There’s something wrong in ear!
If you think your pet has smelly, dirty or red ears it is time for a check up with us. Ear infections are very common at this time of the year and it’s important that we visualise the canal and make sure your pet is not in any pain.
The ear contains its own ‘mini environment’ and this can be easily disrupted by heat, moisture and self trauma (for example from itching due to allergies). Bacteria and yeast love the change in environment and begin to increase in numbers, resulting in a very unhappy ear canal and an uncomfortable pet.
Watch out for:
Shaking of the head
Rubbing ears along the floor or furniture
Itching behind ears with paws
A head tilt
Flicking of the ears (especially cats)
Discharge – may be smelly and can be black, white or yellow
Hot and red ears
We will use an otoscope (a fancy tool with a light) to examine your pet’s ears and make sure there is not a foreign body such as a grass seed contributing to the problem.
A sample must be taken and stained with special chemicals to identify the type of bacteria or yeast under a microscope. This enables us to prescribe the correct medication for your pet and gives the ear the opportunity to heal as quickly as possible.
The good news is, we have lots of very effective medications available as well as some treatments that can help prevent recurrent ear infections – just ask us for more information.
If you think your pet might have itchy or smelly ears arrange a check up with us ASAP. The longer you leave an ear infection, the more painful the ear becomes and the harder (and more expensive) it becomes to treat.