As a dog owner, you want your furry companion to be happy and healthy all the time. Unfortunately, just like people, dogs can get painful, irritating ear infections. This condition is relatively common. In fact, most dogs will have an ear infection at least once in their life.
If your dog shows signs of an ear infection, bring him to Village Vet of Urbana for care. We’re experts at providing treatments and helping owners learn how to prevent future infections.
Worried your dog might have an ear infection? Call Village Vet of Urbana at 301-228-0681 and schedule an appointment today.
Signs Your Dog Has an Ear Infection
Your dog’s survival instincts tell him not to show signs of pain. This can make it difficult to know when he isn’t feeling well. Still, if you know what to look for, you can identify an ear infection without great difficulty. The most common signs include:
- Redness or swelling of the ear canal
- Crusty skin or scabs on the outer ear
- Foul odor coming from the ears
- Frequent head shaking or tilting
- Scratching at the ears
- Loss of balance or walking in circles
- Hearing loss
If you spot any of these signs, bring your dog to Village Vet of Urbana for treatment.
Diagnosing the Cause of Dog Ear Infections
Moisture in the ear, bacteria, yeast, allergies, and parasites are all possible reasons your dog may develop an ear infection. Identifying the precise cause is critical in the treatment and prevention process.
When you bring your dog to Village Vet of Urbana, we’ll provide an accurate diagnosis so we can begin the correct treatment. A simple examination of the ear canal with a magnifying ear cone may be all that’s required. If we suspect a bacterial infection, we may send an ear discharge sample to the lab for analysis.
How to Treat Ear Infections in Dogs
The initial treatment involves gently cleaning your dog’s ears to remove the discharge. Then, we apply topical medication or administer oral medicine to begin fighting the infection. We’ll send medicine home with you and coach you on how to administer it. A follow-up appointment ensures the treatment is working properly.
Preventing Dog Ear Infections
It’s not uncommon for some dogs to experience recurrent ear infections. If your dog is prone to this problem, follow these prevention tips:
- Check your dog’s ears frequently for discharge and redness.
- Have your dog’s groomer remove excess hair from the ear canal.
- Clean your dog’s ears with a vet-approved canine ear cleaner. Use a cotton ball and the techniques we show you at our office—don’t stick a cotton swab or any other long, thin object into your dog’s ear canals! Follow our recommendations for how often to clean your dog’s ears based on his situation.
Schedule Your Visit to Village Vet of Urbana Today
Never ignore the symptoms of ear infections in dogs. If it appears that your pup is in pain, set an appointment at Village Vet of Urbana and let one of our knowledgeable veterinarians take a look. We’ll help your dog recover quickly and arm you with tips to prevent a repeat incident.