Pet Ear Care

Treating Ear Infections with Pet Ear Care

Due to the shape of the ear canal, animals are more susceptible to ear infections. Pet ear infections can be very painful, and without treatment, they can develop into severe complications, such as hearing loss, inflammation in the inner ear, or vestibular disease. Fortunately, we have the resources that can help you recognize the signs of pet ear infections before they can become severe. We encourage you to bring your pet here at Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center in Laguna Niguel, CA, whenever he or she is showing signs of an ear infection. Let’s take a closer look at ear infections and how we can treat them with the right treatments.

Common Causes of Ear Infections

In dogs, their ear canal is formed into an L-shape, which tends to retain fluid. Because of this, they can experience bacterial and yeast infections. Cats tend to suffer from yeast infections than bacterial. Other causes of ear infections include foreign bodies, ear canal injuries, allergies, mites, and excessive cleaning of the ears.

Symptoms of Ear Infections

Below are a few ear infection symptoms that you will need to take note of if they are happening to your pet:

  • A foul odor coming from your pet’s ears
  • Constantly shaking his or her head or pawing at the ear
  • Will whine whenever you touch your animal’s ear
  • A yellow, brown, or bloody discharge that seeps from the ear
  • Itchiness or swelling in the ear canal
  • Hair loss around the ear

How to Treat Ear Infections

Your veterinarian will first clean the ear of your furry animal with a cleanser. Once we cleaned the ear properly, we will provide you with the appropriate treatment for your pet. One of the most common prescriptions for ear infections is a topical medication that helps fight off bacterial infections. Your cat or dog may also receive some form of steroids to stop inflammation in the ear. We will even provide you with tips in preventing future pet ear infections.

Your Veterinarian in Laguna Niguel is Here to Help

Ear infections can happen at almost any time of the year. Fortunately, our veterinarian and her team at Alicia Pacific Veterinary Center in Laguna Niguel are ready for any occasion and have the pet ear care treatments available to help your animal should he or she develops an ear infection. Give us a call at 949-388-8499 to schedule an appointment today.