Ear infections are painful and miserable. If you notice your dog is shaking his head, scratching his ears, or whining, bring your buddy to Best Care Animal Hospital. We offer three convenient locations in Houston, Spring, or Tomball, TX, and our veterinarian would love to help your furry friend.
How Do Dogs Get Ear Infections?
Ear infections are usually caused by yeast or bacteria or an unlucky combination of the two. Because of this, dogs with large, floppy, and hairy ears are more prone to ear infections.
Unfortunately, any dog can get ear infections and for reasons other than yeast or bacteria. Some additional causes ear pain and distress are:
- Parasitic mites
- Hormones and hormonal imbalances
- Nutritional issues and auto-immune diseases
Symptoms of Ear Infections in Dogs
Behavioral symptoms are the most noticeable. Dogs suffering from ear infections are more likely to shake their heads, paw at, or scratch at their ears, whine, or whimper more often.
Once you notice a behavioral change, examine your dog’s ear. Look for a red or inflamed ear, as well as a yellow or black discharge. You may notice a foul odor.
If your dog has had this infection for some time, the infection may narrow his ear canals from constant inflammation and appear crusty.
How to Treat Ear Infections in Dogs
Your dog will need antibiotics to cure an ear infection and the pain associated with it. Unfortunately, because there are so many possible causes for the ear infection, a general ear infection medication is not likely to be effective. Ear infections can also be caused by tumors or foreign bodies, or polyps. You will need to bring your dog in to see a veterinarian who can properly assess and diagnose your pet’s condition.
How Will a Veterinarian Know What Drug to Use?
A vet will thoroughly examine your dog’s ears using an otoscope. This allows the veterinarian to determine if the eardrum is still intact (which is essential) and then search for foreign objects.
Ear infections are very raw and painful, so it is not advised for owners to try this examination at home. Dogs may need painkillers, sedatives, or even a dose of anesthesia to complete the ear exam.
After the exam, our vet will conduct a culture test to pinpoint the exact infection your dog has contracted. From there, our vet will give a diagnosis and prescribe treatment.
Contact Best Care Animal Hospital to Schedule an Appointment for Your Dog’s Ear Infection
For top-quality veterinary care in Houston, Spring, and Tomball, TX, contact us at Best Care Animal Hospital. Request an appointment online or give us a call at 281-251-0893.