How to get rid of & treat a cat ear yeast infection with Banixx
Itchy, Scratchy Ears: Ear Yeast Infections in Cats
A cat ear yeast infection is one of the most commonly diagnosed cat ear problems at veterinary clinics. But unlike their canine counterparts, cats, by nature, tend to be very stoic creatures. As a result, ear infections in cats may cause serious health issues and may reach an advanced state before symptoms become noticeable.
If you suspect your cat may have an ear infection, do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian immediately. Only your vet can help you determine the underlying cause of the infection – whether it’s a yeast issue, ear mites, fungus, or something else. It is generally considered that about half of cat ear infections are due to mites, hence involvement with your Vet is highly recommended for a quick resolution.
As a powerful infection fighter, Banixx Pet Care spray can be used in conjunction with any formulation prescribed by your Veterinarian, as an over-the-counter (OTC) ear cleaner and soothing agent for your cat’s ears. With cats, it may be best to apply Banixx treatment via a cotton ball for minimal trauma, although, the fact that Banixx has no odor or burn is a winner for your cat. Banixx is frequently used as a home remedy for keeping your cats ears clean and in tip top condition.
What are the Symptoms of Cat ear infections?
Is your cat scratching at her ears or frequently tilting her hear to one side? Is she shaking her head frequently? Are your cat’s ears smelly or do you notice heat around the ears? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, your pet may have a cat ear yeast infection. Other signs and symptoms to look for include:
- Black or yellowish discharge
- Redness or swelling in and around the ear
- Waxy buildup on or near the ear canal
- Discharge from the ear that resembles coffee grounds (a symptom of ear mites)
- Hearing loss or loss of balance
What causes cat ear infections?
It is estimated that about half of all feline ear infections are caused by ear mites. These ear mite infestations generally occur in kittens and outdoor cats, but adult indoor cats can be easily infected as well. This often occurs when an infected kitten is introduced to the household. Fortunately, a veterinarian can quickly determine if ear mites are the cause, and will prescribe a straightforward, anti-parasitic treatment to eliminate the mites in short order. In the meantime, you can sleep easy knowing that any surface tissue damage these ugly mites often cause can be easily fixed with a few applications of Banixx Pet Care.
If ear mites are not the culprit, then the cause of your cat’s ear infection will be the result of another underlying medical condition. Although the overgrowth of yeast is the most common cause of fungal ear infections in cats, bacterial infections, both pathogenic (picked up from outside) and non-pathogenic (such as staph) are also quite common cat ear problems. Other contributing causes of ear infections in cats include:
- Allergies (dietary or environmental)
- Tumors/polyps within the ear canal or a ruptured eardrum
- Foreign bodies lodged within the ear canal such as foxtails or grass seeds
- Wax buildup or thick hair within the ear canalAutoimmune diseases or immune suppressing diseases (FIV, feline leukemia virus, etc.)
- Diabetes mellitus
- Improper ear cleaning
How are Cat Ear Infections Diagnosed?
Make no mistake, an ear infection can be a complex and serious matter for your cat’s well-being and overall health. It’s essential that you get your cat in for treatment with a trusted veterinarian at the first signs of any ear discomfort. Not only are ear infections painful for your cat, regardless of the underlying cause, but they can become chronic and lead to deafness, or even facial paralysis, in short order.
Diagnosis of the exact cause of the problem is essential in determining the appropriate treatment. It would be impossible to determine the proper course of treatment, or the kind of drug to use, without first knowing the kind of infection present.
In spite of your cat’s obvious displeasure, the veterinarian will start by looking in your cat’s ear canal with an instrument called an otoscope. It is important to confirm that the eardrum is intact and not ruptured. Any collected ear debris will be examined under a microscope to determine its identity, such as ear mites, yeast, bacteria, etc. Occasionally, additional tests may be necessary, but once the underlying cause is identified, treatment isn’t usually too complicated. Common treatments include antibiotics, corticosteroids, antifungals, and antiparasitics.
How are Cat Ear Infections Treated?
