Does your ferret and scratch its ears as if it can't get the itching to stop? Do you find dark reddish-brown chunky material coming out when it shakes its head? If you answered yes, chances are your ferret has ear mites.
A sample of wax from you ferret's ears can be quickly examined using a microscope to find ear mites if they are present. Once a diagnosis of ear mites has been made, treatment can begin to clear the mites from your ferrets ears. Of course there are many other conditions that can cause a ferret to shakes it's head or excessively scratch at its ears, so we always recommend a health consultation whenever you see these behaviors of dirty looking ears.
A microscope slide with the reddish-brown wax suggestive of ear mites
An ear mite egg just ready to hatch as seen under a microscope