Dog Ear Infection Medicine

"Dog ear infection medicine is used to treat infections caused by yeast, mites or bacteria. Infections are usually seen in dogs with flpppy ears or breeds that have hair around the ear canal or that swim frequently. Treatment options include antibiotics and natural remedies."

Dog ear infection medicine is usually called for when an ear infection is caused by bacteria, yeast or mites. Infections are common in dogs.

The two most common ear infections are otitis externa, infection of the ear canal, and otitis media, infection of the middle ear. Otitis externa may be a bacterial or yeast infection. Waxy build-up and dense, matted hair may also lead to an infection. It may also be an infection of ear mites.

Middle ear infection usually results when ear canal infection spreads, or when improper cleaning or foreign bodies rupture the ear drum, spreading infection to the middle ear. Dogs with pendulous ears, like cocker spaniels and basset hounds, and dogs with hairy inner ear flaps, like miniature poodles and schnauzers, are more susceptible to ear infections than other breeds.

Allergy may play a role in dog ear infection, but it is less common.

Symptoms Where Dog Ear Infection Medicine is Needed

There are many symptoms that would indicate a dog ear infection.

Diagnosis Dog Ear Infection Medicine is Needed

It is a simple matter to diagnose whether dog ear infection medicine is needed. Your vet will look inside your dog’s ears and will be able see if the ear looks infected and if the ear drum is intact. He or she will use a cotton swab to take a sample of material from inside your dog’s ears and examine it under a microscope. If there is an infection, it will be readily apparent.

Your vet may take an x-ray to see if there is a foreign body in your dog’s middle ear, because that may not be visible just by looking into the ear.

Dog Ear Infection Treatment

Your vet will thoroughly clean your pet’s ears at the time the diagnosis of an ear infection is made. If there is a foreign body in your dog’s ear or if the ear drum has ruptured, surgery may be required.

Antibiotics will probably be necessary to treat the infection. These will be given orally, usually for a period of fourteen days. You will also need to clean your dog’s ears daily and may need to administer medicated ear drops. Your vet will show you the proper way to clean your dog’s ears.

If your dog's environment is contaminated (eg; mites) then an insecticide will be recommended such as Benzarid Environmental Spray.

It is generally recommended that you clean your dog’s ears weekly when he is healthy. Your vet can recommend a cleaning solution for you to use to do this. Regular cleaning can help prevent infection in the future.

Home Remedies for Dog Ear Infection

dog ear infection medicineNatural ear drops can safely be used to treat and prevent ear infections. Look for ingredients such as:

One product that is formulated using  all of these ingredients is  Pet Alive Ear Dr. for dog ear mites and ear infections.



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