What could be wrong with my cat?
February 15, 2010 1:07 PM Subscribe
Why does my cat keep getting ear infections?
posted by trillian to pets & animals (5 answers total)
We have a cat who will be 2 years old this summer. He has gotten several infections (both yeast and bacterial, sometimes simultaneously) in his left ear. Not long after we've treated one according to the vet's instructions, he'll come down with another.
He finished the medicine (mixed anti-fungal and antibiotic) for his last infection about 2-3 weeks ago, and now I can tell he has another infection. I'll call the vet today, but I wondered if anyone else has had a cat with recurring ear infections and if a vet was able to determine an underlying cause.
Our vet previously suggested seeing a veterinary allergist (or maybe she said dermatologist?), but we wanted to see if the problem continued. If she recommends it this time, we'll probably we'll do it -- thank god we have pet insurance...
Why does our cat have this chronic problem, and why is it only in one ear? Any similar experiences? Google hasn't turned up much useful information, except a page where a vet talks about the underlying cause being a polyp. Should we ask our vet to anesthetize our cat to thoroughly check out his ear?