Ear Infections 101: Things You Should Know
Just like humans, animals can get ear infections. The primary difference is that your pets do not have the ability to communicate what they are feeling to us. You have to be mindful as a pet parent to notice the symptoms of an infection so your beloved animals can get the proper treatment from a veterinarian at Van Loon Animal Hospital in Holmen. Here is a look at some of the symptoms of an ear infection in pets.
Constantly Shaking the Head
Ear infections can make your pets feel like they have water or something else in their ears. Therefore, you will probably catch your animals shake their head or whining periodically if they have an ear infection. An ear infection in only one ear can cause your furry pets to tilt the head at an awkward angle or hold their head in an angled position for long periods.
Pawing at the Ears and Head
Pawing at the head or ears is perhaps the first thing most pet owners notice when their furry companions have an infection in the ear. Pawing at the ears and head is just your animals' way of trying to do something to find some relief. Pets will also often scratch at the ears in an incessant way, sometimes even to a point that their claws will leave their ears irritated, red, or inflamed.
Discharge from the Ears
If you see signs of discharge in your pets’ ear, it could mean that they have an ear infection and need to see a veterinarian. The discharge may be yellowish, green, or brown in color or may even be tinged with a bit of blood. You may also notice that the discharge smells bad or that your animals smell bad in general. It is okay to gently wipe away this discharge with a clean cotton ball if your pets will allow you to do so.
Contact a Holmen Veterinarian for Pet Ear Infections
Ear infections are uncomfortable for your pets, and they can lead to hearing problems. Do not delay to seek treatment if you suspect your furry friends have an ear infection. Reach out to Van Loon Animal Hospital in Holmen at (608) 526-2200 to schedule an appointment. Our vet will examine your pets’ ears, clean the ear canal with a solution, and provide an antibiotic, anti-yeast, or anti-inflammatory medication for relief.