Household pets such as cats and dogs are very much likely to experience ear infections in their lifetime. Dog and cat ear problems are a very common thing for pets but because it is so common, a lot of pet owners also ignore it or choose to just leave it and not take action to remove it. Ignoring it will more likely lead the small infection or problem to a much larger complication rather than the infection fixing itself. Research also shows that one of the most common reasons why pet owners visit the veterinarian is because of these common dog and cat ear problems.


If your dog has floppy ears, like retrievers and cocker spaniels, then they are a higher chance of developing an ear problem, because the air flow to the ear is limited due to the blockage of the dog's floppy ear. The warmth and the moisture produced due to blockage is a very suitable place for bacteria to grow and thrive. Unlike dogs, all cats have these pointy ears, and that makes lowers their chances of having ear problems or dog ear infection. But it does not mean they are totally immune. Take Persians for example. Their long hair is also providing a very good environment for bacteria to live and thrive.


The problem can start from the smallest ear mites in dogs to fleas, ticks, flies to yeast infections to allergies. The infection can even turn into something more dangerous like, fox tails or even turn out to be cancerous and they can suffer a lot due to pain from the infection.


There are some common symptoms that a pet owner can observe if his or her pet is suffering from ear infections. If the pet is shaking its head excessively, scratching its ears a lot, tilting its head a lot, swollen ears, having difficulty in maintaining balance, yellowish puss is coming out of the ear and if you notice a strong odour from its ears then it is time to take the cat or dog to visit the veterinarian.



As a pet owner, you do not have to wait until your pet experiences those symptoms. What a pet owner can do to prevent this from happening to his or her pet is to bathe his or her pet regularly and he or she must use a good quality pet shampoo. The pet owner should also regularly clean the dog or cat's ears, especially if his or her dog has floppy ears or his or her cat is very hairy, in order to prevent the growth of bacteria around and inside the ear area. For more details about dog ear infection, check out http://www.encyclopedia.com/medicine/diseases-and-conditions/pathology/otitis-externa