Ear infections in dogs are quite common. Dogs with droopy ears seem to be more susceptible to ear infections.
Dogs display many external signs—excessive head shaking, whining, scratching the infected ear, and tilting the head toward the side of the infected ear—when they have ear infections.
Pet parents should be observant of these signs and seek immediate medical help.
The ear canal in dogs is L-shaped and tends to hold fluid, thus, making them susceptible to infections.
Foreign particles, wax buildup, moisture, certain health conditions (eg, endocrine disorders), and injuries act as risk factors of ear infections. Besides, excessive ear cleaning can also be a risk factor.
Ear infections can be caused by bacteria and yeast, ear mites, allergies, and hair that grows at the depth of the ear canal. Ear infections are troublesome and need immediate medical attention.
A veterinarian will examine the dog’s ear, either visually or using an otoscope, for signs such as swelling, redness, and malodorous discharge.
The intensity of pain is assessed by gentle ear palpation. The ear swabs may be analyzed microscopically and may be sent for culture tests.
Biopsies or X-rays may be prescribed in severe and chronic cases.
Excess moisture is one of the common causes of ear infections; hence, drying the dog’s ears after swimming and bathing are important.
Also, getting their ears cleaned on a regular basis is vital.
Hope this helps you understand and take proper steps to better treat ear infections in your dog.
Source: All About Pets. Ear Infection in Dogs. 2021;1(2):6.
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