6 Signs Of A Dog Ear Infection

dog ear infection symptomsWe don’t have to tell you how important your dog’s ears are! That’s why it’s super important to make sure you’re doing everything you can do care of them. Whether it’s bringing you pup in for monthly ear cleanings or doing it yourself.

Improper cleaning along with excessing bathing and swimming can lead to a dog ear infection, as can allergies, hypothyroidism and ear mites. Basically, anything that can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast can cause big problems for your puppy. And since dogs are so susceptible to ear infections, we thought it would be helpful if we rounded up the main symptoms of a dog ear infection.

  • Excessive Scratching: Sure, we’ve all seen our dog go to town on his/her ear, but if it’s constant, that’s a cause for concern.
  • Discharge: Red, yellow or brown-colored discharge is a warning sign.
  • Foul Odor: Your pup’s breath might smell, not his ears!
  • Swelling: You should definitely take your pet to the vet if ANY part of him/her is swollen.
  • Crusty Skin: Just like in humans, this can indicate an infection.
  • Excessive Head Shaking: This could indicate an ear infection. Plus, excessive head shaking can lead to other problems for your dog.

Just like with every unusual behavior your dog might be exhibiting, it’s important to let your veterinarian know as soon as possible. Also, if you don’t feel comfortable cleaning your dog’s ears by yourself, be sure to have your vet do it. We suggest marking it down on your calendar or setting a reminder in your phone to make sure it gets done.

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  1. […] One of the most common symptoms of itchy skin is dry skin. Think about your own human skin – when it’s deprived of the moisture it needs, it flakes, cracks and breaks down, often causing discomfort and significant itching. It’s no different for dogs. Talk to your vet if you notice flaky skin as to whether this problem may be attributed to diet or environment, and make the necessary adjustments to fix it for your pup. Don’t neglect it thinking it will go away; often times pups will continue to scratch until they scratch their skin raw, causing a painful infection. […]


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