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Dog Ear Infections

Ear infections can cause many uncomfortable signs and symptoms for our beloved pets. Some of the signs or symptoms are so minimal that the infection can go unnoticed. While ear infections usually are not life threatening, they can be quite severe and cause pain and cause us humans to need answers. Listed below are many of the most common ear infection questions that have been answered by Experts. 

What are ear infections?

Ear infections may be caused by a yeast or bacterial problem or, 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 are the signs of an ear infection?

In some cases, there may not be any signs or symptoms at the beginning of an ear infection. However, while the infection is left untreated the signs then become noticeable • Rubbing/scratching at the head, face
• Shaking the head
• Intense itching of the ears
• 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
• 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
• Redness around the ear flaps
• Hair loss in and around the ears
• Ulcers, sores, scabs around the ears
• Loss of Balance
• Mild to severe pain if the ears are touched this may be shown by whining or yelping.
• Pain may occur when the mouth is opened
• A dog may circle in the way of the affected side
• Severe dizziness

What could cause ear infections to reoccur?

Food allergies, fungal infections, parasites and even hypothyroidism can cause reoccurring ear infections. Typically, the most common is atopic dermatitis (skin allergy) and usually comes as a secondary infection.

What are the most common treatment options?

Depending on the type of ear infection, the treatment options outside of ear drops are, oral medications or ear flushing.

Are there certain dog breeds that are more susceptible to getting an ear infection?

Allergies may make a dog more susceptible for bacterial ear infection. Typically dogs that have long floppy ear such as, golden retrievers, poodles or cocker spaniels. Schnauzers may be one of many dogs that grow hair inside the ear canal; this could cause a dog to develop a bacterial ear infection. For more information regarding bacterial ear infection such as, can a dog give a bacterial infection to a human or can a dog die from a bacterial infection.

Ear infections can differ from each individual dog, and unique circumstances. Depending on each specific case will determine treatment options. For answers to your specific needs, ask a dog health Expert on JustAnswer today. 

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