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Ear Infection In Dogs And Puppies

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Dog and puppy ear infections

Signs:
1. Scratching ear
2. Tilting head
3. Discharge
4. Odor in the ear
5. Swelling and redness.
Actions
1. See a vet for medical attention.


What can I do for my dog’s ear infection?

If your dog exhibits any signs mentioned above they may have an ear infection.  This is fairly common and 1 in 5 dogs who visit the vet have some form of an ear infection. Because the infection can quickly travel from the outer ear to the inner ear, it is important to see a vet. Your dog will need to be on some medication for an ear infection.  Some breeds are more susceptible to ear infections than others. Here is a list from 1-800-PetMeds (1 800 Pet Meds has no affiliation with WDMD) of dogs who are more likely to develop ear infections:

Dog breeds most likely to develop ear infections because of allergies:

  • Any pet with hot spots (flea allergy dermatitis)
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Schnauzers
  • Setters
  • West Highland Terriers
  • Wheaten Terriers

Dog breeds most likely to develop ear infections because of ear canal skin characteristics:

  • Basset Hounds
  • Beagles
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Labradors
  • Setters
  • Shar Peis
  • Springer Spaniels

Dog breeds most likely to develop ear infections because of thick hair in the ear canal:

  • Lhasa Apsos
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Poodles
  • Schnauzers
  • Shih Tzus
  • Spaniels