Ear infections are painful. Many dogs will shake their head and scratch their ears trying to relieve the discomfort. The ears often become red and inflamed and develop an offensive odor. A black or yellowish discharge commonly occurs.
What happens if a dog ear infection goes untreated?
Symptoms of canine ear infections include head shaking, scratching at or rubbing the affected ear, discharge, bad odor, redness inside the ear, swelling of the ear canal, pain, itchiness and crusts or scabs inside the ear or along the ear margin.
Do ear infections bother dogs?
Ear infections can happen quickly too, so don’t think it takes days to show up. Your dog can go from okay to suffering from a painful ear infection in just a few hours. Please don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your family vet.
Will dog ear infection go away on its own?
In most cases, a dog’s ear infection will not go away on its own. What’s worse, if you wait too long to treat the ear infection, it can become much more difficult to get under control. An untreated ear infection can lead to chronic issues, hearing loss, and sometimes the need for expensive surgery.
How can I treat my dog’s ear infection without going to the vet?
If you’ve search online, you may find home remedies for dog ear infections like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or rubbing alcohol. These are all bad ideas, because they can irritate the inside of the ear and invite more infection. Sure, the acid in vinegar might kill yeast, but vinegar is mostly water.
What do vets give dogs for ear infections?
Antibiotics (such as amoxicillin-clavulanate, enrofloxacin, clindamycin, or cefpodoxime) will be used for a bacterial infection for 6-8 weeks minimum. If the infection is fungal in nature, an anti-fungal medication (most often itraconazole) will be prescribed.
When should I take my dog to the vet for an ear infection?
If your dog shows any of the following signs of an ear infection contact your vet straight away to book an examination for your pet.
Common signs of ear infections in dogs include:
- Scratching or pawing at the ear.
- Yellow, brown or bloody discharge.
- Redness inside of the ear.
- Odor in the ear.
How do I clean my dogs ear infection?
Remember to see your veterinarian for medication such as antibiotics as well as an ear cleaning solution that will help the ears heal quickly. You can make ear cleaning solutions at home using apple cider vinegar and lukewarm water. Apple cider vinegar will help kill yeast or bacteria.
What dog breeds are prone to ear infections?
Some breeds, particularly those with large, floppy or hairy ears like Cocker Spaniels, Miniature Poodles, or Old English Sheepdogs, appear to be more prone to ear infections, but ear infections may occur in any breed.
How urgent is a dog ear infection?
An ear infection is an emergency when your pet is in pain, you cannot touch or look in your dog’s ear, the ear is red and swollen, and/or your dog has a head tilt. All ear infections should be examined and treated by a veterinarian.
What can I give my dog for ear infection pain?
If your dog is in a lot of pain, your vet may prescribe anti-inflammatory pain relief as well as eardrops. Antibiotic tablets. If your dog has a very severe infection, they may need antibiotic tablets as well as eardrops. However, eardrops are usually sufficient.