Ear mites are insects that live and thrive in the ear canal. Ear mites cause excess wax production, severe itching
and inflammation, and the production of a dark brown grainy discharge. They can lead to ear infections, which may cause
foul odors, and are extremely contagious from pet to pet. Ear mites can be detected by a microscopic exam of ear discharge
and are treated topically. Yeast and different bacteria can also cause ear diseases. These organisms cause thick
discharges and odors, itching, pain, and ear damage.