Ear infections can cause uncomfortable symptoms in your pet and prevent him or her from being active. Not only that, but if the infections are left unread, they can spread and lead to further complications. At Middle Plantation Animal Hospital in Williamsburg, VA, we offer treatments to alleviate any discomfort and improve your pet’s overall health.
Ear infections can occur in cats and dogs. However, they are more common in dogs, especially breeds with long or floppy ears that interfere with ventilation. As a result, bacteria can accumulate within the moisture in the ears and lead to an infection.
An ear infection causes inflammation in the pet's ear canal. The cause of inflammation is usually due to bacteria that affect the ear canal. Since the inner ear middle ear are affected, it can lead to serious issues like deadness, dizziness, loss of balance, and facial paralysis. Factors that contribute to ear infections include ear mites, an ear injury, autoimmune diseases, and structural issues.
If you notice a redness around the ear flap or in the ear canal, these symptoms can include an infection. Some additional symptoms you may observe include:
- • Itching and scratching
- • Constant whining when scratching the ears
- • Head shaking
- • Scabs or scaly skin
- • Dark-colored discharge
- • Swelling
- • Odor emanating from the ears
Treatment for Ear Infections in Pets
When you visit us, our vet will check the ear canal for an infection or an ear mite infestation. If we confirm that your pet has an infection, we will clean the ears with a medicated cleanser. Not only that, but if the infection is causing your cat or dog intense pain, oral medication may also be prescribed. In some cases, surgery may be recommended as well.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
If your pet has an ear infection that is causing discomfort, our team at Middle Plantation Animal Hospital in Williamsburg, VA, can help. To learn more about the treatments that we provide or to schedule your appointment, contact our office at (757) 345-6566 today. When you need a veterinarian near me, we are ready to assist!