Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats are often prone to ear infections.

We all know that dogs and cats have an amazing sense of hearing, and when they have ear infection, discomfort and extreme pain is experienced. Because of the wax, dirt and parasites can easily become trapped and consequently lead to an ear infection.

Dog breeds such as cocker spaniels, poodles and miniature schnauzers develop ear infections frequently as in cats, Persian breeds are also more susceptible to these infections. The ear infections can lead to more serious problems such as hearing loss and neurological difficulties. However, with proper diagnosis and prompt treatment of ear infections can be treated successfully.

Common symptoms and signs of an ear infection include:

"Shaking his head and one hand holding it

"Scratch in the ears

"Pain in the ear

Ear-rubbing against furniture or carpet

-Download yellow, brown or black ears

"The ears are red, swollen or tender

"Foul odor from the ears

Also, if a middle ear infection develops, symptoms of facial paralysis can occur. The lids of your pet can be tilted to the facial muscles, difficulty in swallowing and loss of balance.

What causes ear infections?

Most ear infections are caused by bacterial or yeast. Other factors may also contribute to ear infections include accumulation of wax, dirt, thick hair, matted trapped in the ear canal or other foreign bodies. Allergies, ear mites, ulceration, tumors, improper cleaning of the ear or hearing impaired drainage can also cause ear infection.

Help for ear infections

The treatment for ear infections depends on the underlying cause and the severity of the infection. Very often the underlying conditions such as allergies, tumors or polyps can cause ear infections, but if they are treated immediately can greatly reduce infection. Medications to treat the symptoms of ear infection include antibiotics or antifungal drugs.

The cleaning of your pet's ears will also be recommended daily, and your veterinarian demonstrate how to do this properly without damaging your furry friend. In more severe cases, surgical procedures involving an incision in the eardrum, the removal of the ear canal or ear bony covering may be required.