Treating Ear Infections for Germantown Pets
If you or your children have ever suffered the agonies of an ear infection, then you know just how terrible this problem can be. Your dog or cat can fall prey to the same pain, hearing loss, and other symptoms, so it's good to know where to turn for help, and how to reduce the odds of future ear infections. Our Germantown veterinarian at Forest Hill Animal Hospital can help you give your pet the healthy ears and comfortable life he needs and deserves.
Causes and Symptoms of Ear Infections
Some animals are more vulnerable to ear infections than others. The open arrangement of many breeds' ears presents an obvious entrance for microorganisms. Long, floppy ears that cover the ear canal may also trap moisture, creating an incubator for fungi or bacteria. Yeast infections and bacterial infections are common in dogs, while cats' ears are more frequently plagued by mites.
Ear infections may develop in the outer part of the ear (a condition called otitis externa), or they may progress to the inner ear (otitis interna). Both kinds of infections can cause significant pain. Outer ear infections also tend to cause swelling and hair loss on the ear flap. You may notice a discharge and a foul smell coming from the affected ear. Inner ear infections can cause dizziness and pressure in the eardrum. Severe cases may lead to rupture of the ear drum and some degree of permanent hearing loss.
It's helpful to recognize the signs of ear infection in progress. Pets suffering from outer ear infections may tilt their heads to one side, paw at their ear flap, or resist being touched on the head. Pets with inner ear infections may not hear commands or even display signs of facial paralysis.
Prompt, Soothing Care and Preventative Tips from Our Veterinarian
Bring your pets to Forest Hill Animal Hospital if you suspect they’re suffering from an ear infection. Any veterinarian on our four-practitioner team can examine your pets’ ears all the way back toward the eardrum for signs of redness, swelling, discharge, or debris. Treatment methods will depend in part on the exact cause of the infection. Antibiotics, for instance, will help resolve a bacterial infection, while anti-fungal drugs will be prescribed for a yeast infection. We can also advise you on the best practices for keeping your pets’ ears dry and clean.
Call Forest Hill Animal Hospital
Don't let your pet struggle with painful and potentially damaging ear infections. Call our Germantown veterinary clinic today at 901-754-5007 to schedule any necessary care!