Did you wake up in the middle of the night to hear your pet scratching its ear, shaking its head, having restlessness, hyperirritability, and pain?
These are the usual signs that your dog or cat may be suffering from an ear problem.
CAUSES OF COMMON EAR PROBLEMS
WHY YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR PET TO THE VET
Your vet will perform a physical exam and examine your pet’s ear swab under the microscope. The swab may help identify bacteria, fungus, or parasitic insects that damage your pet’s ears.
You may also need to declare if you recently fed your pet with a new diet or treat, to rule out food allergy.
If your pet has painful ears, it may need a prescription of pain-killer and ear drops.
WHEN YOU CAN’T FIND A VET AT THIS TIME
- Superficially insert big cotton balls on each ear of your pet before giving it a bath to prevent water from getting in.
- Remind your pet groomer to disinfect the razor prior to using it to your pet to prevent acquisition of mange from contaminated objects. Also bring your own towel and brushes that the groomer can exclusively use for your pet.
- Do not bring your pet near other pets that have itchy ears or skin, as they may pass the ear mites to your pet.
- Wash hands before and after handling your pet
- Do not self-medicate.
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