ear infections faqs

Both dogs and cats may suffer from ear infections that can be painful and affect their hearing. Some pets may have recurring ear infections. These problems can be managed with medication from the vet. At North Yonge Veterinary Hospital in Newmarket, ON, we provide effective treatment for pet ear infections.

What are the signs and symptoms of pet ear infections? 

Every pet displays ear infections differently, based on the breed and severity of the infection. Common signs of pet ear infections may include swollen, crusty or scabby ear, smelly ear, and bloody or yellowish ear discharge. Additionally, if your pet constantly scratches at their ears, shakes their head too much, walks in circles, or has poor balance, they may be suffering from an ear infection. 

Can you prevent pet ear infections? 

Keeping your pet healthy will reduce your pet’s chances of developing an ear infection. Routine pet exams at an animal hospital can help look over the pet’s health and, if needed, clean the ears, preventing an ear infection. A veterinarian may also suggest using a cleaning solution created for use in your pet’s ears. 

What causes pet ear infections? 

Common causes of pet ear infections include ear mites, fungus, bacteria, foreign objects stuck in the ear canal, and trauma. In addition, some dog breeds experience more ear infections and require additional care and treatment. 

How do I treat my pet’s ear infection? 

The best treatment for your pet’s ear infection is to visit an animal hospital and see a veterinarian. The vet will clean your pet’s ear and, if needed, give a prescription to help with the infection and treat the pain. The veterinarian may also suggest at-home care tips to help treat your pet’s ear infection. 

Visit North Yonge Veterinary Hospital in Newmarket, ON Today

If your pet shows symptoms of an ear infection, take them to an animal hospital for an exam. At the North Yonge Veterinary Hospital in Newmarket, ON, veterinarians are dedicated to helping keep our pets happy and healthy. So call our office today to have your pet’s ear infection treated.