Ear Infections

Treating Ear Infections in Cats & Dogs

One of the most common reasons that people bring their pets to see a veterinarian is to diagnose and treat ear infections. While most occurrences respond to medication and clear up quickly, it is important to address the problem immediately to prevent further problems. At Kindred Care Pet Hospital, we know this condition is very painful, and we want to help every pet in the Richmond, Texas, area feel better as soon as possible.

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What Causes Pet Ear Infections?

Ear disease in pets can have several different causes. The most common ear infection affects the outer ear (otitis externa) and is usually caused by bacteria or yeast. Some pets are more prone to this condition because of the shape of their ears. Floppy ear breeds like spaniels or hounds tend to have more ear problems. Other pets experience more ear infections because of allergies or chronic inflammatory skin conditions.

How Do I Know if My Pet Has an Ear Infection?

Pets with an infection of the ear are usually very uncomfortable and have telltale symptoms. If you notice any of these signs, call your veterinarian right away:

  • Head shaking or tilting toward one side
  • Scratching or rubbing at ears
  • Inflammation or redness
  • Black or yellow discharge
  • Foul odor
  • Crusty or thickened skin

Can I Treat My Pet’s Ear Infection at Home?

You should never attempt to treat an ear infection at home. Firstly, because it is difficult to know exactly what the problem is without the right testing. Secondly, because many home remedies, like vinegar, can make the problem worse and cause more inflammation and pain.

Due to the variety of factors that can cause ear disorders, your veterinarian will perform a physical exam and a swab test to determine the exact cause of your pet’s symptoms and administer the appropriate treatment. Topical ointments include antifungals, antibiotics, and corticosteroids. Oral medications are used for more severe infections and pain management. In some extreme cases, surgical options may be recommended.

If an infection goes untreated, it can move into the middle (otitis media) or inner ear (otitis interna) where it worsens in severity and can cause permanent damage or hearing loss. These conditions can be harder to treat and may lead to recurring problems, so it is better to be safe than sorry.  If you think your pet has an ear infection, schedule an appointment with your vet as soon as you can.

How Do I Make an Appointment with Kindred Care Pet Hospital?

The compassionate staff at Kindred Care Pet Hospital is here six days a week to provide care for furry family members in Richmond, TX. We offer services exclusively for cats and dogs, so you always get the best care possible. If your pet needs immediate attention, we offer urgent and emergency care. Please call us and let us know what your pet needs so we can get them feeling better and back to being their usual adorable self.

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TEMPORARY OFFICE HOURS

Wednesday 09/02/2020- CLOSED

Thursday 09/03/2020- 12noon to 6pm  ( Lobby only)

Monday 09/07/2020 Labor Day - CLOSED

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update 7/01/2020: 

Regular office hours are now being implemented. We highly recommend the use of face masks and encourage scheduling appointments DURING thIS time . If you are currently undergoing treatment, experiencing symptoms or have been exposed please give the care of your pet to someone close to you. We would greatly appreciate if you inform our staff of this SITUATION. 


     Dear Clients, 

 The implications of the COVID-19 are concerning to all. Our top priority is to protect the health and well-being of our staff, clients and community members. Having said that, we will be taking some precautionary measures and actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with the CDC recommendations; wEARING OF MASK, Hand washing and social distancing guidelines have been implemented. Team members who are not feeling well or have potential exposure to COVID-19 are being asked to stay at home. We have implemented an increased scope and frequency of cleaning in our facility. Surfaces that are touched frequently are being cleaned often and wiped down. Hand sanitizers are placed in multiple locations. We are encouraging drop off appointments, while spacing out the appointments that absolutely cannot be dropped off in hope of limiting face to face time while ensuring that our patients are getting all of the care needed. We encourage quick hand-off of your pets to clinic staff. In some situations, a case by case analysis of the situation may be considered as far as coming in to the hospital.  We want to thank all our dear clients for your understanding and cooperation in these challenging times.  This too shall pass. 

 Thanks, Dr. Fidelis & Staff.

 

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Richmond, TX 77407
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