Hamilton Road Animal Hospital Offers Treatment For Pet Ear Infections
Ear infections are a common problem in both cats and dogs. Some animals are troubled by recurring infections. If not treated, these infections can become severe, causing discomfort and difficulty hearing. At Hamilton Road Animal Hospital in Columbus, OH, we offer effective treatments for common ear infections in pets.
Symptoms of Ear Infection
Some animals will display no symptoms when they have an ear infection, which may be minor or non-recurring. Other animals will show clear signs of discomfort, pawing at the ears, scratching at them, leaning the head to one side or shaking the head. The ears may be crusty or emit a bad odor. There may be a wet sound when the ears are massaged, or the animal may dislike having the ears touched. In severe cases, the animal may be reluctant to chew or may show neurological signs of a problem, such as an inability to blink or facial paralysis.
Causes of Ear Infections in Pets
Ear infections can be a result of bacterial or yeast infections, a parasite called a “mite,” foreign bodies blown into the ear or from injury to the ear interior that has developed an abscess. Growths within the ear canal can also be a cause of infection. Allergies can also lead to chronic ear infections.
Veterinary Treatments For Ear Infections
Your Columbus veterinarian will examine your pet’s ears with a special instrument that can view deep into the canal. The vet may also take a sample of fluid within the ear to examine under a microscope. Blood tests or MRI tests can also provide information about the source of the infections. Once the problem is identified, the vet will prescribe ointment drops or a cream to insert into the ear to eliminate the infection. Oral antibiotics may also be prescribed to treat the infection. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to prevent recurring problems.
Make Hamilton Road Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Columbus, OH
Dr. Turley and the staff at Hamilton Road Animal Hospital are committed to individualized care for all their patients in Columbus, OH, and surrounding areas. We offer a full range of veterinary services, including vaccinations, examinations, preventive care, dental care, sick animal care, surgery, and senior animal care. Call Hamilton Road Animal Hospital today at 614-239-0027 for an appointment to learn more about effective treatment for your pet’s ear infections.