Canine Ear Infection: Prevention & Seeking Treatment

Ear Infection

Canine ear infection is usually caused by bacteria or yeast. Their ears are mostly vertical, moisture and debris are easily retained in the ear canal. Ear mites, excessive hair, moisture or wax, foreign bodies, allergies and hypothyroidism can be the contributing factor that leads to an ear infection.

Symptoms

  • Scratching of the ear or area around the ear
  • Brown, yellow, or bloody discharge
  • Odour in the ear
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Crusts or scabs on the inside of the outer ear
  • Hair loss around the ear
  • Rubbing of the ear and surrounding area on the floor or furniture
  • Head shaking or head tilt
  • Loss of balance
  • Unusual eye movements
  • Walking in circles
  • Hearing loss

How To Prevent Ear Infection

We can’t 100% prevent an ear infection, however, we could minimise the chances of your dog getting one. Like they always say, prevention is always better than cure.

  • Always check your dog’s ears for any abnormalities. Such as foul odour or redness around the ears.
  • If your dog’s ears appear dirty, gently use a cotton and ear solution prescribed by your vet to clean the area. Your vet will advise on how often you should clean your dog’s ears.
  • It is important to keep your dog’s ears dry after a swim or a shower. Moisture trap in your dog’s ear canals is where bacteria thrive and grow and will lead to an infection.
  • For dogs with excessive ear fur around the ear canal, it should be removed. You may seek help from the groomer or vet to show you how this is done.

When Should Your Dog See A Vet

If your dog shows any sign of the above symptoms, it is best to seek treatment. Ear infections can be painful and uncomfortable to your dog. Any delay treatment may cause more harm to both the ear canal and middle ear.

With the right diagnosis and medication, your dog will recover fast in no time.

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