The ear contains its own 'mini environment' and this can be easily disrupted by heat, moisture and self trauma (for example from itching due to allergies). 

Bacteria and yeast love the change in environment and begin to increase in numbers, resulting in a very unhappy ear canal and an uncomfortable pet.

 WATCH OUT FOR: 

• Shaking of the head
• Rubbing ears along the floor or furniture
• Itching behind ears with paws
• A head tilt
• Flicking of the ears (especially cats)
• Discharge - may be smelly and can be black, white or yellow
• Hot and red ears

Ear infections are very common at this time of the year and if you suspect an infection it's important that your vet can visualise the canal and make sure your pet is not in any pain. They will use an otoscope (a fancy tool with a light) to examine your pet's ears and make sure there is not a foreign body such as a grass seed contributing to the problem.

A sample will be taken and stained with special chemicals to identify the type of bacteria or yeast under a microscope. This enables your Vet to prescribe the correct medication for your pet and gives the ear the opportunity to heal as quickly as possible.

The good news is, there are lots of very effective medications available as well as some treatments that can help prevent recurrent ear infections. To help prevent ear infections in the future it is best to keep your pet's ears clean with our EAR CARE. If your Vet prescribes a medication you can ask for the script and send it in to Pet Guardians. We have a number of ear care medications that will get that infection under control.

If you think your pet might have itchy or smelly ears arrange a check up with your Vet ASAP. The longer you leave an ear infection, the more painful the ear becomes and the harder (and more expensive) it becomes to treat.

Pet Guardians offer a range of prescription medications, including Apoquel for your pets. You will need to have a valid script from a registered vet to purchase our prescription medication online. Contact Pet Guardians today for all your pet needs.