Understanding Pet Ear Infections

For many pet parents frequent and recurring ear infections are a considerable source of stress. At Pet Health, we find that thoroughly educating pet parents regarding ear infections (otitis externa) helps them better control the factors which worsen or predispose their pets to infection, making the condition more easily managed and prevented.

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Predisposing Factors

Certain factors make it more difficult for your pet to recover from an ear infection, thus perpetuating the illness. These perpetuating factors include:

  • Yeast and/or bacterial infections
  • Inflammation of the middle ear, in addition to the outer ear
  • Permanent changes to the structure of the ear canal, such as scarring, swelling, and calcification

Primary Causes

Ear infections occur when the ear canal becomes painfully inflamed. The primary causes of the inflammation associated with ear infections include:

  • Parasites: mites and/or ticks
  • Foreign bodies
  • Plant material
  • Allergies, inflammation caused either by environmental or food allergies

Allergies tend to be the most common cause of ear infections. To address a dog’s ear infection, the exact cause must be determined and treated.

Perpetuating Factors

Certain factors make it more difficult for your pet to recover from an ear infection, thus perpetuating the illness. These perpetuating factors include:

  • Yeast and/or bacterial infections
  • Inflammation of the middle ear, in addition to the outer ear
  • Permanent changes to the structure of the ear canal, such as scarring, swelling, and calcification

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Ear Infection Diagnosis and Treatment

A Pet Health professional will help you determine the root cause of your pet’s trouble with ear infections. Using a swab test to determine the potential presence of a bacterial or fungal infection, we will determine a proper treatment. Once the initial infection has been cleared, we will work with you to prevent future complications with lifestyle adjustments to mitigate predisposing factors and treatments to manage primary causes.

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