Ear infections can be a persistent problem among certain cats and dogs and especially in long haired cats like Persians and dogs with big floppy ears. An infection can cause great irritation and pain from constant scratching and you will need to get it treated as soon as possible before more serious damage is caused. Left untreated, ear mites in particular, can cause nasty infections that can spread and in a worse case scenario, could eventually be fatal.
Dogs and Cats normally get ear infections that are caused by allergens, water and foreign bodies in the ear. Another is the common ear mite that can cause acute irritation and discomfort. If ear mites are the culprits then look out for what looks like a teeny weenie creamy colored spiders and dirty brownish debris around the ears.
One of the most common signs of ear infections that will be displayed by your cat or dog, is when they constantly shake and scratch their heads and ears because it must be very uncomfortable. You will notice that your pets ears may be very inflamed and feel hot to the touch, and there may also be an unpleasant odour. Look out for a discharge of yellow or even blackish fluid.
Treatment & Prevention
Assuming, you have checked that the scratching was not caused by a foreign body lodged in the ear and that you have discovered the infection is caused by ear mites then the condition needs to be treated and you will need to administer medication. If the infection is very mild you could try putting a few drops of tea tree oil in some olive oil and dipping in a cotton bud to very carefully to clean away the dirty debris but never attempt to deep clean or prod about inside the canal itself, as this is a job for a professional. Just to clean the outer areas of the ear. Don’t ignore the problem because it could lead to chronic continual problems for your dog or cat. When you take your pet to the vet for a routine visit, get him to check over the ears for any problems.