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Ear infections are a common and often painful condition in both dogs and cats. If untreated ear infections can progress to a more serious condition causing hearing loss and other internal organ problems. It is important to identify an ear infection early and consult your veterinarian so your pet can receive appropriate treatment as soon as possible to prevent the condition progressing.
There are many causes and reasons why dogs get ear infections. Dogs that are prone to skin allergies or have floppy ears like Cocker Spaniels and Poodles are more prone to ear infection as are dogs that spend a lot of time swimming or in a moist environment
Common signs of ear infection include:
If you notice any of these signs in your dog it is time to make an appointment with your veterinarian.
It is recommended if possible to withhold food from your pet on the day of your consultation in case sedation is required to make examination of painful ears more comfortable. At your appointment the vet will:
Sometimes the ear infection can make this procedure painful and your pet may need to be sedated so the procedure can be performed thoroughly and painlessly.
Often treatments for ear infections include a combination of oral tablets and ear medication cleaners. All home care instructions will be clearly explained at your appointment. If you have any problems understanding or giving home care treatments please call Vet Cross at your earliest convenience.
At your follow up appointment your vet will re-examine your dog’s ears with the otoscope to determine the success of the treatment. If needed treatments will be changed or modified at this appointment. Once the infection has cleared your vet will advise you as to how you can help prevent your pet from re-infection.
Some pets regardless of all the best treatments continue to have problems, the best way to minimise suffering and improve results is to seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.
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