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Ear Mites in Cats

Are you watching your cat scratching or shaking her ears? Does it seem sore or maybe have a foul smell or seem sensitive? Then it’s time to visit your friendly veterinary team to have them checked out. There is a good chance that they may have ear mites (which are commonly mistaken for dirty ears) or an ear infection.

These nasty mites cause a dark black discharge which can only be seen by preparing an ear swab and checking under the microscope. These parasites feed off of the skin oils and wax in your pet’s ear canal and build up to look like dirt in the ear. This parasite is not life-threatening but can cause ruptured blood vessels by excessive scratching and shaking, which could mean surgery if left to long.

Once diagnosed by your veterinary, thorough cleaning and medication will be given, as well as to all other pets in your household (rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, and the rare dog) if they are in close contact. Once treatment has been given relief should start quickly.

Cleaning your pet’s environment now begins. Do a quick vacuum in the area where the pets hang out and wash bedding if possible. Rechecks are always recommended to see how the healing is going.

Written by: Martina Bailey, Customer Care Specialist

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Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Airdrie Animal Health Centre