Pet Ear Infection
Watching your pet continuously scratching at their ears and whining is often the first signs of an ear infection and the continuous scratching may also lead to red and raw ears. Just like humans, your pet can develop an ear infection in their outer, middle or inner ear. When ear infections in pets go untreated, it may lead to more serious problems, including deafness. It is extremely important to know the symptoms and seek assistance from your veterinarian in Honolulu as soon as you suspect your pet may have an ear infection.
Symptoms of a Pet Ear Infection
Your pet’s ear canals are extremely sensitive, so the symptoms of an ear infection are usually very clear, which may include:
- Odor coming from the ear
- Head shaking
- Whining and scratching at their affected ear
- Redness, itchiness and swelling
- Dark, foul smelling discharge
Causes of Ear Infections in Pets
Your pet’s ear canal is more vertical than the structure of a human ear canal and it has an “L” shape, which tends to hold in fluid, which makes them more prone to ear infections. Some of the most common causes of pet ear infections include:
- Moisture, which creates a growing environment for yeast and bacteria
- Bacteria, yeast and fungus
- Reaction to medications
- Wax buildup
- Foreign object in the ear canal
- Excessive cleaning
- Ear mites, which are more common in puppies
- Health issues, such as thyroid disorders, endocrine disorders, meningitis, encephalitis an autoimmune disease
Treating an Ear Infection
The first and most important thing to do is schedule a veterinary appointment at the first sign of an ear infection. Your vet will thoroughly clean your pet’s ears and prescribe systemic antibiotics and/or topical medications and pain medications which you will continue administering at home. Depending on the severity of the infection, relief may take from 10-30 days to resolve. It is extremely important to follow the advice of your veterinarian, because any lapse in the treatment course may lead to the recurrence of an infection.
Contact Our Local Veterinarian To Treat Your Pet’s Ear Infection
Prevention is the best way to avoid ear infections. Make sure to thoroughly dry your pet’s ears after swimming and bathing and make sure to talk with your veterinarian in Honolulu about the safest way to clean your pets ears. To learn more information about ear infections in pets contact The Honolulu Pet Clinic.