Can dogs get ear infections? Yes, they can and Often Do. Read To see how to treat and prevent ear infections in dogs.
Ear infections in dogs are caused mostly by bacteria and yeast, Although, ear mites are a common cause in puppies. Ear infections in dogs are common infections most dogs suffer in their lifetime. Sometimes you will notice an unusual odor coming out from your pups ear, redness or swelling.
The common signs are: shaking of the head, scratching and rubbing at the ear mostly. Allergies and Hormone imbalances are another cause of Ear infections in dogs,
If you ever notice this common signs, visit your Vet, he will take a sample from the affected ear/ears and examine it under the microscope to help identify what microorganisms are present.
How To Treat Ear Infections In Dogs
Before you start cleaning your dog’s ear, you must first clean the affected ear(s) with a gentle cleaner as you know the ear will be very painful. Mostly use ones recommended by your Vet. The most effective way to clean your pups ear is to fill the ear canal with the cleaning solution (Vet Recommended) and place an appropriate-sized cotton ball in the ear canal opening, then gently massage the ear at the base.
The cotton balls serve the following several functions:
- As a lid to allow the fluid to go back and forth in the canal.
- Absorbs the excess solution
- Finally, it holds onto the debris as it comes up, letting you know what is down in the ear canal.
Note: You can clean dog as much as you can until the cotton balls come out clean. In most cases, this depends on how friendly you are with your dog.
Some Cautions To Take when cleaning your dog’s ear:
- Avoid using Q-Tip swabs. It may push debris deeper into the ear canal and damage and/or break the eardrum.
- Don’t use rubbing alcohol or solutions that may be irritating to inflamed skin.
- Once the ear canal has been cleaned, leave it to dry for about 8 to 10 mins.
- Now, pour the medication your Vet has prescribed (drops or medicated ointment).
In most cases, the length of treatment depends on the patient, severity of infection, and any changes to the ear that is; thickening of the tissue in the ear. While in some cases, oral medications like antibiotics, anti-yeast, anti-inflammatory are necessary. After proper treatment, your Vet will schedule rechecks to make sure the medications are working and the infection is cleared.
Prevention And Causes Of Ear Infections In Dogs
Preventing your dog’s ear infection involves identifying the basic cause of the infection. Sometimes the ear canal becomes moist from bathing, swimming, and grooming. In these cases preventing it is simple, All you just need to do is gently clean the ear as described above to prevent moisture and infection.
Nevertheless, Sometimes the basic cause of the infection may not be identified, Dogs that suffer from allergies, either environmental, such as pollens (grasses, trees, and weeds), dust mites, molds or food (beef, chicken, fish, soy, etc.) are predisposed to ear infections. The reason is because of the microscopic inflammation that allergies cause in the skin which allows overgrowth of bacteria and yeast organisms that normally inhabit the skin.
What microorganism is causing the ear infection and what is the underlying cause? Regular cleaning with a gentle dog-approved ear cleaner may be necessary to reduce the frequency of recurrent ear infections in dogs with allergies.
Finally, cleaning your dog’s ears after a bath or grooming appointment is a good way to prevent any potential infections.