Dog Ear Infections

Does your dog suffer from itchy, gunky, smelly or even sore ears that don’t seem to improve? If your answer is yes, you’re not alone. Dog ear infections aren’t fun for you or your furry companion. 

Usually, dog owners get frustrated by how hard it can be to get rid of chronic ear issues. Finding a solution can be challenging but not impossible.

But, before we take a step to treat it, it’s important to understand what causes them. Read along to find out more!

 

Symptoms:

Our dogs will be pretty clear about letting us know something is wrong with their ears.

Ear infections are painful. Imagine how uncomfortable water in your ear can be. Then add to that the pain from inflammation. That’s what we are talking about!

Some of the symptoms you’ll notice in your dog are:

* Head shaking

* Scratching or pawing at ears

* Rubbing ears

* Hot ears

* Bad Odour

* Waxy discharge

* Crusting or scabs in the ear

 

Causes:

Dogs have ear canals that are more vertical than that of humans, tends to hold in fluid. This makes dogs more prone to ear infections. Ear infections are generally caused by bacteria, yeast, or a combination of both. In puppies, ear mites could also be an origin of infection.

Factors that may be contributing to ear infections in your dogs could be:

* Moisture, which can create a suitable growing environment for bacteria and yeast

* Allergies that may lead to ear diseases with allergic skin disease or even food sensitivities in dogs

* Endocrine disorders like thyroid disease

* Autoimmune disorders

* Wax build up

* Foreign bodies

* Injury to the ear canal

* Excessive cleaning

 

Treatment:

In case of mild ear infections in dogs, it’s advisable to thoroughly clean your dog’s ears using a medicated ear cleanser. In severe cases, it’s necessary that you visit the vet who may prescribe oral antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications for your dog.

Most uncomplicated ear infections resolve within 1–2 weeks, once appropriate and consistent treatment begins. In cases of severe chronic disease, a Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA) surgery needs to be performed which removes the ear canal, thus removing the diseased tissue and preventing the recurrence of infection. In some cases, it can take months to resolve the infection in case of chronic infections.

Lapses in your dog’s treatment may cause recurrence of the infection. It is quite important that you finish the full course of your dog’s medication, even if your dog appears to be feeling better. Negligence in finishing the full course of treatment may cause additional problems such as resistant infections.

 

Prevention:

As with most diseases, prevention is always better than cure. Excess moisture is the common cause of ear infections, so be sure to completely dry your dog’s ears after swimming and bathing. Use water free foaming cleansers more often like Fresh Me Up from Pet Natural Remedies. It keeps your dogs fresh and clean, keeping the moisture at bay and it is also formulated with natural and pet friendly ingredients for healthy shiny coat and skin. If your dog is prone to chronic or recurrent ear infections, identifying and managing any underlying causes such as allergies can help prevent new infections from occurring.

Cleaning your dog’s ears at home can intercept ear infections. It is advised to follow these steps for ear cleaning: First, fill the canal with a dog ear cleaning solution and massage the vertical ear canal from the outside. Wipe out the canal with absorbent light fabric. Don’t use paper towels or cotton as these may leave fibers behind, and those could cause annoyance. Cotton swabs can be useful for cleaning your dog’s pinnae (the external ear flaps) but avoid using them in the ear canal, which may accidentally push debris deeper into the canal.

 

If your dog is showing signs of an ear infection, seek a vet’s attention right away to ensure the problem does not become worse for you and your dog.

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