Are you sending me something in the mail to use to collect the sample?

We do not send anything to obtain a sample, all you need is a q-tip or cotton ball. Swab his ears as if you were cleaning them and place them in a plastic bag. You do not need much dirt/debris on the q-tip. Once you see a little dirt on the q-tip or change in color, such as brown or black, then your sample is sufficient.

How common are ear infections in dogs & cats?

Infection of the external ear canal (outer ear infection) is one of the most common types of infections seen in dogs and cats. It is called otitis externa. Some breeds, particularly those with large, floppy or hairy ears like Cocker Spaniels, Miniature Poodles or basset hounds, are more prone to ear infections, but ear infections may occur in any breed.

What are the symptoms of an ear infection?

Ear infections are painful. Many dogs and cats will shake their head and scratch their ears trying to get the dirt and fluid out. The ears often become red and inflamed and develop an offensive odor. A black or yellowish discharge commonly occurs in most ear infections.

What is the prognosis?

Nearly all ear infections that are properly examined and treated can be successfully managed. However, if an underlying cause remains unidentified and untreated, the outcome will be less favorable. Several examinations may be needed before the process is complete and we can expect ultimate success.

Are you guys Licensed Veterinarians?

Please note, we are not licensed veterinarians or doctors, we are simply experienced technicians who love animals and want to give your pet the best care. Our findings are not to be used for medical purposes, for true diagnosis you should see a doctor. Our findings are simply for informative and educational purposes. For serious medical issues seeing a doctor is always recommended. This information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. We are not responsible or liable for any issues regarding your pets health, our services are purely for educational purposes*. By using our services you acknowledge these terms.

How important is it to treat an ear infection?

Dogs & cats with ear infections are miserable, their ears are a source of constant pain resulting in head shaking and scratching. Head shaking and scratching can also cause broken blood vessels in the outer ear called an ear hematoma, which requires surgical treatment. Chronic ear infections can penetrate the eardrum and result in an internal ear infection and permanent hearing loss.

Don't these symptoms usually suggest ear mites?

Ear mites can cause several of these symptoms, including a black discharge, scratching, and head shaking. However, ear mite infections occur most commonly in puppies and cats. Adult dogs may occasionally contract ear mites from puppies or cats that are infected. Ear mites will create an environment within the ear canal that often leads to a secondary bacterial and yeast infection.
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