Ear infections are common in cats and dogs and most pets will suffer this painful condition at some time in their lives. Rubbing and scratching at the ear is typically the first sign of an ear infection in pets. Infections in a dog’s ears are generally yeast (Malassezia) and bacterial (Pseudo monas and staphylococci). Dogs with hypothyroidism may develop staph ear infections. Less common are dogs that have bacterial ear infections caused by streptococci and E. Coli.
Cats’ ears are most commonly infected by yeast and don’t typically suffer from bacterial infections. Cats with a middle ear infection may occasionally have a bacterial ear infection, but it isn’t clear whether it was initially caused by bacteria.
If you suspect one of your pets has an ear infection, it is important to take them to your veterinarian in Bossier City as soon as possible.
Symptoms of Ear Infections in Pets
If you suspect your pet has an ear infection, you may notice his ear is red and swollen or has a yeasty smell. There may also be an excessive buildup of wax. If your pet is scratching his ears and shaking his head more than usual, it’s a good sign you should take him to a veterinarian. Over time, as the infection moves from the outer ear into the inner ear, your pet may become deaf. If the nerves in the inner ear are affected, you may notice your pet getting dizzy, walking in circles, or exhibiting unusual eye movements.
How Can a Veterinarian in Bossier City Help?
Ear infections in dogs and cats are diagnosed by a veterinarian using an otoscope to look deep in your pet’s ear canal. In most situations, the skin inside of your pets’ ears turns deep red if they are fighting an infection. The type of discharge that is deep inside the ear can also be seen and the vet will remove some of it to send to a lab to identify the specific bacteria or yeast causing the infection. Distinguishing whether your pet has an outer, middle, or inner ear infection helps the vet choose the most effective treatment. Treatment for your pet’s ear infection may include oral antibiotics and/or topical antibiotics.
If you suspect your dog or cat may have an ear infection, schedule an appointment with Viking Drive Veterinary Hospital for an exam as soon as possible to avoid the risk of the infection worsening.