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Ear infections are a common problem in cats and dogs. If left untreated can cause extreme discomfort and even permanent hearing loss. Common symptoms of an ear infection are head shaking/head tilt, odor from the ear canal, pawing and whining at affected ear, redness, swelling, and discharge. Ear infections can arise for various reasons, but the most common are bacteria, yeast, mites, moisture in the ear, allergies, and wax build up.
Pets can have or develop allergies to many things like food, grass, medications, and vaccines. Figuring out what your pet is reacting to can be difficult and frustrating. Most of the time, allergies can be narrowed down and then managed by a veterinarian. In some cases, pets have to see a dermatologist specialist for further testing. Many pets have allergies and are managed with specific diets and/or allergy injections. Our expert veterinarians can help steer you in the right direction. If your pet is experiencing swelling or hives, they should be taken the closest emergency hospital for treatment.
If your pet has a minor wound, it can be easily cleaned up and monitored for infection. If the wound is continuously bleeding or seems deep, you should go to the closest emergency hospital for treatment. Treatment at a hospital may include wound flushing and/or sutures.
Vomiting is a broad symptom for a number of conditions. Your pet may be vomiting because of something simple such as a sour stomach or eating too fast. Vomiting could also be something more serious such as toxicity, intestinal obstruction, or another condition that requires immediate attention. In isolated incidents, vomiting is usually harmless, but if your pet is vomiting more than once or is happening more than one day, you should see a veterinarian for treatment and diagnostics. Vomiting can cause dehydration in pets and loss of nutrition from not holding down food. Pets who are vomiting should be on a bland diet (such as boneless boiled chicken and rice) for a few days following to help their stomach settle. Your veterinarian may prescribe anti-vomiting medication or a bland prescription food for gastrointestinal health for a few days as well. Diarrhea is a common problem in pets. Like vomiting, it can be caused by something minimal or something that requires immediate attention. Diarrhea that develops in healthy animals could be due to eating something bad, diet change, or viral/bacterial/parasitic infections. Chronic diarrhea can be caused by food allergies, stress, inflammatory bowel disease/irritable bowel syndrome, and various other conditions. If your pet is having chronic diarrhea, or more than one day, and not isolated, you should see a veterinarian for treatment and diagnostics. Diarrhea can cause dehydration and weight loss. Your veterinarian may recommend adding fiber to their diet, a bland prescription diet, or anti-diarrhea medications.
Difficulty urinating be extremely uncomfortable and harmful for your pet. Difficulty urinating or blood in the urine could be a symptom of bladder/kidney stones or a urinary tract obstruction. This can happen in male dogs and female cats, but it often happens in male cats. Urinary obstruction in male cats are considered an emergency and if untreated, could result in renal failure. Constipation, or difficulty or no bowel movements, is a common problem associated with the digestive tract. Common symptoms include dry or hard stool if passed, and straining to defecate. If your pet has not had a bowel movement in 2 days or more and is straining, you should see a veterinarian. In most cases, an enema can be given to help your pet defecate. If it’s happening more often, a veterinarian may recommend adding fiber to your pet’s diet (canned pumpkin or Metamucil) or a prescription fiber food.