|Purred: Tue Feb 23, '10 11:14pm PST |
|I agree with Precious mostly, but I will point out that if a kitty needs to have her ears cleaned, a vet can show you how to do it safely. When Gracie had ear mites, it took a couple of visits before they would show up on a glass sample, so the first time the vet sent us home with instruction on how to clean her ears, and said to keep an eye on them for a few days to see if that would help.
It didn't, and when we went back they were able to take a better sample that showed the mites. I wish they had been able to do so the first time. Untreated ear mites can lead to ear infections, and those are NOT FUN. After her mites were gone, Gracie still had super gunky ears. We went back to a different vet, and they diagnosed an infection. It took about 3 weeks of drops to clear that secondary problem up, and Gracie was not happy at all (but at least she got so used to being manhandled that you can practically give her any pills or drops and she'll put up with it rather than fight it).
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