‘Ask a Vet’ – Ear infections


>>ANCHOR: EVERY SATURDAY WE TEAM UP TO BRING THE ASK A VET YOUR WELL PET AND TODAY WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ONE OF THE MOST COMMON REASONS THAT DOG END UP AT THE VET. THAT IS EAR INFECTIONS. NOT A PLEASANT THING. JOINING US NOW IS DR. DON KIENAN, THE CLINICAL VET FROM THE PET ALLIANCE AND WE’VE BEEN DEALING WITH THIS A LOT. WHAT ARE SOME THINGS WE HAVE KNOW ABOUT THE INFECTIONS. WE HEAR THEY’RE PRETTY COMMON WITH DOGS.>>THE REASONS THEY’RE BROUGHT INTO THE VETERINARIAN. THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF EAR INFECTIONS THAT CAN BE BACTERIAL OR YEAST OR SOMETIMES EVEN PARASITES. IF YOU HAVE A DOG WITH REPETITIVE EAR INFECTIONS THEY OFTEN HAVE THE UNDERLYING CONDITIONS AND THAT CAN BE AN ALLERGY PROBLEMS AND IT CAN CAUSE HEAD SHAKING AND BE REFERRED TO AS AN EAR HEMATOMA WHERE THE FLAP OF THE EAR GETS FILLED WITH BLOOD.>>THAT SOUNDS TERRIBLE. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SIGNS OF THE EAR INFECTION WE CAN BE ON THE WATCH FOR IN OUR PETS TO CATCH IT HOPEFULLY NICE AND EARLY?>>IF THERE IS DEBRIS OR ODOR ON THE EAR. IF THE DOG DOESA LOT OF HEAD SHAKING AND EAR SCRATCHING OR IF THERE IS DISCHARGE RUNNING OUT OF THE EAR TO LOOK FOR?>>WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TREATMENT OPTIONS?>>DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF INFECTION, THE VETERINARIAN WILL USUALLY PRESCRIBE SOME EAR FLUSHES AND OINTMENTS AND THEN SOME BAD INFECTIONS AND MAY EVEN BE ORAL MEDICATIONS INCLUDING ANTIBIOTICS AND STEROIDS TO HELP THEM BE MORE COMFORTABLE.>>ANCHOR: WHAT IF YOUR DOG IS IS THERE ANYTHING TO CUT DOWN ON RECURRENCES.>>WE DO WANT TO TRY TO WORK TO DETERMINE WHAT THE UNDERLYING CAUSE IS. IF YOU’RE ABLE TO TREAT AND IDENTIFY THEIR ALLERGY MAYBE REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF THE EAR INFECTIONS. ALSO YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU EMPLOY A GOOD CLEANING PROGRAM AND KEEP EARS CLEAN TO ALLOW YOU TO EVALUATE AND CHECK MORE EARS FREQUENTLY AND REDUCE DEBRIS IN THE EARS.>>ANCHOR: GOOD INFORMATION AS ALWAYS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US TODAY AND RASCAL, MAYBE THE SWEETEST DOG IN THE WORLD, IS UP FOR ADOPTION AND WE’LL

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