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When To See Your Veterinarian

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During regular wellness visits, your veterinarian will examine your cat to see how healthy the ears are and to check for any problems. If you already suspect your cat has an ear infection, it’s important to make an appointment with your veterinarian right away. Your veterinarian will be able to identify the cause of your cat’s ear infection and provide proper treatment to help eliminate the infection and help keep it from coming back.

How are cat ear infections diagnosed and treated?

During your cat’s veterinary appointment, your veterinarian will:

  • Collect a detailed history to help uncover any underlying causes of your cat’s ear infection
    • Identifying and treating the underlying cause will help keep the infection from coming back
  • Examine your cat’s ears thoroughly 
  • Develop a treatment plan based on your cat’s needs
    • In most cases, cleaning and medicating the ear canal will clear up an infection
    • Sometimes, surgery may be needed for chronic infections  

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT EAR CLEANING IN CATS
  • How are ear infections treated?

    Your veterinarian will develop a treatment plan based on your cat’s needs. In most cases, cleaning and medicating the ear canal, using a treatment designed specifically for cats, will clear up your cat’s ear infection. In some cases, surgery may be needed for chronic infections.

  • Why should I visit my veterinarian if I suspect my cat has an ear infection?

    Most ear infections are the result of an underlying problem. Your veterinarian will be able to uncover the primary reason for your cat’s ear infection and treat it appropriately.