What are ear infections?
Ear infections are a growth of bacteria or yeast most commonly with an underlying cause such as allergies.
Infections will generally affect the outer ear canal, this is called otitis externa. The infection can spread to the middle (otitis media) and inner ear (otitis interna).
What are the signs to watch out for?
- Head shaking and tilting
- Pawing/scratching at their ear or rubbing their face on the ground
- Discharge from the ear
- A ‘yeasty’ odour
- Red, inflamed ear
- Whining due to pain and irritation
- Aural haematoma – a swollen blood blister caused by too much head shaking
In severe cases, untreated ear infections can lead to deafness, loss of balance and facial paralysis.
If you think your pet may be suffering from an ear infection, give the surgery a call on 01435 864422 or book an appointment online.