How can I treat my cats ear infection?
Treatment for feline ear infections isn’t usually complicated. To start, your vet may need to clip the fur around the cat’s ear canal to help keep it clean and dry. If the infection has reached the middle ear but the eardrum is untouched, oral or injectable antibiotics may clear up the infection.
What medicine do you give a cat for an ear infection?
For ear mites, bacterial ear infection in cats or yeast infection in cats, treatment with corticosteroids, antifungals, antibiotics or anti-parasitics in-ear drops may be prescribed.
How long does it take for antibiotics to work for ear infection in cats?
A typical course of antibiotics for treating an ear infection can be as brief as 5 to 7 days or as long as several months. In many cases, the ears may start looking better after only a few applications of medication or after only a few doses of oral medication.
Is a cat ear infection an emergency?
An ear infection is an emergency when your pet is in pain, you cannot touch or look in your dog’s ear, the ear is red and swollen, and/or your dog has a head tilt.
Do ear infections hurt cats?
Ear infections cause pain and discomfort, and the ear canals are sensitive. Many cats will shake their head and scratch their ears attempting to remove the debris and fluid from the ear canal. The ears often become red and inflamed and may develop an offensive odor.
What does an ear infection in a cat look like?
Black or yellowish discharge. Redness or swelling of the ear flap or ear canal. Waxy buildup on or near the ear canal. Discharge from the ear that resembles coffee grounds (a symptom of ear mites)
How do you get the black stuff out of a cat’s ear?
Cleanse: The black, waxy ear build-up and dirt must be thoroughly flushed and cleaned from the ear canal before any medication can be applied. We strongly encourage pet owners to have their vet do the initial cleanse to ensure all the debris is removed and to avoid damaging your cat’s delicate ear drum.
Why is there black in my cats ears?
Some cats are more bothered by ear mites than others. Mites also stimulate the wax producing glands inside the ear canal. The result is a black, crusty build-up in the ears that resembles coffee grounds. This discharge is made of blood, wax, debris, and mites themselves.