St. Louis Veterinary Center Treats Pet Ear Infections
Both cats and dogs can develop ear infections that cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. These infections can sometimes recur, depending on a number of factors. At St. Louis Veterinary Center in St. Louis, MO, we provide effective treatment for pet ear infections.
Symptoms of Ear Infections
Head shaking, difficulty chewing, pawing at the ears, and impairment of normal balance are the most common signs your pet may be dealing with an ear infection. In addition, you may notice an odor coming from your pet’s ears, the oozing of fluid, redness, and scaling of ear tissues. The animals may scratch at the ears constantly or vocalize in discomfort when their ears are touched.
What Causes Ear Infections?
Otitis media is a problem in the middle ear, while otitis interna is an inflammation of the inner ear. Long-eared breeds of dog are often susceptible to these infections, because of the poor circulation of air into the ear canal. Bacteria, viruses, fungus, mites, allergies, and injury to the ear can set the stage for infection. Some animals with metabolic disorders may be prone to ear infections. Excessive wax or foreign bodies stuck in the ear can also cause infection.
Treatment of Ear Infections
Your St. Louis vet will carefully examine the ear canal using an otoscope to determine the cause and extent of the problem. If the ears are very sensitive, the animal may require sedation for thorough investigation. A sample of matter inside the ear may be taken to look at under a microscope. Antibiotic drops or oral antibiotics are generally provided to eliminate the infection. In some cases, steroid medications or pain relievers are also prescribed. Common infections can take up to 30 days to completely eliminate. However, some animals have recurring infections that may require additional treatment. Your vet in St. Louis will provide advice and instructions on the best ways to keep your pet’s ears clean and healthy.
Make St. Louis Veterinary Center Your Veterinarian in St. Louis, MO
The veterinarians and staff at St. Louis Veterinary Center love animals as much as you do. That’s why we work hard to provide the highest quality care for all our patients in St. Louis and nearby communities. We offer a broad range of services, including wellness exams, vaccinations, preventative care, dental care, diagnostics, surgery and boarding. Call St. Louis Veterinary Center today at (314) 773-6400 for an appointment to have your pet examined and learn about options for the treatment of pet ear infections.