How To Prevent Dog Ear Infections

Causes of dog ear infectionDog Ear Infections

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Everyone that owns a dog should learn how to prevent dog ear infections.  Checking your dogs ears frequently will prevent infections.  Dirt, wax and parasites can lead to canine ear infections in dogs.

Healthy ears are pink.  Any signs of redness can be a sign of infection or inflammation.  A small amount of earwax is normal and healthy.  An excessive amount, a change in color or consistency can be a cause for concern.

If your dogs ears have a unusual smell, strong odor, or if he whines when you touch his ears, it may have a health problem, such as infection or dog allergies.

Cleaning your dogs ears regularly prevents wax and oil build up.  Excessive amounts of earwax can provide a fertile environment for bacteria and fungus.  You should regularly pull out the hair any hair in the ears of  your dog.  This improves air flow in the ear canal which prevents infections and infestations.

Ear infections in a dog can be uncomfortable and agonizing.  If left untreated, canine ear infections can compromise hearing and cause permanent deafness.

Canine anatomy which includes heavy overhanging ear flaps are a cause for infection.

The most common dog ear disease is otitis externa which is an inflammation of the external canal.  Otitis media which is a middle ear infection can develop from otitis externa and canine allergies is the biggest cause of infection.  About seventy five percent of dogs with a food allergy or atopy have ear disease.

Some ways to prevent infection in a dogs ears are:

  • cleaning dogs ears on a weekly basis
  • tape the ears over the dogs head for one to two hours each day to increase ventilation to the ear canal.
  • feeding an all natural diet

Routine dog ear care can prevent many ear problems.  Regular cleaning keeps the ears of your dog healthy and odor free.

Dog Ear Hematoma

Ear hematoma in dogsDog Ear Hematoma

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A dog ear hematoma is a sudden swelling of the ear flap that contains blood.  Causes of a hematoma in dogs are scratching, violent head shaking, or rough handling of the ears of dogs.  It can be easily mistaken for an abscess or a growth.  A canine hematoma can be very painful.  It usually happens in one ear, but can happen in both.

In the absence of known trauma to the dog ears, predisposing factors such as irritations and dog ear infections should be looked for and treated.

To prevent ultimate scarring and deformity of the dogs ears, blood should be released from the hematoma.  It can not be removed with a needle and syringe, as serum accumulates in the space formerly occupied by the blood clot.

The treatment for an ear hematoma in dogs involves surgery.  It involves the removal of a window of skin to provide open and continuous drainage.  The ear is then bandaged until it heals.  An Elizabethan collar can be used to keep the dog from scratching its ears after surgery.

Ear flap hematoma’s affects breeds with long, floppy ears.  Problems with dog ear mites and dog ear infections can cause a dog ear hematoma.  The canine ear can become red and infected and cause many problems if left untreated.  Ear infections in dogs can be prevented with regular grooming.

What Causes Dog Ear Infections

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Ear infections in dogs are a common health problem. Dirt, wax and insects are what causes dog ear infections. Checking your dog’s ears frequently will prevent infections.

Healthy ears are pink. Any signs of redness can be a sign of infection or inflammation. A small amount of earwax is normal and healthy. Wax is produced by glands in the outer part of the ear canal and it protects the ear canal and drum. An excessive amount or a change in color or consistency can be a cause for concern.

If your dog’s ears have an unusual smell or strong odor, it may have a health problem, such as an infection or allergies.

An ear infection in a dog can be uncomfortable and agonizing. If left untreated, canine ear infections can compromise hearing and cause permanent deafness,

Heavy and overhanging ear flaps are a cause of dog ear infections.

Yeast and bacteria live in a delicate balance in a healthy ear. Oil, moisture or excessive wax in the ear canal are what causes infections. A yeast infection in dogs takes full advantage of oily, waxy or moist conditions which disrupts the balance and creates inflammation and discomfort. Two main yeast infection symptoms are severe itching and a foul odor in the ear.

The most common ear disease is otitis externa which is an inflammation of the external canal. Otitis media which is a middle ear infection can develop from otitis externa. Allergies is the biggest cause of an ear infection. About seventy-five percent of dogs with a food allergy or atopy have ear disease.

Here are some inner ear infection symptoms:

Shaking, tilting, rubbing or scratching the head and ears more than usual

Excessive waxy or oily debris

Hair loss around the ears due to excessive scratching

Black debris that resembles coffee grains

Redness or inflammation

Discharge of any kind

Soreness to the touch

Foul smell

Bacterial infection, allergies or fungi can account for many of these signs, but coffee grains debris usually indicates ear mites in dogs. Mites are microscopic parasites that cause severe itching and require medical treatment. Your vet will treat the infestation with an insecticidal ointment for at least ten days. Frequent head shaking can result in blood clots in the ear flaps called a hematoma. Excessive scratching can lead to secondary infections.

Cleaning your dog’s ears regularly prevents wax and oil buildup. Excessive amounts of earwax can provide a fertile environment for bacteria and fungus. You should regularly pull out any hair in your dog’s ears. This improves airflow in the canal which prevents infections and infestations.

EAR MITES IN DOGS

Ear mites in dogs By Admin Ear mites in dogs are caused by tiny bugs which live in the earl canal and feed on skin debris.  They are the most common cause of ear infections in dogs and puppies.  Suspect … Continue reading