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Ear Infections in Dogs

What are ear infections in dogs?

Typically a dog may get an ear infection; usually ear infections may be caused by a yeast or bacteria problem within the ear. There may be many things that could cause a bacterial or yeast infection such as, ear mites, water stuck in the ear, a tumor or over growth of hair. There may be a possibility that an infection may cultivate from allergies, large amounts of ear wax or hypothyroidism. There may be some cases where a dog could get an ear infection from, swimming, lack of hygiene or in proper cleaning of the ear or excessive bathing.

What the signs of ear infections in dogs?

In some cases where a dog has an ear infection, the symptoms may be very noticeable. A dog may not have any signs or symptoms at the beginning of an ear infection. Typically after a little while a dog may have one or many different symptoms such as:
• Rubbing/scratching at the head, face
• Shaking the head
• Intense itching of the ears
• A dog may have yellow, green or brown discharge, this may come from one or both ears.
• Excessive ear wax, this could be dry, dark or sticky
• There may be a foul odor in or around the ear
• A dog’s ears may be hot to feel or even swollen
• The head may have a slight tilt towards the side that is infected
• The upper lip may droop (this typically only happens if the inner ear is infected)
• Some hearing loss may occur
• In some cases a dog may experience redness around the ear flaps
• Hair loss in and around the ears
• Ulcers, sores, scabs around the ears
• Balance loss
• Mild to severe pain if the ears are touched this may be shown by whining or yelping.
• In some cases pain may occur when the mouth is opened
• A dog may circle in the way of the affected side
• Severe dizziness

Read below where an Expert has answered many frequently asked questions pertaining to ear infections in dogs. These questions may include, are there any home remedies for ear infections in dogs and can a dog pass an ear infection to another dog.

What could cause a dog to have repeated ear infections?

There may be many reasons why a dog could be having reoccurring ear infections. Most likely the cause may be atopic dermatitis. Typically atopic dermatitis may be better known as a skin allergy; this may not only be a secondary reason for an ear infection. There may also be other causes such as, food allergy, fungal infections, parasites or hypothyroidism.

Is there any other way to treat an ear infections other than ear drops?

In some cases a dog may be able to be treated with an oral medication verses an ear drop. This may depend on what type of ear infection that the dog is suffering from. This type of treatment may not be as effective as the ear drops. There may be another option; the dog may be taken to a vet for an ear flush. This may typically be done just before oral medication is started. The dog may need to be sedated for this treatment.

Can human get ear infections from their dog?

It may not be very possible that a human would contract an ear infection from a dog. There may be cases where a human has contracted ear mites from a dog. Typically this may have to be done by actually placing debris from the dog’s ear into a human ear.

Ear infections in dogs can be a mild or severe condition, this may all depend on how long and what type of infection the dog has had. In some cases a dog could even become partially or permanently def from an ear infection. For more information regarding ear infections in dogs such as, what medications treat ear infections in dogs and can a dog die from an ear infection.

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