Cat ear infections are a nuisance for you and your cat. They can result in excessive scratching that leads to an injury on top of the existing infection. Your cat needs to receive treatment from a veterinarian as soon as the infection becomes noticeable to prevent damage and keep your cat comfortable. Our veterinarian at the Nashville Cat Clinic in Nashville, TN can examine, diagnose, and treat your cat's ear infection to help them feel better.
Signs Your Cat Has an Ear Infection
The prominent placement of ears on a cat's head makes it easy to detect the signs of an ear infection. Ear infections are irritating, and your cat is going to scratch at its ears in search of relief. When you see the following visual and behavioral signs, schedule an appointment with our veterinarian for cat ear infection treatment. Symptoms of ear infection include:
- Discharge that looks like brown crumbs
- Head tilting
- Strong or foul odor coming from the ear
- Redness in the ear canal
- Swelling in and around the ear
- Loss of balance
There are numerous potential causes of ear infections including allergies, ear mites, bacteria, yeast, and environmental irritants. Cat care is needed when you see any one of these signs in your cat's ears.
Treatment for Cat Ear Infections
Fortunately, a majority of ear infections in cats are treatable by our veterinarian. Your cat may need to wear a cone while the infection is being treated to prevent it from scratching its ear. The cone will stay on for seven to ten days. The purpose of the protective cone is to allow the ear(s) to heal without interference and increased risk of further infection.
The type of treatment your cat receives depends on the type and severity of your cat’s ear infection. Most ear infections in cats are treated with topical ointments or drops that get to the source of the infection. In the event your cat has been scratching at the ear excessively, our veterinarian may prescribe an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever to make your cat comfortable and reduce its urge to scratch.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Cat Care Professionals in Nashville, TN
If you are looking for reliable cat care services in Nashville, TN, contact Nashville Cat Clinic today. Our services include routine health checkups, the maintenance of chronic conditions, and treatment for cat ear infections. Call us today at (615) 361-1844 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.