One of the most common illnesses we see here at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton is ear infections. Fortunately, the majority of ear infections are easy to treat with the assistance of a professional veterinarian. Let's take a closer look at this common disorder that affects mostly in dogs, but can also afflict by cats.
What Causes an Ear Infection?
Ear infections are typically viral, fungal, or a combination of both. They most often affect dogs that have floppy-type ears. The ears of these breeds hold in moisture, creating the perfect place for infection to grow. A quick swab by our veterinarians can give a clue as to what type of infection your pet has.
What Are the Signs My Pet Has an Ear Infection?
Your pet will exhibit certain signs, such as the following:
- Likely shake its head frequently
- Paw at its ears
- Have sores around the ears due to excess scratching
- The interior of the ears may appear redder than normal
- See a yellow or brownish discharge coming out of the ears
- The ears emitting a foul smell
How Are Ear Infections Treated?
Our veterinarians will gently clean your pet’s ears, and then prescribe a cleaner and medication for you to apply at home. If there is inflammation in the ears or is result of a bacterial infection, we will prescribe oral antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicine.
Will I Need to Apply Ear Drops at Home?
This depends on how severe the infection is and what kind of medication our veterinarians recommend. If you need to administer ear drops for your animal, we will gladly show you how to apply it.
Will the Infection Come Back?
In most cases, ear infections will clear up without any problems. For some pets, however, ear infections can become chronic, especially if they have allergies. In these cases, you may need to keep watch for recurring infections, so you can stop them from damaging the ears of your animal.
Where Can I Find Quality Treatment for My Pet?
If your pet is showing signs of an ear infection, contact our staff here at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton. Our veterinarians and staff can diagnose and treat your pet’s ear infection and get it back to health in no time. Call (770) 479-1905 or email us on our website to make an appointment today.