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Lincoln, IL 62656


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Ear Care at Best Friends Animal Hospital

Ear Care for Dogs and Cats

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Best Friends Animal Hospital reminds pet owners that ear care for both dogs and cats is important to your pet’s overall health.  Ear infections in dogs are often caused by bacteria, yeast, or ear mites and can cause your pet significant discomfort and irritation. Breeds that are prone to allergies and dogs with floppy ears such as cocker spaniels, Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers are particularly vulnerable to developing ear infections. Breeds that tend to grow hair in their inner ear canal (like schnauzers) are also prone to ear infections.

You can help prevent ear infections from developing by regularly checking your pet’s ears for any discharge, swelling, or unusual odor. If your pet’s ears are dirty, gently clean the ear canal with a cotton ball and a solution recommend by us.

If your pet is exhibiting any signs of an ear infection, it is best that you bring them to us for an exam as soon as possible.  Early treatment can prevent the infection from worsening, and spare your pet from inflammation and distress.

Signs your pet may have an ear infection include:

  • Ear scratching
  • Brown, yellow or bloody discharge
  • Odor in the ear
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Crusted or scabby skin on the near ear flap
  • Hair loss around the ear
  • Wiping the ear area on the floor or furniture
  • Head shaking or head tilt
  • Loss of balance
  • Unusual eye movements
  • Walking in circles
  • Hearing loss

Please do not hesitate to call us should you have any questions or need any information about your pet.