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Dog Ear Infections

Definition of Ear Infections

Hearing is one of a dog’s keenest senses. Dogs rely upon sound and scent much more than they do upon eyesight, to navigate their way through the world. Dogs’ ears can become infected from the very outer edge of the ear flap all the way down into the ear canal. Ear problems are one of the main reasons that owners take their dogs to a veterinarian. Parasites commonly cause ear irritation in dogs. Fleas, lice, mites and ticks can all contribute to ear irritation, infection, scratching and self-inflicted wounds. Foreign objects that lodge inside the ears, such as foxtails and grass awns, are other common causes of ear irritation, inflammation and infection. Weather extremes can contribute to ear problems; moisture and heat create a rich habitat for yeast and bacterial proliferation, and icy weather can cause frostbite. Allergies are also often associated with ear discomfort.

Causes and Preventing Dog Ear Infections

A dog’s ears can become irritated for many reasons, from the outer edge of the ear flaps to the inner ear and at any place along the way. For purposes of this article, we will use the terms “ear inflammation,” “ear irritation,” “ear infection” and “ear problems or disorders” interchangeably. Our goal is to provide an overview of the things that commonly cause ear discomfort in dogs.Parasites – Parasites can cause tremendous ear irritation. Fleas

Symptoms of Ear Infections in Dogs

Hearing is one of the most important senses in dogs. Most canines rely upon hearing and smell to navigate their way through the world much more so than they rely upon sight, taste or touch. Ear problems are extremely common and, if left untreated, can cause affected animals to become miserable from itchiness and pain. There is no effective way for dogs to relieve their discomfort, other than rubbing, scratching and shaking their ears, which

Diagnosing Ear Infections in Dogs

Ear infections and other ear disorders are extremely common in domestic dogs and can be caused by a number of unrelated conditions. Fortunately, they are not particularly difficult to diagnose. Still, it is important for owners who think that their dog may have an ear problem to take it to the veterinarian as soon as possible, so that the condition can be evaluated and properly addressed. The initial data base for a dog showing signs

Treatment and Prognosis of Ear Infections in Dogs

When an owner suspects that her dog has something wrong with its ears, she should take it to a veterinarian as soon as she can. Ear disorders are extremely common in companion dogs, and they can progressively become very serious and irreversibly damaging if left untreated. The goals of treating ear irritation, inflammation and infection are to relieve the dog’s discomfort, reduce inflammation of the ear canal and associated structures, eliminate any primary or secondary

How to Clean Your Dog’s Ears

It is important to take time each week to examine your dog’s ears for signs of irritation, infection, dirt and parasites. These at-home ear exams don’t take long, and can help you identify minor issues before they become larger, more painful problems. Simply look inside each ear for signs or redness, discharge, dirt, or waxy buildup. If you notice any of the following, your dog likely has an ear infection and should be seen by

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