As a pet owner, you have probably heard of ear mites. They are nasty, frustrating little problems that, if left unchecked, can spread and cause serious problems. However, they are not the only things with which you should be concerned. Checking your pet’s ears regularly is something you should do to prevent or control a myriad of issues.
Keep an eye out for excess dirt, wax, and discharge.
A little wax is normal and you’ll no doubt see some as you clean your pet’s ears—which you should do at least once weekly. However, excessive wax or anything else that oozes and seems to be too much for normal wax should be examined more carefully. There are many potential problem signs:
- Strange smells
- Excessive scratching
- Too much shaking
- Head tilting
- Discharge or excessive wax
- Signs of pain
These could be signs of a number of potential issues:
- Ear allergies
- Ear mites, parasites, and other critters
- Bacterial infections
- Yeast infections
- Ear injury
- Excess moisture
Clean and inspect regularly.
Ear problems are some of the most common problems that veterinarians see. They’re particularly common for pets with sagging sears, like basset hounds. The first thing you can do to prevent is clean your pet’s ears regularly and gently with appropriate wipes, and keep them dry. Generally, over-the-counter ear wipes are fine for one-a-week cleanings. If you want to be sure, ask your vet. Your pet’s doctor can prescribe or recommend something to help.
Your vet will always check your pet’s ears during a check-up, but a lot can happen between visits. So, inspect them yourself. Become accustomed to what the ears should look like so you catch problems early. If you’re concerned, see your vet. Contact us and we’ll take a look for you, and perform any other exam you need at Pet Vet Hospitals.