Ear infection in dogs

During this month at Vetcall Mudgeeraba we have been seeing quite a few ear infection cases in our dogs, canine ear infections are most commonly caused by bacteria or yeast. Ear mites, excessive hair in the ear, moisture, wax, foreign bodies and allergies can all be contributing factors in the development of an ear infection. The ear canal in dogs is mostly vertical (unlike a human ear canal that is horizontal), it is easy for debris and moisture to be retained in the ear canal.

How can you tell if your dog has an ear infection?

The following symptoms may indicate that your dog needs to have his ears checked by a veterinarian:

  • Scratching of the ear or area around the ear
  • Brown, Yellow or bloody discharge
  • Odor in the ear
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Crusts or scabs on inside of the outer ear
  • Hair loss around the ear
  • Rubbing of the ear and surrounding area on the floor or furniture
  • Head shaking
  • Hearing loss

If any of this can happen from an ear infection how can we prevent it?

Make sure to check your dog’s ears regularly, if there is any dirt in the outer ear gently clean with a cotton ball dampened with a solution suggested by your veterinarian. After baths and swimming, be sure to dry your dog’s ears thoroughly. If your dog has excessive hair in the outer ear canal it should be removed, a groomer can do this for you, or you can ask your veterinarian to show you the proper technique for removing the hair.