Common Dog Ear Problems and Symptoms

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Dog ear problems are noticeable, but you must be able to differentiate between them to give the best treatment. Floppy-eared pups are more vulnerable to ear issues, but any dog can be affected by an ear problem. Here are the most common dog ear problems:

Allergies – the most common cause of dog ear problems is an allergic reaction of some sort. Allergies can be caused by environmental irritants or food ingredients. Symptoms of an allergy are inflamed ears and paws.

Ear infections – Ear infection may be an ongoing problem if you have a floppy-eared dog. The warm, moist environment created by the fold in the ear flap is a target for bacterial growth. Yeast and bacterial growth will cause odor in the ears.

Debris in ears -  Foxtails, plant awns, and other debris can get inside the dog’s ear. Use a flashlight and inspect your dog’s ear; debris can wedge itself quite deeply. Don’t insert anything inside your dog’s ear as you may cause further damage.

Parasites –Mites, fleas and tick bites can cause swelling, hair loss and crusty skin.

Trauma – An injury can cause swelling or a dog ear hematoma. An animal bite or other trauma can allow blood and fluid to build up between the cartilage and the skin of the ear flap. Even vigorous scratching or head shaking can cause this ear condition.

Hormone disorder – Hypothyroidism and adrenal malfunctions can cause ear problems.

If you notice an ear problem with your dog, check with your  vet immediately to get the proper treatment.


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