Fiona, the Corporate Puppy – now 3 years old – has an ear infection for the second time, and it made me wonder why our other dog – now 11 years old – has never had one. So I decided I needed to learn more about what causes ear infections in dogs, and how to prevent them. Here are a few things I’ve learned.
- Dogs with erect ears (like our Phoebe, for example) are far less prone to ear infections than dogs with droopy ears like Fiona’s. That’s because air can circulate around their ear canals better and helps keep things drier.
- Every dog’s ears should be checked regularly for signs of infection, including odor, redness, dirt or discharge.
- Ear infections can be painful and can lead to permanent damage, so if your dog shows any of those signs, you should talk to your vet right away.
- A dog who has had one ear infection is likely to have more, so his owners need to stay on top of it.
- Keeping the ear clean and dry is crucial. After a bath or swimming, you should be sure the ears are completely dry. And if you need to clean them, use a cotton ball and the ear cleaning solution your vet recommends.
- If your dog is scratching or digging at his ears, rubbing them against the furniture, or appears dizzy, out of balance, or confused, he may have an ear infection.
Remember that your dog relies on you to keep him healthy and safe. It’s your responsibility and he’s counting on you. See your vet if there’s any signs of an ear infection.
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