Ear Infection In Dogs
This article discusses ear infection in dogs which usually goes hand in hand with an inflammation of the ear. Ear disorders can affect any part of the ear canal - the external or outer ear, the middle or the inner ears. As you can imagine, it's best to identify an ear disorder before it spreads to a deeper level of the ear canal. Infections are one of the most common disorders affecting the ears of dogs.
However, it is especially common for those breeds that have ear canals that are narrow such as Cocker Spaniels or those with pendulous ears, like Beagles. Dogs with ear flaps that are extra hairy on the inside such as Poodles and Schnauzers are also prone to infections and heavy wax build-up because excessive hair impairs air circulation.
However, unless medically advised, it is not a good idea to have this hair plucked out by the groomer as this procedure causes the skin to excrete serum, resulting in the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
While some breeds are more likely to have ear troubles, ear infection in dogs is such a frequent issue among all canines, that there's a good chance your dog will be affected at some time during his life.
So take a look at your dog's ears right now. What do they look like?
Hopefully, you will see a healthy ear with skin that is a pinkish color. Don't panic if you see a small amount of brownish-black wax present - that's quite normal in a healthy ear.
Now give them a sniff - if there's no unpleasant odor, that's a good sign!
When there's an infection present, a dog's ears will not only look bad, they will also smell bad!.
Ear Infection In Dogs - The SignsMost of the time you'll know when your dog has an ear infection because he'll give you quite a few clues by his behavior, such as:
Types Of Ear Infection In DogsThe most common types of infections are either bacterial, fungal or yeast based.
Their presence in the ear causes intense irritation, inevitably resulting in piercing of the skin. When this happens serum is secreted which, combined with their own debris, builds up to create a thick discharge that can lead to ear canal blockage and subsequent infection.
Ear mites are very contagious and can easily spread between pets.
Ear Infection In Dogs - What To DoMany secondary conditions can develop from an ear infection that is left untreated. So don't be tempted to let the condition run its course.
Ear infections are best handled from the start by getting a diagnosis from your veterinarian. This is because it is very important to identify the underlying cause before determining the method of treatment. If you try to treat an ear infection at home without sufficient information, you may just make the condition worse or even cause damage. Plus, any delay in getting to a vet, could result in the infection progressing into a deeper level of the ear canal where it is harder to treat, and more painful to your dog.
By the same token, traditional vets will usually differ in their treatment approach to ear infection in dogs, than holistic veterinarians. Mainstream vets usually favor the use of antibiotics, anti-fungal drugs and the like. On the other hand, holistic vets are more likely to favor non-drug treatments - initially. Typically, they will start out with natural remedies to treat the root causes, such as allergies, while at the same time strengthening the immune system with herbs like echinacea, to fight the infection.
To avoid ear infection in dogs, the best thing you can do once a dog's ear has been restored to health, is to keep it healthy with regular cleaning and a natural dog food diet.
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