Feline Ear Diseases - Otitis

The most developed sense in a cat is hearing. Their extraordinarily capable and fine ears provide them a complementary aptitude. Before any slight noise that could indicate the presence of mice, it will begin to flutter its ears, even if the rest of the body is still. That is why, any ear diseases not only affect their health condition, but also sensitively limit their sensory perceptions. 

Otitis
Inflammation of the auditory external conduit (external otitis) is usually more common in dogs than cats. However, it also has an auditory conduit relatively narrow and slanted. This is how dirt gets in and hardened earwax, together with the pathogenic agents, can easily provoke an irritation. Formed secretions cannot be expelled and the affection progresses with all unpleasant effects. A typical characteristic is shaking their head. Cats scrub the ears with the legs to relieve the irritation that torments it. If their condition gets worse, possibly scratching so hard that blood can come out and be confused with an external injury. Checking out the opening of the ear can give us a first diagnosis. The visible part of the auditory conduit does not have to be clean. However, if there is any presence of any thick scabs, viscous secretions and an unpleasant smell, they are all indications of an otitis. A veterinarian will be able to look more precisely with his auditory mirror all the way to its eardrum. You can only apply your own treatment if you are dealing with a mild affection. Do not use cotton sticks. Instead of using them, use a chunk of cotton, soak in baby oil and clean the auditory pavilion. Poking in the auditory conduit will only help introduce dirt more deeply.

In any veterinarian or animal store, you can find any special preparation to achieve deep cleanliness. They are alcohol or oiled base with disinfectant additives.  Pour in the auditory conduit a good portion of this product (approximately a teaspoon). Cats find this very unpleasant. After, give it a brief massage in the base of the ear. It will start shaking its head and this will expel liquid together with any scabs or earwax. Clean thereby both ears every two days. 

From this moment, you can expect an improvement passed six days. If so, a weekly cleanliness will be enough until all symptoms stop. If no improvement is produced or if it gets worse, a veterinarian should intervene to determine its health condition. The ear will be cleaned under visual control and after a suitable medication will be recommended. 

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