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Treatment for Ear Infection in Dogs

Ear infections are a common problem in dogs, especially in dogs with long floppy ears. Today's post looks at the signs of ear infections in dogs, and what you could do if your pup's ears aren't as healthy as they should be.

Your Dog's Ears

A dog's ears are more susceptible to ear infections because of the shape of their ear canals. If your dog swims a lot or has long floppy ears they will be even more prone to ear infections since moisture can become trapped in the ear and create an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive.

If your pooch does get an ear infection, by seeing a vet early there's a good chance that it can be cleared up quickly and easily. That said, if the early symptoms of infections are left untreated much more severe ear infections can develop, possibly resulting in symptoms such as loss of balance and coordination, pain and in severe cases facial paralysis.

Causes of Ear Infections in Dogs

By far the number one cause of ear infections in dogs is bacteria, however, yeast, fungus and ear mites can all lead to your pup's ears becoming infected and painful. Some other causes of dog ear infections include foreign objects lodged in the ear, trauma, and tumors or polyps.

Signs of Ear Infection in Dogs

As you can imagine, ear infections can be very painful for your dog. If your dog shows any of the following signs of an ear infection contact your vet immediately to book an examination for your pet. Early treatment of ear infections can help to prevent severe pain and other serious symptoms from developing.

Common signs of ear infections in dogs include:

  • Pawing or rubbing at the ear
  • Brown, yellow or bloody discharge
  • Odor in the ear
  • Redness inside of the ear
  • Head shaking
  • Tilting head
  • Crusts or scabs inside the ear
  • Swelling of the ear

Severe ear infections in dogs can lead to symptoms such as:

  • Hearing loss
  • Loss of coordination or balance
  • Unusual eye movements
  • Walking in circles

How Dog Ear Infections Are Treated

If your pup has an ear infection your vet may spend some time cleaning your dog's ear with a medicated cleanser. Once the underlying cause of the infection has been determined, your vet will likely prescribe antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medications appropriate for treating your pet's ear infection. A topical solution may also be prescribed with instructions on how to apply it to your dog's ears at home.

With early treatment, an uncomplicated ear infection will typically clear up within a week or two. If your dog's ear infection is more severe or is caused by an underlying health condition, treatment may be more challenging and could take months to resolve. More severe cases often result in chronic or repeated ear infections over the course of the pet's lifetime.

Carefully following your veterinarian's instructions will be essential to clearing up your dog's ear infection as quickly as possible. Not finishing prescriptions, or stopping treatment before the infection has completely cleared could lead to a recurring infection that becomes increasingly difficult to treat.

Veterinarians often recommend a follow-up appointment for dogs being treated for ear infections. This is because, even when it appears that the infection has cleared up there may still be traces of infection that are difficult for owners to spot.

Preventing Ear Infections in Dogs

Our Tucson vets believe that prevention is always better than treatment when it comes to ear infections. To help prevent your furry friend from developing an ear infection it is important to keep your pet's ears clean and dry.

Speak to your vet about the best cleaning solution to use for your dog, take the time to gently clean your dog's ears on a schedule recommended by your vet, and always dry your dog's ears whenever your pooch comes out of the water.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If your canine companion is suffering from ongoing or chronic ear infections contact us! Our team of Tucson veterinary team provides advanced diagnostics and treatments for dogs with more complicated health concerns. 

Treatment for Ear Infection in Dogs

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