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26 May 2011

Ear infection in pets

Ear infections are extremely common in dogs, cats, rabbits and other species. If untreated they can result in deafness or even brain disease.

Ear infections are extremely common in dogs, cats, rabbits and other species. If untreated they can result in deafness or even brain disease.

  • A visible, often smelly, discharge from the outer ear canal . This can be almost any colour -  black, brown, reddish-brown, red, yellow, off-white.
  • Reddening of the skin on the ear flap.
  • Thickening of the skin on the ear flap.
  • Scratching the affected ear.
  • Drooping of the affected ear.
  • Narrowing of the ear canal- sometimes it is almost completely closed off.
  • Head shaking.
  • Walking in circles.
  • Fitting.

Sometimes the infection is caused by a foreign object down the ear such as grass awns, in which case it must be removed.

  • Foreign objects
  • Allergies
  • Immune deficiency
  • Cancer in the ear canal

 
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