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Pet Ear Infections and Treatment in Overland Park

Ear infections can be quite serious for your pet, so it is important to get regular wellness checkups and also to watch for symptoms of distress. Our vets in Overland Park can quickly discover and diagnose any problems with your pet’s ears and may identify underlying health issues or disease (like seborrheic dermatitis or thyroid disease), that may be causing ear infections.

Beagle with an ear infection.

Examination and assessment allow our vets near Overland Park KS to relieve your pet’s current ear infection symptoms and help prevent ear infections from recurring. Regular ear cleaning is also a crucial preventative measure. Be sure to seek immediate care for pet ear infections, which are typically painful for your animal companion. Allergies and skin problems often cause or accompany ear infections. If you notice signs of ear infection in your pet, contact our veterinary clinic right away. Ear infection can worsen to involve the exterior ear, middle ear, and inner ear and can lead to deafness. 

Pet Ear Infection Symptoms

Ear infections can make your pet miserable and you may see the following ear infection warning signs: 

  • Redness, inside or around the ears
  • Ear swelling
  • Head shaking
  • Itching and excessive scratching around the ears, causing skin irritation, wounds, and possible bleeding
  • Head tilting
  • Ear pain
  • Nausea
  • Discharge from the ears
  • Ear odor
  • Partial facial paralysis (due to nerve irritation or damage)
  • Dry eyes
  • Hearing problems
  • Balance issues, difficulty in standing or walking
  • Pupil size changes; abnormally large or small pupils
  • Ear canal narrowing or closure
  • Deafness (if neglected)

Ear Infection Diagnosis in Overland Park, KS

Our vets near Overland Park KS will examine your pet’s ears, look for the physical symptoms above and observe behavior. We will clean your pet’s ears and may take a sample of debris or earwax to determine if bacteria, yeast or ear mites are present. If your pet is in pain, we may use sedation to allow a thorough examination of the ears. Further testing may be needed to pinpoint the exact type of bacteria so that the proper antibiotic can be prescribed. Digital x-rays may also be taken to view the extent of the infection, which may be of the external, middle and/or inner ear.

Ear Infection Treatment at Our Animal Hospital

Typical treatments for various types of pet ear infection at our local veterinary clinic include:

  • Medicated ear drops or a topical medicine applied between the shoulder blades to clear up ear mites.
  • Regularly scheduled ear cleanings and medication (either oral or topical) for bacterial or yeast infections.
  • Steroid injections can be used to minimize serious ear inflammation
  • Treatment of underlying health problems known to cause an ear infection.
  • For seriously narrowed ear canals or deformity, surgery may be recommended for proper ear drainage, direct application of medicine and correction of ear deformity, if present.

If your pet shows signs of ear infection, make an appointment with Blue Valley Animal Hospital, in Overland Park. Contact us at 913-681-2818 today.

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