Pet Ear Infections FAQs

Pet ear infections are more common than people think. If you suspect your pet has an ear infection, bring him to All Creatures Hospital in Del Mar for prompt and effective treatment. These FAQs from our Del Mar veterinarian explain more about the causes and symptoms of pet ear infections and the importance of immediate treatment.


What are some common causes of pet ear infections?  

Numerous factors can lead to ear infections in your pet. These include allergies, excess moisture or hair in your pet’s ear canal, ear mites, ear injuries, foreign bodies, tumors, or polyps in your pet’s ear. Anything that causes overgrowth of yeast or bacteria in your pet’s ear can lead to an infection. If your pooch swims frequently, water could get trapped in his ear, leading to a yeast infection. Pets with allergies are also more susceptible to ear infections.

What are some symptoms of ear infections in my pet?

You may notice your pet shaking his head a lot or scratching or rubbing his ear. There may also be a discharge or foul smell coming from his ear. Pain, redness, swelling, and scabs within the ear are also common symptoms of an infection. If your pet has these symptoms, contact our Del Mar veterinarian right away for an examination. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent more severe symptoms.

What happens if an ear infection goes untreated?

Left untreated, outer ear infections can spread to your pet’s inner ear causing more severe pain and loss of balance. Inner ear infections also pose greater risk of deafness. Diagnosing your pet’s infection early on can prevent it from escalating into more serious conditions.

How common are ear infections among pets with allergies?

Allergies are one of the most common causes of ear infections in pets. Allergens like dust, pollen, chemicals in cleaning or grooming products, or ingredients in your pet’s food can trigger an allergic reaction in your pet’s ear, such as inflammation. Inflammation can cause yeast overgrowth, making your pet more susceptible to infection.

How are pet ear infections treated?

An evaluation from our Del Mar veterinarian will determine if your pet has an ear infection and the severity of his condition. This will determine what kind of treatment is needed. Our first step will be to clean out your pet’s ear to remove discharge, wax, or other debris. For mild infections, we may apply a topical medication to clear up the infection. Severe infections may require antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medications to expedite healing.

See Your Veterinarian at All Creatures Hospital for Pet Ear Infection Treatment

To schedule an appointment for diagnosis and treatment of an ear infection in your pet, contact All Creatures Hospital at (858) 481-7992.


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