Ear Infection Treatment with our Goleta Veterinarians
Ear infections in pets are more common than you might realize, afflicting 1 out of every 5 dogs and 1 out of every 15 cats seen in veterinary clinics. These painful diseases can be caused by a variety of pests, parasites, and microscopic intruders -- and if left untreated, they can lead to ruptured eardrums and deafness. If your pet is showing signs of an ear infection, bring them to La Concepcion Animal Hospital for prompt diagnosis and effective treatment.
Types, Causes, and Symptoms of Ear Infections
Ear infections, or otisis, in animals can occur in the outer ear canal (otitis external), the middle ear (otitis media), or even the inner ear (otitis interna). Many cases of otitis external can spread to the middle ear if they're not treated promptly and effectively. Common causes of these infections include:
- Parasites, most notably ear mites
- Yeast overgrowth
- Water in the ear
- Allergens, dirt, wax, or foreign bodies in the ear
- Immune system problems that increase the risk of infection in general
- Thick hair, tumors, or other growths that can clog the ears
A pet with an ear infection may shake his head, hold his head at an angle scratch or rub the affected ear, exhibit ear odor/discharge, or display obvious pain symptoms. Your pet may also seem to be having balance or hearing problems. Severe otitis internal can cause nausea and vomiting.
Treatment From Our Santa Barbara Veterinary Team
Our Santa Barbara veterinary team can discover the cause of your pet's suffering and provide the care he needs. Ear pain, discharge, and other symptoms may be due to conditions other than infections, so we may analyze a sample of any discharge or other debris in your pet's ear to identify yeast, bacteria, mites allergens, or other irritants. A careful cleansing of the ear is a necessary first step for ridding the ear of foreign substances and parasites. Antibiotics usually do a good job of clearing up bacterial infections, while anti-fungal medications can nullify yeast. Corticosteroids may be administered to reduce acute pain and swelling. Severe inner ear infections may require surgical drainage and treatment for nausea or dehydration.
Once your pet's ears are well, we want to keep them well. Our team can prescribe pest preventatives that keep mites at bay, along with home care practices and regular checkups to keep those ears clean and healthy.
Get Care for your Pet's Ears from our Goleta Veterinarians
We care about your pet's ears just as much as you do -- so when trouble strikes, don't hesitate to come see us. Call 805-685-4513 for an appointment at La Concepcion Animal Hospital!