It is important to have your dog comfortable with having their ears checked on a regular basis. By doing so you will be able to notice any changes whether it is a foreign object or a possible infection. Early detection and preventions are always best.
Ear infections in dogs are common and most dogs will often suffer from these sometime in their lives. This can be a painful experience for pets and signs to look for include scratching the ear(s), rubbing the ears on surfaces and most common shaking or tilting the head. Other signs associated with an ear infection are abnormal odours, redness or swelling.
Ear infections in dogs can be caused by bacteria and yeast, in puppies ear mites are generally the cause.
Prevention for ear infections.
Prevention will be determined by what is the underlying cause or problem of the ear infection. Some dogs may suffer allergies that are related to the environment (grass, pollens, trees, weeds, mites, etc) or diet (beef, chicken, fish, etc) and some may be predisposed to ear infections.
Cleaning your dog’s ears on a regular basis with a cleaning solution can sometimes reduce the frequency of reoccurring infections. Cute as a button Dog Grooming includes an ear clean in most of the grooming services. For those of you who would like to learn how to do this, please ask and we will gladly demonstrate, so you can keep up the cleaning at home.
Treatment for ear infections.
A Vet needs to see your dog to diagnose the problem and then administer the correct treatment for you dog. Not all ear infections are the same. You may have medication at home for a previous infection, but it may not be correct one for the next time. It is important to always speak with a Vet before administering medications.