Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats
Ear infections are common in both dogs and cats. They are caused by parasites, bacteria, and foreign objects that get stuck in the ear. At Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic in Lewistown and Mifflintown we treat infections in both dogs and cats. Infected ears often lead to other health problems. It's important for you to know the signs of infection and seek treatment for your pet from a veterinarian.
Symptoms of Ear Infections in Dogs
Puppies and dogs with ear infections shake their heads, scratch at their ears, and have a discharge from their ears.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Dogs
Veterinarians will first look inside both ears of a dog before making a diagnosis. If a form of infection is detected, ear medication in the form of drops is prescribed and put directly into the animal’s ears. The vet might flush out and clean a dog’s ears as well. Medicated drops for infection are often put in one to three times daily. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary for abscesses that occur on the ears.
Signs of Ear Infections in Cats
Kittens or cats with ear infections often scratch their heads excessively. Discharge and redness from and around the ears are two of the most prominent symptoms of ear problems in cats. Often, the causes of cat’s ear infections are bacteria, ear mites, wax, allergens, or medications. Eat mites cause about half of ear infections in cats, and produce a brown discharge. A vet might examine the discharge under a microscope to check for mites.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Cats for Ear Infections
A veterinarian will examine your cat’s ears and perform a routine exam checking his fur and skin. Sometimes, ear infections are a sign of a more serious problem. A vet often has to flush out a cat’s ears and clean them if infections or parasites are present. The vet may give your pet a blood test to detect more serious illness and test for food allergies.
A veterinarian may prescribe medication for your pet’s ears, as well as something to flush out and clean them. Our vet may suggest dietary changes or treatment for fleas and ringworm depending on what caused the infection.
Contact Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic in Lewistown or Juanita Veterinary Clinic in Mifflintown our second location about ear care prevention and treatment for dogs or cats by calling 717-248-4703 or 717-436-9790 for an appointment.