them out, but could be many different things.
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post #7 of 16 Old 05-23-2012, 12:43 PM
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i know Knats(?) love our horses ears and they get rud stuff in it. And they love it when I rub them out, but could be many different things.
Biting gnats can drive a horse to the brink - a nice mask with ears is a great way to prevent biting gnats in the ears
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post #8 of 16 Old 05-23-2012, 01:11 PM
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I wish my horses would keep their masks on, but they rub them off and tear them up! I resorted to putting a thin layer of Swat in and around their ears, on their whole face for that matter.
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post #9 of 16 Old 05-23-2012, 01:28 PM
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my horse had the same thing 2 summers ago while I was away for a week. The little bugs(still don't know what they are called) had eaten the inside of his ears till the were bleeding and crusty. To make matters worse my horse would rub his head and ears to get rid of them. We had to take him to the vet and they shaved both his ears, cleaned them, and put a topical ointment on them . After that we had to clean them with the stuff the vet gave us and keep a fly mask on for the rest of the summer till the weather got cool so that the bugs wouldnt bother him.
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post #10 of 16 Old 05-23-2012, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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I called the vet and she will be out but not till Tuesday:( She said that we can use SWAT on her ears until then. I went out and got it from the local tractor supply and by the time that I got home the vets office is closed for the memorial day four day weekend UGGG!!! Emergency calls only, I don't thingk that this is an emergency and maybe someone can help me, The vet never said how often to apply the SWAT or if I can acctually put it in her ears or on the outside only, she did say that it repels as well as sooths so I assume it goes in the ears any help will be appreciated Thanks:)
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