Pet Ear Infections: Signs, Symptoms, & Treatment
Ear infections can be extremely painful and are notoriously hard to treat without professional help. When our pets are suffering from ear infections, they may have little to no clear way of letting us know that they are suffering. Ear infections in cats can be especially difficult to discover since cats have a strong instinct to hide their pain.
Signs & Symptoms of Ear Infections in Pets
Dogs are more likely to show their pain than cats, but they can still have trouble communicating when their ears are hurting. They may paw at the affected ear, or try to get their heads into, especially cool or hot places. Many times, owners will simply see these behaviors as cute and unusual, not realizing their four-legged friend is suffering.
Another important sign which you should check for regularly is excessive and dark ear wax building up in the ear and coming out farther than usual. If your pet has excessive, dark ear wax and if the ear or ears have an unpleasant odor, that is an indication that the animal is likely to have a particularly severe ear infection.
The signs of a severe ear infection include vomiting, wide-swinging movements of the head, a lack of coordination, and an altered sense of balance. If your pet’s ear infection progresses to this point, it can be exceedingly dangerous and can even mean that neurological damage has been done. We must prevent any ear infection from progressing to this point. Only regular checkups can guarantee that an ear infection will not progress this far.
Diagnosing & Treating Animal Ear Infections
While there is a lot you can do to monitor and protect your pet’s health at home, the best way to care for your pet’s long term health is to have regular checkups at least once a year with your veterinarian. The professionals at Suburban Veterinary Clinic in Maple Heights, OH are highly trained and experienced in spotting the signs of animal ear infection and in treating the condition.
For veterinarian professionals, treating an ear infection that has not progressed too far is typically easy and painless for the animal. The affected ear will need to be cleaned and disinfected. Your pet may need to take a course of antibiotics. Often, the infection can be successfully treated using a simple measure such as a warm saline rinse of the ear canal.
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