Ear Infections

If you think your pet may have an ear infection, it is important to take him to see our veterinarians at Ina Road Animal Hospital in Tucson, AZ. Ear infections are one of the most common ailments that affect cats, dogs, and other pets and they can cause great discomfort. If left untreated, they can also lead to more serious health problems.

Ear Infections

Pet Ear Infection Symptoms

There are a few different symptoms that can indicate your pet has an ear infection. If you notice any of the following, please take him to a veterinarian:

  • Shaking his head or holding it to one side
  • Scratching at his ears
  • Rubbing his ears on furniture or the ground
  • Excessive ear wax
  • Red, inflamed, or painful-looking ears
  • A bad odor coming from his ears
  • Hearing loss

Common Pet Ear Infections

There are three main types of ear infections that can affect pets:

    • Otitis externa

    • Otitis media

    • Otitis internal

Common Causes of Ear Infections in Pets

Several things can cause ear infections in pets. Allergies are a common trigger, as they can lead to inflammation and irritation in the ears. Ear mites are also a frequent cause, particularly in cats. Other possible causes include foreign bodies in the ear, such as grass seeds, tumors, polyps, and diabetes.

Treating Ear Infections in Pets

The treatment for pet ear infections will depend on the underlying cause. The most common courses of treatment include:

Anti-Inflammatory Medications

At times, you can treat ear infections with anti-inflammatory medications, such as corticosteroids. These can help reduce the inflammation and pain associated with the infection.

Antibiotics

If the ear infection is caused by bacteria, your veterinarian will prescribe antibiotics. You typically give them these for 10-14 days.

Antifungal Medications

If the ear infection is caused by a fungus, such as yeast, your veterinarian will prescribe antifungal medications for 14-21 days.

Ear Cleaners

Your veterinarian may also recommend using an ear cleaner to remove any wax or debris from your pet's ears. You can purchase ear cleaners at most pet stores or online.

Contact Our Veterinarians to Schedule an Appointment

If you think your pet has an ear infection, don't hesitate to contact our veterinarians at Ina Road Animal Hospital in Tucson, AZ. Call our team today at (520) 544-7700 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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