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When it comes to your pet's health, there's no such thing as a dumb question. Search questions real clients have submitted to our popular Ask a Vet Q&A series, and then submit a question of your own.

  • My cat has been scratching her ears a lot lately. Why is she doing this? Is it serious?

    An occasional scratch is normal. However, excessive scratching or pawing at the ears or head can be an indication of ear infection, foreign bodies, ear mites, injury, excess ear wax, or other skin problems. Some ear problems may not be easily visible and require a deep ear exam by your local veterinarian to be properly evaluated. Any discharge, odor, redness, pain, swelling, or masses may indicate an infection or other abnormality.

    If you suspect your pet has an ear problem, visit your veterinarian immediately. Prompt treatment can offer a better prognosis, reduce the potential for chronic disease, can lessen the effects of potential hearing loss, and give earlier relief for any discomfort your pet may have.


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