Most of the time, our pet’s almost supernatural hearing can shock and impress us. They can hear sounds at a much higher frequency than us mere humans and rely on this ability for different needs. Therefore, it is important as pet parents that we familiarise ourselves with their ears so that we can notice any changes as well as prevent any infections that may develop. A weekly check whilst patting them or snuggling in for a cuddle on the couch, is the best way to keep track of their ear health and if there are any important changes to watch.
The causes of the above symptoms can be from allergies or infection. If you notice that your pet is more susceptible to developing ear infections, it could be because of the following:
Noticing any changes in your pet’s ear calls for a visit to your Vet. Prepared with their otoscope, they will be able to look further into an ear infection. Any infections that are found calls for a swab of the area so that a cytology can be conducted. This will help to determine any problems as well as which treatment will be best. These steps are vital to be taken by your veterinarian as chronic ear infections can cause the ear canal to narrow. Infections will become frequent and a decrease in the response to treatment will develop.
Treatments that could be prescribed include antibiotics or anti-inflammatory tablets, an ear flush, ear drops, dietary changes or an injection. Following the directions from the Vet is very important as well as having a re-check booked in. If your pet does not have any ear problems, it might also be best to talk to your vet clinic team about the best ways to clean your pet’s ears so that any wax or dirt can be removed. Remember, never use cotton buds in your pet’s ears!
Keeping your pet’s ears in perfect condition is vital for their overall health and wellbeing. Who doesn’t love how quickly their heads prick up when they hear you open any sort of food packet? Let’s keep it that way!