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    Cat Ear Infections

    Just like in humans, ear infections in cats can be painful. They’re often caused by germs like bacteria and yeasts. Common triggers include ear mites, allergies,

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    Symptoms to Watch Out For

    Look out for signs like head shaking, scratching at ears, red or swollen ears, waxy buildup, discharge, or an unpleasant smell. Deeper infections may cause a head tilt, loss of balance, or eye flicking.

    Diagnosis of a Cat Ear Infection

    A vet examines the outer ear for signs of infection or injury. An otoscope is used to inspect the ear canal for swelling, discharge, or foreign objects. Swabs may be taken for severe infections to identify specific germs. Sedation may be needed for a thorough exam, especially if the cat is in pain.

    Treatment of Cat Ear Infection

    Cleaning your cat’s ears with a veterinary strength cleaner is crucial. Topical ear drops may be prescribed to treat bacteria, yeasts, and inflammation. Antibiotic tablets may be necessary for severe infections, and pain relief could be added. Follow-up checks are essential to ensure a complete recovery.

    Prevention Tips

    Regular parasite control is recommended to prevent ear mites. Check your cat’s ears regularly for any issues and use vet-recommended ear cleaners. Avoid inserting anything into the ear canal. If your cat has allergies, ensure they are well-controlled through diet or medication as advised by your vet.

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