Ear infections in dogs are one of the most common problems seen at the Vet Clinic. If left untreated can become a chronic problem.
As the owner you will know your pooch better than anyone and this will allow you to identify changes. These changes can be redness of the ear, change in smell, discharge and/or pain. Many dogs will shake their heads, scratch at their ears and even in some cases tilt their head.
Common cause of Ear Infections:
- Swimming – water can become trapped in the ear canal creating an ideal warm/moist environment for bacteria.
- Ear mites – ear mites cause irritation to the ear canal as the mites burrow into the skin to feed.
- Foreign Bodies – dirt, plant material and grass seeds can become lodged causing irritation and infection.
- Bacteria and yeast overgrowth – certain conditions cause the microbes to multiply creating infection.
What to do?
If you suspect your dog of having an ear infection it is important to make an appointment with a Veterinarian. During your appointment, the Vet is able to examine down the ear canal using an Otoscope and establish the likely cause of the problem. A swab of the ear may also be taken and looked at down a microscope to establish what medication is needed to treat the condition.
Treatment may include ear drops, antibiotic and or anti-inflammatory tablets and even ear cleaners.
If you think your dog may have an ear infection, we recommend calling our team on 9707 3855 to book an appointment with one of our Veterinarians.