Most cat owners have observed their pets sneezing from time to time. Just like with people, an occasional sneeze is natural and not a cause for concern. It’s only when the sneezing becomes excessive or is combined with additional symptoms that you need to look into the problem further. Why Do Cats Sneeze? Cats reflexively… Read More
Pet Eye & Ear Care
Caring for your pet’s vision and hearing is an important part of their care. Most animals don’t require too much intervention in order to maintain their eyes and ears, but a little bit of routine care and prompt treatment in case of infections can help to ensure they can see and hear well throughout their life.
What types of ear problems do pets get?
Pets of all breeds and species are susceptible to a number of different issues affecting the ears, including:
- Bacterial or viral infections
- Foreign bodies
- Yeast infections
Signs of ear problems in pets
Symptoms of ear problems in pets will vary by the condition, but some warning signs that indicate that your pet should probably be evaluated by their vet include:
- Head shaking
- Head tilting
- Rubbing their ear or head on the carpet or furniture
- Redness of the ear canal
- Foul odor
- Itching and digging at the ear
- Not responding to loud noises
Treating ear problems in pets
Some ear problems, such as infections, mites, and allergies, can be treated with medications such as ear drops or pills. Other issues, such as an injury or a foreign object in the ear canal may benefit from surgical interventions performed by a veterinary specialist. A vet may also recommend the use of a cone to help prevent your pet from pawing at their ears, in order to speed healing and prevent further irritation.
What types of eye problems do pets get?
Pets are susceptible to a number of different issues affecting the eyes, including:
- Cherry eye
- Corneal and scleral injuries
- Dry eye syndrome
- Pink eye, or conjunctivitis
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Lens luxation
Signs of eye problems in pets
Symptoms of eye problems in pets will vary by the condition, but some warning signs that signal your pet should probably be evaluated by their vet include:
- Thick, colored, or excessive discharge
- Twitching that doesn’t stop
- Avoiding light
- Excessive tearing
- Cloudy corneas
- Dilated pupils
- Difficulty with night vision
- Clumsiness or bumping into things
Treating eye problems in pets
Some eye problems, such as infections, dry eye, or allergies, can be treated with medications such as eye drops. Other issues, such as cherry eye or cataracts may benefit from surgical interventions performed by a veterinary ophthalmologist. There are also times when taking a hands-off approach is the best treatment for pet eye issues, including scratches to the surface of the eye. A vet may recommend drops to prevent infections, combined with the use of a cone to help prevent the pet from pawing at the eye, which could cause irritation or further injury.
While it’s true that many pets won’t require much in the way of intervention in order to maintain their sight and hearing, routine eye and ear care in animals helps prevent eye disease, deafness, and can help identify any issues early. Ensuring your pet has a nutritious diet and ample exercise are important factors in maintaining good eye and ear health.
Question: What is cherry eye and is it dangerous if left untreated? We are looking into adopting a dog from a rescue. He has a cherry eye. The vet they work with recommended they leave it alone with no treatment. I don’t know how long he’s had it as he is a rescue, is there… Read More
My dad used to have a sweet brown Chihuahua named Taco. That little guy would start sneezing like mad anytime he thought he was going for a ride in the car! It was his way of communicating that car rides were a very special event for him. As cute as happy dog sneezes are, it… Read More
Head shaking and ear scratching — it’s noticeable when your cat’s ears are bothering him. The cause can be harder to determine, however. Ear mites are a relatively common type of ear problem in cats, but thankfully, they’re also quite easy to treat. If you think your cat might be suffering from this particular pest,… Read More
Question: Why does my cat have irritated, weepy eyes? My cat Bindi’s eyes have been weeping lately. I noticed today that they look more irritated than they have in the past. Another thing I’ve noticed is that they don’t weep when she is inside. Only outside. I’m wondering if I should have a vet take… Read More
“I swear this just started a few hours ago. He was fine yesterday! What happened?” The nice lady was clearly worried about her beautiful Golden Retriever, Boomer. He sat in front of me, panting and trying to rub a sore on the side of his neck about the size of a small dinner plate. The… Read More
Question: My puppy has an odor inside his ears. Can you tell me what’s wrong? I have recently bought a Chiweenie he’s 8 weeks old and his name is Jackson, Jax for short. I noticed that he had an odor inside his ears. I’ve given him baths and cleaned it out with Q-tips and warm… Read More
Question: How can I ease the pain of my dog’s ear infection? We just brought a foster dog home. He has terrible ear infections, the left one is worse. He is taking prednisone, neomycin polymyxin sulfate with hydrocortisone, ciprofloxacin. He is in a lot of pain. I was wondering if I could put ice on… Read More
Ear infections are common in dogs, and certain breeds are particularly prone. Sometimes, we pet owners miss the early signs and do not realize there is infection until the ears are really angry, painful and itchy. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to minimize veterinary bills and decrease the frequency of this painful condition…. Read More
Dogs are often considered man’s best companions. However, they’re a lot more like humans than we often realize. For instance, they can get seasonal allergies. If you notice that your dog is sneezing, seems uncomfortable or is generally acting like you do when you feel allergic, your dog might be suffering from seasonal allergies. To… Read More