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It is important to examine routinely the ears of animals for signs of infection.


Question 26

What clinical signs may lead you to suspect that an animal has an ear infection?


Answer
  • A redness or swelling of the ear.

  • An unpleasant odour is present in many bacterial and fungal infections.

  • Animals will typically scratch their ears if they are infected with ear parasites such as mites.

  • If the inner ear becomes affected then the animal may show a head tilt and a tendacy to walk in circles (see question 11 on page 15).

Animals with long ears such as rabbits are particularly prone to ear infections.

  
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