Pets & Ear Infections

An ear infection is one of the most common conditions we see in the pet insurance claims we receive from policyholders. Especially common in long-eared breeds like Cocker Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, and Poodles, ear infections are typically caused by bacteria, yeast, or ear mites in the ear. Ear infections cause a lot of pain and discomfort if not identified and treated early. The following information will help pet owners prevent or recognize the condition in their own pets. And if you suspect a problem with your pet’s ears, see your veterinarian for proper evaluation.

Claim Examples

The following are examples of pet insurance claims for ear infections:

Breed: Shih Tzu
Diagnosis: Otitis externa (yeast) left ear
Treatment Cost: $114.20

Breed: Golden Retriever
Diagnosis: Otitis externa, possible foreign body
Treatment Cost: $296.60

Breed: Standard Poodle
Diagnosis: Otitis externa
Treatment Cost: $173.26

Breed: Mixed Breed
Diagnosis: Otitis externa/allergies
Treatment Cost: $190.40

* Note: Treatment costs do not include exam fees.

Signs of an Ear Infection

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Shaking head

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Scratching ears

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Blood on the outside of the ear

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Dragging head on carpet or furniture

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Abnormal discharge or odor from the ear

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Tilting the head

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Abnormal movement of eyes


Dog and Cat Chronic Ear Infections & Treatment

Learn about chronic ear infections in your dog or cat, causes and treatments

Dangers of Self-Treating Dog & Cat Ear Infections

Learn about the dangers of treating your dog or cat's ear infection without seeing your vet

Learn How to Clean Your Dog or Cat's Ears & Prevent Ear Infections

Learn how the right way to clean your dog or cat's ears and prevent ear infections

Additional Resources