A very common and mostly avoidable issue we see at Pet and Vet is ear problems for our Canine friends - which can cause them a lot of discomfort. For dogs and puppies common causes of ear infections are bacteria and yeast, and ear mites. Although prevention does depend on the underlying cause of the ear infection there are steps as an owner you can do to avoid an infection.
One of the first signs of an ear infection is the dog shaking his head and scratching excessively at his ears. You may also notice an abnormal odor from the ear or see redness or swelling. Most ear infections in adults are caused by bacteria and yeast, though ear mites are a common cause in puppies.
Prevention depends on identifying the underlying cause of the ear infection. In some cases the ear canal becomes moist from bathing, grooming or swimming. This moisture fosters the growth of microorganisms in the ear canal. Prevention in these cases can be as simple as cleaning the ear to remove the moisture and prevent the infection. However, in many cases an underlying cause may not be so easily identified.
Dogs that suffer from allergies, either environmental, such as pollens (grasses, trees and weeds), dust mites, moulds or food (beef, chicken, fish, soy, etc.) are predisposed to ear infections. Dogs that tend to grow hair in the inner ear canal are also susceptible to infections.
Routine cleaning with a gentle dog-approved ear cleaner may be necessary to reduce the frequency of recurrent ear infections in dogs with allergies.
If you have any further questions or concerns relating to your dog’s ear health, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our friendly staff.
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