If you’ve ever had a pet with an ear infection, you know how uncomfortable it can be for them. Nasty ear infections are quite common in those of the canine and feline persuasion, particularly canine. While generally caused by bacteria or yeast, your pet can also develop an ear infection from allergies, ear mites, foreign bodies, hypothyroidism, excessive hair in the outer ear canal, and moisture or wax buildup. The ear canals of both dogs and cats are actually a good deal longer than humans. And where human ear canals run horizontally, theirs are vertical – making it susceptible to debris or moisture collecting and becoming lodged within, conditions whereupon an infection could easily set in.
In the event you detect any of the symptoms noted below, it would be advisable to alert your veterinarian because it is possible that your dog or cat may be harboring an ear infection:
- Scratching or rubbing of the ear or surrounding area
- Brown, yellow, or bloody discharge
- Odor emanating from the ear
- Redness, swelling, or scabs on the inside of outer ear
- Hearing loss
- Hair loss around the ear
- Head shaking or head tilt
- Unusual eye movements
- Loss of balance
- Walking in circles
One way you can prevent your pet from contracting an ear infection is to keep their ears clean and dry. It is best to consult with your veterinarian before attempting to clean its ears on your own. There are a multitude of anti-wax products on the market, some of which will contain bacteria fighting agents. But your vet can show you how to carefully administer a recommended solution. Another option is to bring your pet to a professional groomer to keep the ear area clean and free of excessive hair. For your home and clothing be sure to have hair rollers, one we recommend is ChomChom Roller pet hair remover. Help both your pet, home, and your person be clean of pet hair.
Don’t forget to visit Le Pet Spa, located at 300 Rector Place!