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Ear problems in dogs

Ear infections are very common in some dog breeds because of the anatomy of the ear. The canal is much longer and covered by the ear flap and the combination of that and the length of the canal makes the inside of the ear warm and moist – ideal habitat for bacteria to flourish.
Many infections start from an allergy – dogs have a lot of mast cells which release histamine and certain other chemicals in response to an allergy. This ends up making the ear irritated, itchy and more wax is produced. The moist and warm conditions inside the ear increase, creating an even more perfect space for infections to start brewing.

There are cases when the problems are due to foreign bodies in the ear and not necessarily an infection.  Problems can also be caused by excessive hair growth inside the ear, bathing your dog too many times or using harsh ear cleaners.

You should always be watching your dogs closely to ensure you notice when anything seems different. The moment you notice them shaking their heads a lot, trying to reach the ears with a paw or whining – you should take a moment to inspect the ears and decide if you think it’s time for a visit to the veterinarian. Dogs deserve proper care and attention, they are like family – so issues like these should be taken seriously the moment you notice something might be wrong.

The method of the veterinarian will differ but most if not all, will start with a proper exam of your dog and their ears. You will need to inform them of your animal’s health history and that of his/her parents if you are aware of any health problems they had, this could help a lot with their diagnosis. Depending on the state of your dog’s ears, the vet might require blood work or a microscopic analysis of the ear discharge to help determine the root of the symptom.

There are various treatment methods for the most common ear problems, namely ear drops – this is easy to administer and the vet will show you how to do it quickly and easily avoiding any problems. Antibiotic tablets are also quite common, but a bit trickier to feed to a dog. A good tip is to hide the tablet in a doggy treat!

Your dog will need a love of love and care during this time, simply because they deserve it. It will be sensitive and sore until the medicine starts to work, spend time with your animal to make them feel safe and cared for.

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