VCA Abbott Animal Hospital

Ear Infections

By Katheryn Tuxbury, MS, DVM
Published: February 14, 2012

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External ear infections (otitis externa) are a common problem in dogs and cats. This condition involves the presence of excessive bacteria and/or yeast in the external ear canal. Ear infections can range in severity from mild redness to a severely swollen, painful ear containing large amounts of infected material. Ear infections are often caused by an underlying allergic condition, which may need to be examined in order to prevent recurrent infections. Some dogs with long ear flaps can be prone to yeast ear infections as moisture is trapped in the ear canal. Less commonly ears can be infected with ear mites causing a secondary infection. It is very important to treat all aspects of an ear infection with appropriate medications as determined by your veterinarian. Sometimes external ear infections can spread to the middle and internal ear canals which require advanced diagnostics and treatments. Recheck exams with your veterinarian are invaluable tools to properly monitor treatment of these infections.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If we are in a staff meeting you can still come to the hospital for help. If it is after hours please call:

VCA Southshore                         781-337-6622  South Weymouth

VCA Boston Road                      413-783-1203 Springfield

Tufts Small Animal Hospital    508-839-5395 North Grafton