🔥How To Diagnose And Treat Ear Infections in Dogs

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ear infections in our canine companions
are fairly common and most dogs suffer
from this painful condition at some
point in their lifetime if you notice
any swelling scratching shaking of the
head reacting painfully when the ears
are touched or even an abnormal odor it
could be a sign your dog is suffering
from an ear infection in this video we
will discuss the most common causes of
ear infections how it is diagnosed and
how it can be treated
the most common ear problem in dogs is
inflammation of the outer ear canal
technically termed otitis externa the
area between the outside opening of the
eardrum can be irritated by bacteria
yeast parasites and allergies some pets
are prone to problems due to anatomy
allergies or skin conditions ventilation
of the ears is poor in dogs with floppy
ears resulting in a warm moist
environment perfect for growth of yeast
and bacterial overgrowth of these
organisms may cause irritation
inflammation foul odor and discharge
chronic infection can lead to damage to
the ear tissues including rupture of the
if the eardrum is ruptured the infection
can gain access to the middle ear
causing serious problems like a head
tilt loss of balance and inability to
walk normally ear mites are another
common cause of ear infections ear mites
are tiny parasites that are just barely
visible with the naked eye they are
quite contagious between animals they
produce severe itching and large amounts
of black a waxy discharge pets with ear
mites scratch their ears incessantly
this can lead to ear or skin infections
as well as damage to deeper ear
to diagnose an ear infection your
veterinarian will use an otoscope to
look into the ears your veterinarian may
also take a sample of the discharge and
examine it microscopically to check for
signs of infection or ear mites if the
infection is severe the sepal may be
sent for a lab culture the first step in
treating ear problems is a thorough
cleaning of the ears
once the ears are cleaned specific
medications are prescribed antibiotics
are used for bacterial infections
antifungals for these
anti-inflammatories for irritation and
allergies and insecticides for ear mites
most of the medications are administered
directly into your dog's ear proper
administration is crucial for effective
treatment medication must be given
exactly as instructed and continue for
the full duration prescribed even if the
pet seems to be fully recovered sooner
your veterinarian may also suggest
routine cleaning with a recommended
product specifically formulated to clean
your pets ears if science of ear
problems recur seek prompt medical
attention before the condition worsens
for more information on ear infections
consult with your veterinarian