Ear infections in pets
During summer, we always see a lot of pets who are suffering from infected and irritated ears. There are a number of factors that can contribute to this phenomenon.
These factors include:
Allergies: Pollen, mould spores, certain plants and grasses can cause an allergic reaction that manisfests in hot, itchy skin. As the ears are an extension of the skin, the ears too become hot and itchy, which creates the pefect breeding ground for fungi and bacteria.
Swimming: As the weather warms up, some pets love keeping cool in the water. Unfortunately infectious agents thrive in moist conditions, and wet ear canals are a perfect breeding ground.
Conformation: Dogs with long and floppy or excessively hairy ears are more likely to suffer from ear infections. This is because these conformational factors also trap heat and moisture within the ear canal.
Signs that your pet may have an ear infection
These include odour, discharge, redness, scratching ears, shaking the head, tilting head and loss of balance. If an ear infection is suspected, your veterinarian will take a swab of you pets ear and place the discharge on a slide. Through viewing this slide under a miscroscope, your vet can best determine what kind of infection is present, and which medications are best to treat them.