Written by Dr Laura Coughran, BVSc
Does your pet scratch their ears or shake their head more often than normal?
Dogs and cats can sometimes get an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast in their ears, which makes their ears itchy and sore. If left untreated, these infections can become quite severe, causing significant discomfort and can cause permanent damage.
This is why it is important that you make an appointment and bring your pet in to be checked if you notice they are scratching, shaking their head, increased discharge in the ears, or an unusual smell.
Our veterinarians will look down their ears and take a sample to check what type of infection may be present. This then allows the treating practionioner to choose the best ear drops for your pet.
A recheck appointment is usually required about two weeks after the start of the treatment – this is very important, because it allows the veterinarian to ensure the infection is 100% gone.
Some pets are more prone to ear infections than others- your veterinarian can show you some methods to reduce the occurrence of infections.
Can you see the purple peanut or round shaped objects in this image? In this image you can see lots of Malassezia, which is a type of yeast that commonly causes ear infections in dogs.