Cats are just as susceptible to critical ear infections and discharge as any other animal, except that they are not as cooperative in being helped. Despite their fussy attitude, it is vital to their health that you clean the ears often to avoid any potential problems. Everything you need for healthy ears can be found at your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home. Your veterinarian can help in showing you the proper way to clean your cat’s ears.
Monitor your cat in your efforts to maintain its ears and possible discharge or infection with these tips –
- The first sign of a problem will be noticeable when you see your cat scratching at the ear or ears that may be affected, causing redness and swelling. Ear infections most often are due to bacteria, fungus, parasites, some type of trauma to the ear, along with other illnesses causing a reaction in the ear. If an infection is present, your cat may start tilting or shaking its head and a foul odor will be present.
- If there are notable signs of a feline ear problem, get your pet to the vet for a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made, the proper medication will be prescribed. The yeast, viral or bacterial infections all require different types of treatment, and often involve a combination of a broad-spectrum antibiotic, antifungal cream to kill the yeast from a yeast infection and a corticosteroid to relieve pain, swelling and inflammation.
- Thoroughly clean your cat’s ears with cotton balls and special ear cleaner before applying any medications. Pre-cleaning the ears helps the medication to be more effective. Cats are not always fond of the ear cleaning process so it is best that you groom your cat early in life to get it used to being handled when necessary.
- Administer the prescribed medication daily as directed by your veterinarian for the duration until the discharge and infection is completely healed.
- In order to ward off further ear problems, maintain the health of your cat’s ears on a regular basis. Use cotton balls and a cleaning solution that can be found at most larger pet supply stores. Dampness and moisture within the ear is one of the leading causes for ear infections and discharge. A home remedy of vinegar and water works well to remove discharge and excess wax, while drying up moisture in the ear.
Ear problems can be very painful for your cat. Your veterinarian will help you in keeping and maintaining healthy ears while avoiding moisture, discharge and infections.
If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy
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