Ear infection in dogs is often discovered by the appearance of a red inflammation of the ear canal.
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 narrow ear canals 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!.
Most 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:
Upon closer inspection of the ear you may observe:
The most common types of infections
are either bacterial, fungal or yeast based.
Mite infections come from Otodectic mites of the cynotis type, and are frequently the instigators of ear infection or wax build-up especially in puppies and young dogs.
Much like other parasites, they are very invasive which means they will usually be present in both ears and may be found in various other places on the body.
If a dog
is scratching at both ears, it a pretty strong indication that he is hosting a population of ear mites.
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.
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Many secondary conditions can develop from an ear infection that is left untreated. So don't be tempted
to let the condition run its course.
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.