Ear Care for Cats And Dogs
The ears of our pets are susceptible to a multitude of problems, and at THRIVE, we are ready to help.
Because of the way our pets’ ear canals are horizontal and vertical rather than just horizontal like ours, it is much easier for pets to develop various ear related problems.
Dogs are particularly susceptible if they are affected by allergies, or are of a breed that have non-erect ears. Also, if there is excessive hair growth within the ears, they may develop problems easily as well.
It’s important to take your pet into a veterinarian to get regular ear check ups to ensure your pet is thriving.
How We Care For Ears of Your Pets
Ear cleaning is essential to ensure your pet’s ears are clear from wax build up and to reduce the chance of ear infections. You may see signs of an ear infection by noticing the following symptoms:
- rubbing of the head against furniture or the ground
- Head shaking
- Scratching of the ear
- Foul odor
- Constant head tilting
- Redness inside the ear
How often do I need to have my pet’s ears cleaned?
The regularity in which your pet should have its ears cleaned depends on the breed, coat and other health factors. Your veterinarian can discuss with you the proper cleaning schedule for your pet.
Ear cytology is the test for the presence of bacteria, mites, yeast, cancerous or inflammatory cells or anything that obstructs the ear canal such as:
- Wax accumulations
- Thick or matted hair in the ear canal
- Foreign bodies such as a grass awns or insects such as ticks
- Tumor or polyps
- Water in the ear- from swimming or bathing
How long does the test take?
As long as the pet is cooperative, the swabs can be taken within a few minutes. All of our THRIVE facilities have the necessary instruments in-house to diagnose your pet.
Ear Cytology pricing starts from $15. Contact your local THRIVE to get an estimate.