My 11 month old cat has had an ear infection in both her ears for a long time. I have been taking her to my vet, and we have tried all kinds of medication, antibiotics in shot, pill, and drop form, and nothing seems to get rid of the infections. It started out as ear mites which we successfully got rid of; however, my vet says that in a few weeks if her infections are not gone, he will have to operate to drain the infections. I am concerned about possible side effects from this operation concerning her eyes. Should I be worried, and is there anything else that can be done before surgery? Please help me. Thank you.
If your pet is having a total ear ablation then the possible side effect is facial nerve paralysis. If your vet is experienced than I would feel confident that he/she will do a good job but sometimes complications do arise. Maybe you can go for a second opinion. I would have to see the ear to give you my opinion. Maybe there is a polyp in the ear or your cat has an allergy. Allergies can cause chronic ear infections. Allergy testing may be an option. I also recommend that the ear be cultured so the appropriate antibiotic can be used. You may want to try antibiotics for a longer period of time (1 mth duration). Good luck, vetcare