It’s something we see all year round but with the recent humidity and hot weather we’ve had an influx of patients suffering from ear infections. Although more common in dogs, it is also possible for cats to have ear infections.
Ear infections can occur in the inner, middle or outer ear of animals. Both dogs and cats ear canals are a long ‘L’ shape that increases their susceptibility to a build-up of debris, moisture or foreign materials.
Common signs of an ear infection include:
- Red/inflamed ears
- Swelling around the ear
- black, brown or yellow build up or discharge
- head shaking or constant ear scratching
- head tilt
- whimpering and crying
- loss of balance
Common causes of ear infections include:
- trapped moisture
- foreign objects (grass seeds, lose hair, etc)
- ear mites
- polyps or growths
To diagnose an ear infection, a veterinarian is required to check that the animals ear drum is intact and take a swab of the animals’ ear canal. They then transfer that sample to a microscope slide, which undergoes a staining process and is looked at under a microscope; thus, determining the cause of the infection. It is important to ensure the correct infection is diagnosed and that the ear drum is intact before treating, ear infections treated incorrectly or left untreated can cause sever discomfort and lead to more complicated health problems.
If your pet is prone to ear issues, speak to one of our team members or Dr. Rex the Rottweiler on (07) 3200 6045 about the best way to avoid them!