Tips for a Dog with an Ear Infection
9 January, 2012
It is that time of year when dogs get colds and/or ear infections. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish the difference. If you see your dog scratching his or her ears and/or shaking its head, he or she could be suffering from an ear infection. Ear infection(s) in dogs can be caused by many factors. It could be due to ear mites, bacterial infections, food allergies, unhealthy environments, and improper dog hygiene.
First and foremost, if you think your dog has an ear infection, you should go to your veterinarian immediately. It is essential to treat a dog’s ear infection from the start. Therefore, it is important that all dog owners become well-informed about this condition.
THREE TYPES OF INFECTIONS
There are three types of ear infections in dogs – the outer ear infection, middle ear infection, and the inner ear infection. It is easy to know if your dog has an outer ear infection. You’ll often see the symptoms of this disease, which is usually characterized by inflammation and foul-smelling wax discharge.
Both the middle ear and inner ear are more severe than an outer ear infection. These types of ear infections require the help of a veterinarian because the condition can easily get worse and are often not curable unless special treatment is prescribed.
My ears hurt!
DOGS WITH FLOPPY EARS ARE MORE PRONE TO INFECTION
Ear infections are most common in dogs with floppy ears. Cocker spaniels are the most prone to this disease. Fungal infections are common to cocker spaniels because air fails to circulate freely in their ears. Air circulation is very crucial in maintaining the health of the dog’s ear. In floppy-eared dogs, small follicles of hair grow in their ears which block the air from coming in. These little hairs are usually overlooked by pet owners and are only taken care of when dogs are brought to the groomer.
EAR INFECTIONS CAN BE EASILY TREATED
Ear infections in dogs can be easily treated. In most cases, antibiotics or ear drops are prescribed. There are also home remedies that can help in treating this particular dog disease. The right treatment depends on what actually has caused the disease. Some ear infections may be contagious. So if you have other dogs inside your home, make sure that they don’t associate too much with the infected ones.
CHECK YOUR DOG’S EARS REGULARLY
Regularly check your dog’s ears to see if it has abnormal amounts of ear wax. Normal ear wax is usually odor free; however, if you smell a weird stench from your dog’s ear, there is a good chance that he or she has an infection. If this is the case, try to clean your dog’s ears gently. Don’t use Q-tips or cotton buds in cleaning. Instead, use cotton balls. Dip them in an ear cleaning solution obtained from the vet’s clinic.
I hope these tips help and your dog’s ear infection is short lived.