Ear infections are common in our pets. In fact, some breeds are more susceptible to getting them than others. It happens when the normal bacteria and other organisms existing in our pets’ ears get overtaken by disease-causing organisms called pathogenic organisms. Your pet will need treatment, and at Loves Park Animal Hospital we can guide you every step of the way.
Signs and Symptoms
Sadly, our pets cannot tell us where it hurts. If your pet is suffering from an ear infection here are some signs and symptoms, they may exhibit.
- Loss of balance
- Tilting head, a lot
- Head shaking
- Scratching ear a lot
- Noticed of blood on the outside of the ear
- Rubbing head on furniture or carpet
- Swelling by the ear
- Hearing loss
- Loss of hair by the infected ear
- Inflammation in the ear
We know how an ear infection can happen, but what are the causes that can lead to this? Here are a few.
- Seed or plant could have gotten stuck in the ear.
- Overgrowth of bacteria and yeast because of pets living in humid places or if they are frequent swimmers.
- Mites, lice, parasites, or fleas can infest the ear leading to irritation causing inflammation and the ear getting infected.
- Allergies: food and environmental
- Hair growth in ears. If it is excessive, it can prevent proper airflow trapping moisture cause bacteria to grow.
- Abnormal growths like tumors or abscesses
- Ear wax build-up
- Immune imbalances
There is no need to fear as a variety of treatments are available through your pet’s veterinarian. The most typical treatment is your vet will perform a detailed cleaning of the ear while showing you how to properly administer the treatment. Most treatments for ear infection involved either an antibiotic or a topical ointment. Perhaps both, depending on the severity. It is wise, and they may advise you to visit after the two-week treatment period to check and see how if all has cleared up properly. If allergies are the culprit behind your pet’s ear problems changes to your pets, surrounding may be necessary to prevent further infections.
Visit Our Location Today!
If you are wondering if your dog or cat may sustain an ear infection, visit us at Loves Park Animal Hospital. Located conveniently in the Loves Park area, we welcome and treat the surrounding communities because we recognize you want the best service and care for your pet. You can call us at 815-986-4445 to schedule an appointment today!