Ear infections in pets are some of the most common ailments we see at our animal hospital. Our veterinarian at Van Loon Animal Hospital in Holmen has the years of knowledge and experience needed to effectively diagnose and treat pet ear infections. Most ear infections are treatable as long as it is detected early on. That’s why it’s essential to understand what causes pet ear infections to prevent them from occurring and know when your pet needs its ears examined.

Bacteria and Yeast

Healthy ears are able to push out dirt and water. However, sometimes things can be trapped inside the ear and cause the growth of bacteria or yeast. Dogs with all of their inner ear hair plucked out or that have long ears that hug the head, like those of a Bassett Hound, are more prone to this type of ear infection. Also, pets prone to allergies can easily suffer from this kind of ear infection.

Ear Mites

Ear mites are highly contagious to all pets. Pets get them when they have been in contact with another pet infected with mites. Mites are nearly impossible to prevent but are relatively easy to treat.

Object in Ear

Dogs and cats sometimes get tiny objects stuck in their ears. The most common culprits are grass seeds, foxtails, and the ends of cotton swabs that owners use to clean the pet’s ears at home. Never try to remove it from your pet’s ears yourself. It’s essential for a professional veterinarian to remove the object to prevent further damage or discomfort in the pet’s ear.

Signs of an Ear Infection

Pets with ear infections will often experience symptoms like red, inflamed, or bloody ears. Ear discharge will be dark and thick. The pet may constantly scratch or rub its ears on the floor. If the infection is in one ear, the pet will often hold its head at an odd angle. Ear infections are painful for pets, so be aware that your pet may be irritated or not act like itself when suffering from an ear infection.

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If your pet shows signs of an ear infection, contact our team at Van Loon Animal Hospital today. Our veterinarian is dedicated to providing pets the care they need to live long and healthy lives with their owners. We can provide treatment for your pet’s ear infection and ensure that it does not reoccur in the future. Call us at (608) 526-2200 to schedule your pet’s next exam or to learn more about the various veterinary services we offer.

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