If you've noticed your dog flipping and flapping his head around like crazy or pawing at his ears, it could be an infection in his ears. Take a good look in your dog's ears. If you they look dirty or are red or swollen, it could be an ear infection. Read on for further information about how ear infections could occur and how to care for your dog's ears.
How Ear Infections And Other Ear Issues Occur
Ear infections can occur for a number of reasons. They could happen if your dog has a lot of moisture in his ear, especially after a bath, playing in the water or even from excessive sweating. If you have a lot of dust and dander in your home it can also affect your dog's ears and lead to a buildup of dirt in his ears. This buildup can eventually lead to an infection.
Dust mites may be irritating your dog's ears and causing itchiness or a rash.
If your dog is doing a lot of pawing and scratching at his ears it can also cause him to scrape the skin in his ears, which could get infected and make your dog's ear problem worse.
Allergies are also a reason why your dog's ears look red, swollen or irritated. Allergens such as pollen, grass, food, or dust can be just a few of the causes.
Ear Care Tips
If your dog has an infection or a lot of buildup in his ears, it could be painful to your dog. All of that itching, scratching and pawing may not feel so great for your pooch. All of that oozing filth coming from your dog's ears can begin to stink as well. Prevent infections by caring for your dog's ears properly.
- Dry your dog thoroughly, even his ears after he's been playing in the water or after a bath. Leave your dog's ears flipped up so they can dry out as well.
- When bathing your dog, try not to get his head or ears wet to prevent irritation.
- Clean your dog's ears using a cotton ball or a soft cloth and an ear cleaning solution (you can find an ear cleaner at your local pet supply store or from your veterinarian). Never use a q-tip on your dog's ears. You could risk injury to your dog. Clean your dog's ears a few times per month, especially if your dog sweats a lot or has issues with his ears often.
- Keep a close eye on your dog's ears. If they aren't getting any better, get your dog to the veterinarian for an exam and for medication if needed.
Care for your dog's ears properly to prevent infections. Take your dog to a veterinarian hospital like Murrells Inlet Veterinary Hospital when you spot an infection to give your dog some relief