Puppy Ear Concerns
Possible Puppy Ear Infection
My puppy (5 months old) has had thick black/dark brown ear wax. There are excessive amounts and when I cleaned the ear it slightly red and there are white bumps visible inside.
Thick black/dark brown ear wax and white bumps in your puppy's ear could be a sign of an ear infection, ear mites, or some other issue. Here are some possibilities:
Ear infection: A bacterial or yeast infection can cause inflammation, excessive ear wax production, and other symptoms. It may be more common in breeds with floppy ears, as their ear structure can create a moist environment that promotes the growth of bacteria and yeast.
Ear mites: These are tiny parasites that can cause dark, thick ear wax (sometimes described as resembling coffee grounds) and irritation. Ear mites are more common in young animals.
Allergies: Allergies can cause inflammation and irritation in the ears, leading to excessive wax production and possibly white bumps.
Foreign bodies: Sometimes, objects like grass seeds or other debris can get lodged in the ear, causing irritation and infection.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, it's essential to take your puppy to the vet as soon as possible:
- Persistent head shaking or scratching at the ears
- Foul odor from the ears
- Pain or sensitivity when you touch the ears
- Swelling or redness in the ear canal
A veterinarian should examine your puppy's ears, determine the exact cause of the problem, and recommend appropriate treatment. This may include cleaning the ears, administering medication, or prescribing allergy treatments, depending on the diagnosis. It's essential not to use any over-the-counter treatments or home remedies without consulting a veterinarian first, as they may not be appropriate for your puppy's situation and could potentially make the problem worse.
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Dog Health Guide