Common Health Problems affecting Dogs and Cats

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Many pets show signs of ear irritation (head shaking and scratching) yet their ears are perfectly clean. This should be considered and treated in exactly the same way as Eczema/itchy skin.

Other dogs and cats with signs of ear irritation have wax or sebaceous material in the ears. This corresponds to Stage 1 of the Development of Disease. These discharges provide an excellent medium for the growth of bacteria, fungus and yeasts which combined with the inflammation caused by self-mutilation, can rapidly progress to severe ear infection.

Treatment usually involves eardrops containing anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and anti-fungal drugs to break the cycle. This treatment will often be effective in the short term but unfortunately the problem often recurs because the cause is not being tackled.

Once again dietary intolerance can be responsible for otitis.


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