Ear Problems In Dogs
There are a number of ear problems that can affect dogs. Ear infections are especially common, but other problems like injuries or deafness may also occur.
As a dog parent, you can help prevent major problems with your dog’s ears by learning how to detect problems early
Shaking their head
Scratching their ears
Rubbing their ears or face on furniture, the floor, etc.
Painful, hot, red, or swollen ears
Vocalizing or whining when the ears are scratched or rubbed
Increased production of wax in the ear canals
Discharge from the ear canal that is typically dark brown or rust-coloured
Scabs and crusting on the ears or the face
A fluid-filled swelling within the ear flap (aural hematoma)
Deafness or hearing loss
How Can You Help Your Dog?
Regularly check your dog’s ears.
Keep your dog’s ears clean. Your vet can suggest suitable ear cleaners for your dog.
Cleaning your dog’s ears after swimming helps to remove water and debris from the ear canal.
If your dog suffers from allergic skin disease, talk to your vet, or make an appointment with us, to see if there’s anything else that you can do to help your dog at home.
If you live in an area where ear mites are common, use appropriate parasite preventatives for your dog.
Not all treatments are effective against mites, so please speak to us or make an appointment with your vet to discuss the best treatment choice for your dog.