If you’ve ever had a pet with an ear infection, you know how uncomfortable it can be for them. Nasty ear infections are quite common in those of the canine and feline persuasion, particularly canine. While generally caused by bacteria or yeast, your pet can also develop an ear infection from allergies, ear mites, foreign bodies, hypothyroidism, excessive hair in the outer ear canal, and moisture or wax buildup. The ear canals of both dogs and cats are actually a good deal longer than humans. And where human ear canals run horizontally, theirs are vertical – making it susceptible to debris or moisture collecting and becoming lodged within, conditions whereupon an infection could easily set in.

In the event you detect any of the symptoms noted below, it would be advisable to alert your veterinarian because it is possible that your dog or cat may be harboring an ear infection:

  • Scratching or rubbing of the ear or surrounding area
  • Brown, yellow, or bloody discharge
  • Odor emanating from the ear
  • Redness, swelling, or scabs on the inside of outer ear
  • Hearing loss
  • Hair loss around the ear
  • Head shaking or head tilt
  • Unusual eye movements
  • Loss of balance
  • Walking in circles

One way you can prevent your pet from contracting an ear infection is to keep their ears clean and dry. It is best to consult with your veterinarian before attempting to clean its ears on your own. There are a multitude of anti-wax products on the market, some of which will contain bacteria fighting agents. But your vet can show you how to carefully administer a recommended solution. Another option is to bring your pet to a professional groomer to keep the ear area clean and free of excessive hair. For your home and clothing be sure to have hair rollers, one we recommend is ChomChom Roller pet hair remover. Help both your pet, home, and your person be clean of pet hair.

Don’t forget to visit Le Pet Spa, located at 300 Rector Place!

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Grace Capobianco, CEO/Publisher of Downtown Media & Production was born to be a visionary. She has spent the majority of her life working, developing and marketing innovative media products that not only engage and inform but also bring entire communities together. Utilizing her personal vision as a professional guide, Grace started her first company, Tropical Publishing, when she was just 27 years old and from this moment on, she knew that entrepreneurship was her passion. On a perpetual quest to bring innovative and relevant news to communities, she also created, developed and published the first ever Chamber of Commerce magazine for the Palm Beaches, The South Florida Office Guide. Evolving within the realm of publishing, she moved on to launch Up The Coast magazine in the 1980’s, a guide to Jupiter, in north Florida, where the population aggrandized from 9,000 to more than 70,000 today, and then continued to hone in on niche markets with the launch of publications like Alternative Medicine and NewBeauty. Simultaneously, she launched ATSI, a telecommunications company, which sold Mitel and Siemens products to her publishing clients. The idea of Downtown Magazine NYC was born for Grace in the wake of the devastation of 9/11. A Lower Manhattan resident at this time, Grace saw firsthand the incredible sense of community the neighborhood had demonstrated during these trying times, as well as its immense strength and perseverance. She explored every angle of launching a magazine that would speak to this community but initially felt the timing was just too soon. It wasn’t until 2010 that Grace felt the community was ready to hear its voice and launched Downtown Magazine NYC.