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Ear Diseases

Dr. Rakesh. M. Shinde

Ear infections in pets are a very common ailment and there are a very few infections which get better without medical assistance. It is of paramount importance to treat these ear infections to save your pets the continuous pain and suffering. Homoeopathic medicnes are the most harmless and painless way to treat ear infections.

The diseases of our domestic animals, which admit of cure, yield as promptly to homoeopathic medicines as those of man.

The benefits of homoeopathy over other systems of medicine for our pets are many. It cures diseases and not palliate them with the humane nature of its cure.

Ear diseases are among the most common reasons for a client to take his pet to the veterinarian.

They occur in all breeds and ages of pets. Some types of ear diseases are seen mostly in younger pets while others are more frequent as pets get older. Regardless of the cause they are painful and ifuntreated can cause serious complications.

Parasitic Ear Disease -Ear Mites
One type of ear disease which is found most often in young pets is caused by the ear mite Otodectes cyanotes. This bug is passed from an infected mother to nursing newborns when their ears open at about 10 days of age. The disease can also be passed from an infected pet to other adult pets. Inside an infected ear thousands of mites are found crawling over a black crumbly mass of mites, mite eggs, dead mites, ear wax, dried blood and other debris. This condition is very, very itchy. Dogs and cats often go into a frenzy of scratching which causes even more damage. Intense scratching pulls the hair off the ear flap, gouges the skin around the ear, and can even cause bleeding in and around the ear. Bacterial infections often complicate an ear mite infestation.

Bacterial and Yeast Ear Infections
The other major type of ear diseases are ear infections. Infections may be caused by a number of different types of yeast and bacteria. Ear infections occur when bacteria and yeast on the skin work their way into a weakened ear canal. The canal may have become weakened and lose some of its ability to fight infection because it became wet (from bathing, or from a swim), because your pet has allergies, because your pet has skin disease, or because the ear canal has become injured from a scratch, insect bite or from various other causes. Any of these factors will weaken the ear's normally strong defense mechanisms and allow an infection to start.

The symptoms that are noticed with these types of infections vary considerably. A mild ear infection might be implied by an ear that constantly fills with wax, no matter how often you clean it. As the disease progresses from mild, to moderate, to severe, pain begins and gradually gets more intense.

Your pet may shake his head frequently, stand with his head at a tilted angle, or cry when he scratches his ear. In some cases blood and pus may be shaken out of the ear or a disagreeable odor might be noticed.

Treatment of Ear Infections
The first and most important step in treating an ear infection is to determine its cause. Once the cause is determined we can proceed with treatment.

Treatment of Ear Mite Infections
We begin with a thorough ear cleaning which allows the medications to reach the bottom of the ear canal where the mites live. Since ear mite eggs are also found in between your pet's toes (they get there when he scratches) and at the tip of his tail (cats often sleep with their tail under their head) you need to treat these areas with flea spray or flea mousse once at the beginning and once at the end of the treatment period. One week later your pet should be reexamined to make sure that the treatment was effective.

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