What causes ear infections in dogs?
Ear infections in dogs are very common because the cause has many sources including: bacteria, allergies, ear canal blockage, yeast, mites and hair growth inside ear.
What are symptoms of an ear infection?
- Disorientation or lack of balance
- Constant circling
- Excessive head tilt or head shaking
- Ear odor or redness within canal
- Swelling in or around the ear
- Unusual eye movements
- Excessive scratching
How do vets test for ear infections?
Your trusted veterinarian will take a sample from the affected area and examine the microorganisms via microscope
How do I treat or clean my dog’s ears?
The first course of action is to visit the vet for an examination and explicit instructions on treatment. If you have been advised to clean your dog’s ears at home here is the best practice:
Fill canal with solution, clean canal and ear base several times until cotton ball comes out clean. NEVER use a Q-tip as this can compact debris further down the canal. DO NOT use rubbing alcohol or any other irritants. Ensure ear is completely dry, then apply ointment suggested by vet.
How can I prevent ear infections?
- Check ears regularly
- Clean ears regularly
- Dry insides of ears after swimming, bathing or grooming
- Remove hair inside ear