This month we are targeting ear health in our pets. As the weather warms up we often see flare-ups of symptoms such as redness, itchiness, swelling, excessive wax build up, as well as ear mite infestation and even foreign bodies such as grass seeds lodged in the ear canal.
Inflammation of the outer ear is known as otitis externa. Sometimes otitis externa in dogs is caused by allergies. In other cases, otitis externa can be the result of bacteria and/or yeast infections or overgrowth. Ear mites, excessive hair, trapped water or a foreign body inside the ear can all influence how likely a pet is to get otitis externa. Frequent bathing, swimming and incorrect cleaning methods can also contribute to the infection.
The signs to look for include:
- Foul-smelling ears
- Ear scratching and/or head shaking
- Discharge from the ear
- Crusted or scabby skin under the ear flap
- Swelling or redness around the ear
- Reluctance to have head touched
If your pet is prone to ear problems come and see how we can help. We are offering 15% off targeted treatments as well as 15% off laboratory tests to diagnose the problem. If you find it difficult to apply ear drops to your pet, please talk to us as new treatment options are available that avoid the need to apply medications at home.