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Ear Care

Clean, odour-free, pale pink colour and a minimal accumulation of wax are indications of healthy ears. Check your pet’s 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 Videos


    Clean your dog’s ears
    Clean your cat’s 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 looks 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.

    The ear cleaning solution used on an appropriate basis can help maintain your pet’s ears healthy.

    How-To Videos:

    Administering ear drops/ointment for your dog
    Administering ear drops/ointment for your cat

  • Last updated: September 20, 2021.

    Dear Clients,

    Due to the current changes coming from Alberta Health, we have gone back to a limited capacity policy as of Monday, September 20th, 2021.

    This means that we are allowing one client to come in for their pet’s appointment, provided that they are properly masked the entire time when inside of the clinic.

    When you arrive for your appointment please call us at 403 982 8387 from the parking lot.

    We are making these changes for the safety of you and our staff, and we appreciate your business and patience during this time.

    To help limit exposure and to keep our clients and team members safe, we urge you to check out our new online store at https://www.myvetstore.ca/elizabethstreetpet for food purchases.

    If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call us at 403 982 8387 or email us at reception@elizabethstreetvet.com.

    We are making these changes for the safety of you and our staff. We appreciate your business and patience during this time.

    Thank you,

    Elizabeth Street Pet Hospital