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Cat Ear Problems

What are cat ear problems?

Problems with a cat’s ear may be a common issue for a veterinarian to diagnose. A cat’s ear may become affected at the pinnae (the top of the ear), the middle part of the ear, inner ear or the external ear canal. A cat could suffer from many different ear issues such as: general wounds/trauma, hematoma, solar dermatitis or Autumn Harvest Mites. When a cat is having ear issues, many questions can arise regarding how an ear problem is treated or if an ear problem can cause deafness. Read below where Experts have answered many commonly asked questions regarding cat ear problems.

What could be causing a cat to have black stuff in its ears? Is this a serious ear problem?

Generally, if a cat is having a problem with its ear, this could be a condition that needs medical attention. The reason for this could be because the ear is sensitive to infection, which could make the cat become deaf if not treated properly. Usually, when a cat is experiencing a black substance in the ear, this could be from ear mites. It may be best to start the cat on an ear mite medication; these can usually be found in a local pet store. The medication may need to be given every 8 hours for 7-10 days.

Can a yeast infection in a cat’s ear be treated with Baytril?

Treatment for a yeast infection in a cat’s ear may be an antifungal treatment. Baytril is generally an antibiotic, this type of medication is often better from treating bacteria rather than a yeast infection. It may not be a bad idea to give a cat an antibiotic that is suffering from a yeast infection. This is because some cats may develop bacteria from this infection. This could all depend on how long the yeast infection has been present without treatment. If the cat has been left untreated for quite some time, the cat may have developed bacteria from the infection buildup.

Could a cat develop a yeast infection in one ear and then get it in the other ear later on?

A cat may develop a yeast infection in only one ear, and later develop the infection in the other ear. The reason this could occur may be because the infection is generally caused by allergies. Generally, an allergy can alter a cat’s skin structure such as the pH balance (potential hydrogen). A cat’s ear may be a great place for a yeast infection to grow because the ear is damp. It may be a good idea to have the cat seen by a veterinarian in order to decide if the cat actually has a yeast infection so medication can be prescribed as well as started.

What can be given to a cat with an ear problem that does not tolerate ear drops?

Some cats may just not tolerate ear drops, this could be for many reasons. There may be a new solution to this problem which includes a new medication BNT. This medication is typically three medications in one. BNT is made up of Enrofloxacin (antibiotic), Ketoconazole (antifungal) and Betamethasone (steroid). These medications may be held together in a fatty substance such as wax. BNT can be administered by a veterinarian and this method could last for about 2 weeks in the ear before another dose is needed.

Cat ear problems are generally common and could be difficult to treat. Typically, the reason why ear problems in cats are hard to treat is because, finding the problem can be difficult. This could make a cat owner have questions regarding how ear problems are diagnosed, or can a cat be misdiagnosed with an ear problem. For more information and answers to these questions, you can contact an Expert.
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