Guide To Dog Ear Infection Treatment
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"Dog ear infections can be infuriatingly
difficult to treat and account for 20% of visits to the veterinarian.
They are more easily treated if caught early as an otitis externa or
outer ear problem. Look
for telltale signs such as dog's that scratch or paw at the ears and
head shaking. Skin irritation and itch may or may not be present. Other
signs include ears that cause pain to the dog when touched or
inflammation inside the ear. Dogs that continually scratch the ear can
cause a more serious problem which results in the rupturing of the
Common causes of dog ear infection are water trapped in the ear, foreign material (grass awns), yeast, atopy (inhaled seasonal allergy), hypersensitivity to foods, bacteria, immune mediated or autoimmune diseases (pemphigus foliaceus) or mites (Otodectes and Demodex).
on the underlying condition and should be in consultation with
a veterinarian. If caught early, ear infections in dogs can be easily
treated. Treatment options range from prescription antibiotics or
antifungal agents, ear cleansers and natural ear drops. Veterinarians
often add a glucocorticoid such as prednisone, which can help reduce
inflammation and improve the speed of healing. Do not apply any
cleanser or treatment before speaking to a veterinarian and avoid
alcohol based products, as these can be irritating."
For prevention, all dogs should have canine ear hair plucked on a regular basis, particularly those breeds that are susceptible to a dog ear infection."
Cocker Spaniel with Otitis (Ear Infection)
Photo Credit: Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine."