Ear mites in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

By: Dr. Roy Kraemer |
DVM, Bulldog Specialist Veterinarian

Subject: Urgent: Consultation Needed for Milo’s Ear Mites 🐶👂🔍

Dear Dr. Kraemer, I’m writing concerning my 9-month-old French Bulldog, Milo. 🌟 Unfortunately, he’s been showing signs of an ear infection, my cat “Mint” had ear mites last year and I was wondering of bulldogs can also get them.

Thank you for your prompt attention! 🙏 #EarMites #BulldogHealth #VetConsultation

Best regards, Tami and Milo 🐾

Ear mites are less common in bulldogs and French bulldogs than one might assume. Despite these breeds being prone to various types of ear canal diseases, such as otitis externa, ear mites are seldom the underlying cause

Bulldog Ear Mites  5 X MUST KNOW

  1. Ear mites Otodectes cynotis is not common in bulldogs.
  2. Ear mites pass from one infected pet to another and can easily be diagnosed with a microscope
  3. Itching, rubbing redness, and inflamed ears with dark discharge are commonly observed.
  4. Treatment includes bully therapeutics, cleaning wipes, and ear rinses.
  5. Prevention includes Dr. Kraemer’s Ear Mites Care Bundles 

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Ear mites in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs / CAUSE

The medical name for ear mites in bulldogs is Otodectes cynotis. Ear mites are highly contagious, typically transmitted from one household pet, such as a cat or dog, to another.

bulldog ear mites

Other more common causes of bulldog ear disease (otitis) are.

  • Allergic otitis
  • Bacteria and yeast Otitis
  • Atopic & Food Allergies
  • Demodex skin mites can sometimes be found in ears

Ear mites in Bulldogs PRESENTATION

  • Dark Ear Discharge and debris
  • Head-Shaking
  • Itching, scratching, rubbing and pawing at the ears
  • Redness and inflammation of the Ears and Ear base
    Bad odor from the ears

Ear mites in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs / DIAGNOSIS

  • Dr. Ear Exam (Otoscopic)
  • Microscopic: checking the ear debris for mites
  • Allergy Testing
  • Skin Scrape: of patch hair loss skin areas

Ear mites in Bulldogs / PREVENTIVE CARE

  1. Flea/Mite Preventives: Some topical and oral flea preventives also prevent ear mites
  2. Ear Mite Contact Prevention: Prevent contact with mite-infected animals and pets
  3. Disinfection: Wash any towels and dog beds used by your mite-positive bulldog
  4. E-Collar: Buster collar protector to prevent trauma secondary to itching

Ear mites are not considered contagious to humans

Bulldog Ear Mite Buster Collar


Use a bully ear rinse and cleansing wipes to remove all the debris

Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bulldog Therapeutic Topicals



  • V4B Bully WaxLess Ear Rinse
  • V4B Bully Yeasty Bully Antiseptic Ear Rinse



  • V4B Bully  Ear Cleansing Wipes

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Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bulldog Therapeutic Supplements

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There are various prescription topical medications.


There are a few topical and oral ones that also help prevent and treat ear mites

Ear mites in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs WARNINGS:

Below is a selected list of ear mite warnings courtesy of Dr. Kraemer


An untreated ear mite infection in bulldogs can lead to chronic otitis, secondary yeast, and bacterial infections, trauma to the ear flap resulting in hematoma, and in severe chronic cases, it may even lead to hearing loss.

Bulldog ear mite CONTAGIOUS WARNING:

Although ear mites are rare in bulldogs, they are highly contagious among pets and can easily spread from one household pet to another, including cats.

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