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Your Dog and Ear Infections

make your own dog ear cleanerDo you think your dog might have an ear infection? They are common in canines. There are many factors that can cause an ear infection in your dog. Some possible culprits may be allergies, ear mites, yeast, bacteria, and other things.

Here are some of the signs your dog may exhibit when they have an ear infection:

  • Head shaking
  • Scratching at the ear
  • Discharge
  • Odor
  • Redness and swelling in the ear canal.
  • Pain
  • Itchiness
  • Swelling
  • Crustiness or scabbing

If your dog is showing signs of ear infection it is important that you bring him into the vet right away. Quick treatment is necessary to keep it from spreading into the middle and inner ear. These can also be very painful for your dog to deal with. Thankfully ear infections are typically easy to treat when caught early. When you bring them into your vet, here are some of the things your vet will need to know:

  • Duration of symptoms such as swelling, pain, discharge, or odor.
  • If your dog has allergies.
  • What medications do they take?
  • How often do you clean their ears?
  • Have they recently been bathed, groomed, or went swimming?
  • Do they have a history of ear infections?

Your dog will be treated by thoroughly cleaning its ear with a medicated ear cleanser. A prescription for an ear cleanser and topical medication may be given to you for you to use at home. Other courses of treatment could possibly include oral antibiotics or anti-inflammatories.

It is important to follow up with your vet to make sure that your dog is clear of any infection. Prevention is the best thing to do so make sure that in the future you are thoroughly drying your dog’s ears after swimming and bathing. You can even get after swim drops for your dog’s ear to help dry them out.