Ear Infection In Dogs - Causes
The causes of ear infection in dogs are many and varied. While an ear infection may appear to come from out of nowhere, there is generally an underlying cause, though it may not be an obvious one.
Because ear infections are common dog health problems, your dog will likely fall victim to one sooner or later. Part of the reason for this lies in the anatomy of a dog's ear which makes it attractive to parasites, fungus, bacteria, as well as the collection of plant debris while out on walks. And once any of these life forms take up residence, they can raise havoc and drive your dog crazy!
No doubt, as a caring owner, you will want to help your dog avoid these pesky and painful ear problems as much as possible. Learning about what can cause a dog ear infection will put you in the best position to do this. Plus you'll be sparing him from a lot of serious discomfort and the necessity to visit that "scary" place known as the vet's office!
So let's get to it.
Ear Infection in Dogs - CausesOne of the main causes of ear infection in dogs is something an owner can remedy immediately: wet ears!
While the inside of a dog's ear already has a certain natural level of yeast and bacteria, excessive moisture remaining after bathing or swimming can change this balance, allowing bacteria to build up and trigger an infection. Yeast and bacteria love and thrive in a moist environment - particularly when it is also warm and dark.
Not only is it a good idea to dry your dog's ears thoroughly after they are exposed to water, but also to look for foreign object that may have entered the ear during a swim. Foreign objects remaining in the ear can lead to the development of an ear infection.
Here are some other causes:
On a side note, when it comes to air circulation in a dog's ear, you may hear some people indiscriminately recommend plucking out hair inside the ear to improve circulation. One reason dogs have hair in their ear is to protect it from substances that might invade the ear canal. Another thing to keep in mind is that after hair is plucked out, a serum is excreted which turns out to be irresistible to bacteria.
In my view, hair should only be removed for a medical reason and upon the advice of a vet. A hair mat blocking the ear canal and causing secondary problems might be a valid reason for removal, but consulting with a professional is always a good decision when it comes to dog ear problems.
So there you have it, now you know some of the main causes of ear infection in dogs. I hope you put this information together with regular ear inspection and cleaning to keep your dog's ears as healthy as they can be.
If you have made it to the bottom of this page, you are a blessing to your dog - as he is to you.
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