Otitis in cats and dogs: how can you help your pet?

It is a very common pathology that affects dogs more, but also the felines. Otitis results very annoying for the animal and depending on whether it affects the outer pavilion, the middle or the inner ear, it can cause great pain. The Illustrious College of Veterinarians of Valencia (@ICOVValencia) explains that the causes of otitis can be very diverse, for example, the accidental arrival of a foreign body in the ear (a pebble or small branch) or the presence of parasites or microorganisms (viruses or bacteria) that cause the infection.

How to know if your pet has otitis?

There are a number of easily recognizable symptoms that may indicate that your dog is experiencing pain in one or both ears. Logically, it is wrong, so it is quite likely that it is down, without appetite or desire to play. What’s more, will try to scratch his ear carefully, because this habitual gesture in him increases his pain. Sometimes cats and dogs shake their heads from side to side trying to get rid of “that” that is bothering them. Observe the ears of your pet and if you notice that they give off a strange smell and unpleasant, or do you even appreciate some kind of secretionYou just need to go to the vet for the otitis to be confirmed.

Otitis in pets

The best way to help your pet is to apply a few simple preventive measures. One of the most important is to try avoid getting water in your ears when bathing, because that stagnant water in the ear is a frequent cause of canine otitis. Also, every so often, take a few minutes to clean the external area with a gauze moistened with water onlyEspecially if you have a lop-eared dog with a lot of hair, because dirt can be trapped in it. Forget the cotton buds, since misused they are a risk. Only the vet will know when they are needed and how to use them correctly.

As experts from the Official College of Veterinarians of Seville point out (@ColvetSevilla), sometimes otitis externa, caused by multi-resistant microorganisms, is repeated too frequently, increasing the risk of becoming chronic.

To avoid this, it is essential that your pet receives the necessary medical attention. Surely, the veterinarian will indicate the need to use a elizabethan necklace to prevent the animal from scratching itself and the situation of its ears from getting worse. In addition, it will point out a Pharmacotherapy essential to eliminate any remaining infection.