Ear Care

 

Clean, odour-free, pale pink colour and a minimal accumulation of wax are indications of healthy ears. Check your pets ears regularly.


Signs of Ear Disease
 

  • Unpleasant odour

  • Excessive scratching and pawing of the ear and head

  • Sensitivity to touch, often resulting in pain

  • Constant tilting/shaking of the head to one side

  • Black or yellowish discharge

  • Redness or swelling of the ear flap or canal

  • Changes in behaviour like listlessness, depression or irritability

  • Accumulation of dark brown wax

  • Loss of balance or hearing and disorientation

  • Bleeding or discharge resembling coffee grinds

How to Clean Ears

 

Causes of Ear Disease

 

Otitis Externa infection of the external ear canal and Otitis Media, infection of the middle ear, are usually caused by ear mites, bacteria or yeast. Other possibilities include injury, debris or a foreign object lodged in the ear canal. When seeking treatment, act quickly. If your cat has an ear infection, he will be in considerable discomfort. Antibiotics are used for bacterial infections while antifungals are administered for yeast. Your veterinarian will determine this during your visit and suggest the best course of action.

 

Ear Mites are common parasites that are highly contagious, often contracted from pet to pet. Excessive itching is the most common sign. Ear mites create dark, crumbly debris that look like coffee grinds.

 

Hematoma of the Ear Flap means blood has accumulated in the ear flap (pinna). Vigorous head shaking, scratching or trauma to the ear area result in damage to the blood vessels, often set off by infection, mites, fleas or debris.

 

Deafness, usually brought on by age, trauma, loud noise or infection, can also be hereditary or congenital. Unfortunately, once diagnosed with clinical deafness, it is a lifelong condition.

 
Ear cleaning solution used on an appropriate basis can be helpful in maintaining your pet's ears healthy.
How to Administer Ear Drops/Ointment

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