Since time immemorial, dogs have been referred to as man’s best friend. And if you have pets in your home, you know for a fact that most of them, especially dogs, tend to be very loyal. They are an addition to our own families and we literally have to take care of them like we do ourselves. Health, grooming, feeding, nature calls – basically, pets too have matters than need attention.

Dog At Vet

In this post, we will be talking about your dog’s health and in particular dog ear infections. Ear infections are very common in dogs. Most pet owners have said that their dogs would shake their heads vigorously, some would scratch their ears in desperation, while others would just have debris in their ears. Therefore, as a pet owner, you need to watch your dog from time to time to see if you notice some funny behavior. If possible, inspect the dog’s ears to see if there is debris that could be alarming.

With dog ear infections being a common struggle for pet owners, here are some major causes of the infection that need your attention. Read on…

  • Allergy infections –Just like humans, dogs might develop an allergy for certain foods or substances in the air. These allergies are the biggest cause of ear infections in dogs. The allergic reaction then causes the ears to produce excess wax, creating the perfect environment for yeast and bacteria growth.

Allergies can be very stubborn and difficult to get rid of. However, by taking your dog to the vet for some tests, the allergen that caused the infection can be found and your vet will determine the right treatment for your dog. For example, antihistamine is one of the best medications to reduce swelling and itchiness.

  • Yeast and bacterial infections – According to several vets, dog ear infections can also be caused by various types of yeast and bacteria. When the ears are in good condition, they normally have a defense mechanism against yeast and bacteria. In the event that the ears swell or begin to itch, the defense mechanism may be damaged, which will lead to yeast and bacterial infections.

The yeast and bacterial infection will give your dog’s ears a bad smell and lead to some ghastly discharge oozing down the ears. In the event that your vet suspects any bacteria or yeast infection, he will probably take swabs from the dog’s ears for more testing. If the results come out positive, your dog will be given oral antibiotics for the bacteria and anti-fungal drugs for the yeast infection.

  • Mite infections –Mites are small parasites than can be found in a dog’s head and auditory canal. When these termites get to the dog’s ears, they cause a serious infection. With the infections, the ears will begin to swell, the auricle will be damaged from the scratching and you might notice some bleeding.

When that happens, you should take your dog to the vet for further examination and for the right treatment to be administered.

Finally, watch out for the above symptoms and any other symptoms that your dog might be having. No matter what, do not try to treat your dog’s ears without consulting your vet.




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