The dog or cat has an itching ear and rubs the ear against furniture or the floor. When pets begin rubbing the ears, it is usually indicative of some form of health issue. Perhaps the most common reasons that dogs and cats may begin rubbing the ears are flea or tick infestations, allergies, debris, fly bites and excessive wax build up. However, there are some serious reasons for this behavior, and they include bite wounds, hematomas, ear infections, hypothyroidism, seborrhea and adrenal malfunctions.
How to Recognize
If your pet begins rubbing at the ears, it can be a sign something is bothering him/her.
Causes of Rubbing The Ear
Your pet is most likely rubbing the ear due to an irritation caused by fleas, ticks, or ear mites on the ears or in the ear canals. Other causes include excessive wax accumulation, injuries on or in the ear, insect bites, inner ear infections, skin allergies, aural hematomas, hypothyroidism, seborrhea, and adrenal malfunctions.
The veterinarian will inspect your pet's ear canal and may test a sample of your pet's ear discharge.
Treatment for Rubbing The Ear
In most cases, the veterinarian will clean out your pet's ears and prescribe a topical or oral medication.
When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.