Got Dog Ear Problems?
How many times has your dog visited the vet for ear problems? One of the first signs of ear trouble is scratching. You may also notice an odor in the ear, redness, swelling, dried blood, and hair loss. Doggie lifestyle and nutrition play a huge role in what may cause chronic ear infections. Yet some breeds like golden doodles and schnauzers grow hair inside the ear, making them highly susceptible to ear infections. There are many reasons dogs get ear infections; there are many solutions as well.
Moisture from bathing or swimming leaves a breeding ground for microorganisms. When bathing, cup your dog’s ear shut to avoid water getting in the ears. Be sure to dry your dog’s ears as thoroughly and carefully as you can.
Allergies may cause lots of discomfort. Dogs may be allergic to a variety or combination of things: foods, fleas, pollens, dust mites, and grasses. Some dogs suffer from more than one type of allergy. If you suspect an allergy, see your veterinarian to determine the root cause and begin treatment.
Ear mites are a common cause of ear infections in puppies. If ear mites are your dog’s troubles, seek proper treatment from your vet. Just remember to treat all pets in the home simultaneously, even if they are not showing symptoms of infection.
Yeast is difficult to control. You will need to adjust the diet to a grain-free diet, disinfect the ears daily, and apply cream if prescribed by the vet. You can disinfect your dog’s ears with a solution such as NaturVet or with witch hazel and large cotton balls or gauze. Remove all build-up from the ears at each cleaning. Never put Q-tips into your dog’s ear canal.
What you can do:
- Regularly check your dog’s ears for odor in the ear, redness, swelling, dried blood, and hair loss.
- Keep the inner ear free of hair or ask your groomer to remove it.
- Clean your dog’s ears when they appear to be dirty.
Watch this video to learn How to Clean Your Dog’s Ears.