Whether the cause of your cat’s ear infection is determined to be a yeast infection, a bacterial infection, or from ear mites, your vet will prescribe a course of treatment with antifungals, antibiotics, and/or anti-parasitics, all of which come in the form of eardrops or ointment. If the infection has reached the middle ear, but the eardrum has not been compromised, the vet may prescribe a course of antibiotics that may be oral or injectable. If a foreign body is lodged in the ear canal, your cat will be sedated and the object removed. More serious causes will be addressed by your vet and a course of action decided upon.
Don’t be surprised if the vet clips the fur around the cat’s ear canal prior to applying treatment. This provides a cleaner surface for the application of medication and allows for proper drying around the ear canal. On rare occasions, surgery may be recommended to remove swollen tissue that has narrowed or blocked the ear canal; however, this concern can most often be sufficiently addressed with medication.
A cat’s ear canal is shaped like an “L,” and it is important to get the medication into the lower part of the ear canal – the horizontal ear canal. For best results, make sure that you have explored with your vet the proper way to administer ear drops to your cat. Initially, you may need to secure your cat from scratching, struggling, or even biting you through this process. Remember that your cat’s condition is most likely painful, and even the most passive cat may respond aggressively to treatment. PATIENCE is essential to prevent your cat (and you) from over-stressing.
If the medication has been refrigerated, and your vet has confirmed that the medication can be warmed without damage, consider warming it up by running it under warm water or placing the container in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes prior to administering it. This won’t do anything to effect the treatment outcome, but it may reduce the fear response from your cat caused by the sudden introduction of a cold substance into her ear. This may also apply to sprays. never microwave the medication – or any drops/sprays administered to your pets!
After applying any ear medication, if the area around your cat’s ear is over greasy, you may be applying too much medication, which can make a mess of your clothes, furniture, bedding or carpet This is one problem you will never experience with Banixx Pet Care. Since Banixx is purified water-based, there is never a greasy residue after application. And with no dyes or color additives, you never have to worry about “wearing” your pet’s medication Streaks of color through your pet’s fur may be chic, bury you don’t want to see it on your new sofa or carpet!
Can Cat Ear Infections be Prevented?
There’s no two ways around it, diligence is the best method for prevention of ear infections in your cat. Despite the predictable objection from your furry friend, take the time to routinely check your cat’s ears for redness, residue/discharge, and any offensive odor. Healthy ears are pale pink with no visible residue/discharge and no odor. You may see some ear wax, but it should be minimal, if any. As with human ears, never insert a cleaning device (swab or Q-tip) into your cat’s ear canal – you can easily do much more harm than good. And above all, seek immediate veterinary intervention at the first signs of a possible ear infection in your cat.
How to use Banixx at home to treat my cat’s ear infection?
Once your veterinarian has determined the underlying cause of your cat’s ear infection, the best course of treatment will be recommended to quickly and safely eliminate it. If the problem is mites, an anti-parastic ointment will take care of them economically and in short order. Banixx Pet Care can then be applied as a soothing, healing agent to treat the infection and irritation caused by the biting mites. If your cat has a yeast/fungal infection, Banixx can be used to quickly combat the yeast/fungus infection and, thereafter, as a regular ear cleaner for this type of cat ear problem.
Banixx Pet Care can be used at home, in conjunction with any prescribed medication, to provide your cat with instant, soothing relief from the irritation caused by biting mites, insects or other nasty parasites. Banixx’ low pH solution will also quickly combat any yeast or fungal infection by creating an environment in which bacteria and fungus simply CANNOT GROW, thus allowing the prescribed medication to concentrate on the existing infection.
Any cat owner knows that cats, in general, tend to be very timid when it comes to sprays. Simply spray Banixx onto the cotton ball until moistened (not dripping), and gently apply 2-3 times daily to the affected ear(s). Banixx works on contact, but soak-time is important. The inside of the ear must be well moistened with Banixx for optimal results. Be sure to gently massage Banixx into your cat’s ear. Results should be seen in a couple of days. You will love Banixx’ quick results as an economical home remedy. Your cat will love the fact that Banixx, devoid of any smell or odor, causes absolutely no pain or discomfort!
But it gets even better! With a shelf life of FOUR years, Banixx is a breeze to store at room temperature – without any fear of spoilage from those sudden, unexpected bouts of excessive heat or freezing temperatures. And because it’s gentle, odorless, colorless, and will not sting or burn your pet, Banixx is the “PURR-FECT” preemptive ear cleaner to keep future ear infections at bay.
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