All about cat and dog ear issues

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Does your dog have an ear infection?

Symptoms of ear infections in dogs. 

All about ear infections

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Ear yeast infections in dogs

Yeast in dog ears can cause a big problem.

Yeast and dog ears

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Does your dog have ear mites?

What "coffee grounds" in ears might mean. Ear mites in dogs

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How to treat a dog ear infection

What works to treat ears, plus what can hurt your pet. What vets recommend

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Why is my dog scratching their ear?

Sometimes a scratch is more than a little tickle. Decode ear scratching

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Treating dog ear infections without a vet

What to know about popular home remedies. Help ear infections

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Does your cat have ear mites?

What to know about ear mites in cats and kittens. More about ear mites

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How to clean cat ears

A step-by-step guide to help you and your cat. Get our tips

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Does your cat have an ear infection?

Know the symptoms of ear issues in cats. Help for ear infections

Commonly asked questions about pet ear care

A:Many pets will hide their symptoms, even if their ear infection is actually quite painful. If your furry friend’s ears are itchy, stinky, or have any kind of discharge, or if they react negatively when you touch them, bring them in to see the vet.
A:Liquid ear cleaners should only be used at the direction of your veterinary team — too often can inflame ears, dry them out, and lead to increased wax production, all of which can then lead to ear infections.

You can wipe your pet’s ear and the entry to their ear canal with a soft tissue or cotton ball as often as once a week. But never use a cotton swab inside the ear! It’s just too easy to damage those delicate ear structures.
A:Are they acting normally? You’re probably okay. Are they prone to ear infections? Keep a special eye out for symptoms of ear infections, like discharge, bad ear smells, and pain. If you see anything worrisome, check with your veterinarian about your concerns.
A:Unfortunately, many bumps on pet ears can look alike, especially if your pet is too wiggly to give you a good look. Your best bet is to consult your veterinarian for next steps and help to put your mind at ease.

Our vets can help you find out what’s causing your pet’s ear issues, work with you on a treatment plan, and prescribe safe and effective medications to help treat your pet. We can even work with you to help prevent future problems! Make an appointment


For a step-by-step play on how to clean (and medicate, if prescribed by a vet) pet ears, check out the following pages. Clean dog ears Clean cat ears

A:If your dog or cat has food allergies, it can increase their chances of getting ear infections. Check with your vet to see if they suspect a connection and how it can be managed.
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