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Pet Ear Infections

Town & Country Animal Hospital Treats Pet Ear Infections

Ear infections can be a troublesome problem that causes pain and hearing loss. Some pets seem to be prone to frequent ear infections, which require careful investigation into the problem. At Town & Country Animal Hospital in Ocala, FL, we provide treatment of common pet ear infections.

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Symptoms of Pet Ear Infection

You may begin to suspect an ear infection when you notice your pet shaking his head frequently. Constant scratching at the ears is another symptom of possible ear infection. The affected ear may feel warm to the touch. The animal may dislike having the ears or head touched. There may be visible scabs or redness in the ears. You may notice an unpleasant odor coming from the ears.

Causes of Ear Infections

Dogs that have long, floppy ears offer the perfect environment for bacteria to grow in the ear canal. The dark, moist conditions can favor the growth of bacteria and fungus in the ear. Injuries or obstructions in the ear can lead to an infection. Allergies can produce inflammation and fluid in the ear that promote infections. Sometimes, underlying health problems, such as Cushing’s disease, can lead to frequent ear infections. Cats get ear infections less often than dogs, but they may experience excessive hair growth in the ear canal, foreign bodies in the ear, ear mites or wax buildup.

Treating Ear Infections

The vet may take a sample of matter in the ears to examine it under a microscope to identify the infectious agent. Blood tests may also be needed to detect an underlying health problem. Antibiotics drops or ointments may be prescribed to eliminate the infection. If allergies are suspected, the vet may order testing to find the allergen, which can then be eliminated from the environment or from the diet. Finding the offending substance can go a long way to eliminating chronic ear problems. 

Make Town & Country Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Ocala

The veterinarians and staff at Town & Country Animal Hospital use their many years of experience in veterinary care to ensure the health of their patients in Ocala, FL, and surrounding communities. We offer a broad range of pet care services, including puppy and kitten care, senior animal care, preventative care, surgery, diagnostics, pharmacy services, and boarding. Call Town & Country Animal Hospital today at 352-840-7020 for an appointment to have your pet examined and to learn about effective treatments to help your pet’s ear infections.