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An ear infection is the result of a microorganism and microscopic parasites invading and successfully colonizing one or more canals of the ear. Bacteria, yeast and ear mite infections are the most common types. Many conditions can make a pet predisposed to ear infections including allergies, hypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease, autoimmune condition, genetical deformity, growth or tumors, trauma, ruptured ear drum etc. Foreign bodies or trapped moisture from swimming or bathing can also increase the risk of ear infections.
An ear problem is caused by:
It is a good idea to check your pet’s ears regularly to catch any signs of infection. Watch your pet’s behavior for frequent head shaking or rubbing ears with paws or on objects. Observe the ear for any redness, sensitivity or odor. Note any buildup of debris inside the ear. Dark brown or black colored debris is a sign of infection; this may look like dirt but it is not.
Remember that the sooner an ear infection gets proper medical attention the more easily it can be treated with less suffering to the pet.
In some cases there are no obvious symptoms at all but here are some symptoms to look for:
Other problems can be deeper down into the ear canals and would require a thorough exam by your veterinarian. If left untreated, these problems can cause chronic pain and infection leading to more obvious symptoms.
Conditions We Treat
These are some of the many types of pet ear problems we treat.
Click on the pet ear conditions listed below to view photos, videos, and learn more about each condition.
This is a Healthy Pet Ear for comparison.
Infected middle ear
Mass / Growth / Tumor
|Obstructed ear canal
Ruptured ear drum