How Our Watertown Veterinarians Can Help with Ear Infections in Pets
Is your pet shaking his head, scratching his ears, or otherwise acting uncomfortable? If so, he may have an ear infection. Without treatment, this condition can get a whole lot worse, leaving your pet in immense pain. Thankfully, our veterinarian at Watertown Animal Hospital, PC in Connecticut, can diagnose and treat ear infections in pets in just one visit.
Signs of Ear Infections
Ear infections do not always show obvious symptoms, but when they do, it becomes quite clear there is a problem.
Common signs include:
- Smelly ears
- Discharge from the canals
- Head shaking
- Scratching around the ears
As the infection worsens, pain and swelling may start to occur. Pets may show they are in pain by whining and yowling or simply failing to engage in their normal activities, including eating. They may also just lie down or even hide away from the family as the pain levels rise.
In dogs and cats, the ear canal sits at a near vertical incline and holds fluid inside quite easily. If infectious material, such as yeast or bacteria, grows in that fluid, it will quickly spread to the tissues inside the ears.
For that reason, pets are quite susceptible to developing ear infections, although there are some factors that further increase their risk, such as:
- Autoimmune conditions
- A buildup of wax in the ear canals
- Skin and food allergies
- Poor thyroid function
Our veterinarians will keep those complicating factors in mind while assessing your pet for ear infections.
Diagnostic Tests and Treatment
With just a quick look in the ears and an overview of your pet’s symptoms, our vet can determine if an infection is causing your animal discomfort. If it is, we will see if the infection has spread to the middle or inner ear or if it is still in the outer canal. When it looks like the infection has spread, we may use additional diagnostic tests to assess its severity. The tests might include:
- Taking culture samples and sending them to the lab
- Examining microscopic samples under a microscope
- Performing a biopsy of the infected tissues for lab analysis
Using information from the exam and diagnostic tests, we can find the best treatment. We may send you home with an ear cleaner and topical medication to apply once or more a day. Plus, prescribe antibiotics and anti-inflammatories for your pet to take orally as directed.
When to Visit Our Watertown Veterinarians
Anytime your pet appears to be in pain or have the slightest ear discomfort, it is best to schedule a visit with our vets in Connecticut. To find an ideal time to come in, simply call 860-274-2212 to reach our team at Watertown Animal Hospital, PC.