August 30, 2011

How to Treat a Dog’s Ear Infection

Filed under: Dog Ear Care — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 9:22 pm

dog-ears-sticking-upA dog’s ear has three parts: an inner ear, a middle ear, and an outer ear. The outer ear canal is most prone to infections. A dog’s ear is especially vulnerable because it retains to water and debris that get in the ear.

Dog ear infections can be caused by many things. Allergies are typically the biggest cause of ear infections. If your dog has allergies then it has a higher chance of getting ear infections. Water in the ear is another common cause of ear infections. It is important to not allow water to stay in the ear because it provides great grounds for bacterial and yeast growth.

Some of the symptoms of ear infections include excessive head shaking, a yellow or brown discharge in the ears, yeast like smell coming from the ear, redness, and swelling. If you notice these symptoms occurring in your dog, it is time to take him to the vet.

Your vet may recommend the use of dog ear drops to treat the infection. You may add a couple drops in each ear. After, begin to rub and loosen the debris stuck inside the infected ear using Q-tip gently. Finally use a soft cloth to gently wipe all the dirt out of the ear. This process should be done at least once a day because the ear is extremely venerable at the time of infection.

After the cleaning stage it is time to apply the dog ear remedy which will be prescribed by a veterinarian. If your dog has a bacterial infection then your vet may prescribe antibiotics. For a yeast infection then you will be given a prescription for anti-fungal medication. If the ear infection is severe, oral treatment may be administered. If treatment proves to be ineffective, your pet may need a surgery in order to fix the ear canal.

June 30, 2011

How to Prevent a Dog Ear Infection

Filed under: Dog Ear Care — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 10:13 pm

dog_with_vet_getting_ears_checkedYour dog, just like you, is prone to getting ear infections. In fact, dogs are more likely to get ear infections than humans. Unfortunately that means that there is a good chance that your dog will be experience an ear infection in its lifetime. As an owner, it is your responsibility to do your best in helping to treat your dog’s ear infection. Dog ear infections have the potential to escalate in severity. Here are three easy tips and precautions to take in order to prevent your dog from getting an ear infection.

The first step, while obvious, must be stated; keep your dog’s ears clean. This means use a gauze cloth or a piece of cotton, (never a q tip or cotton swab) with dog ear drops to clear out debris. For maximum effect, a powder should be used to clean and dry the ear all together.

Keeping your dog’s ears dry is critical. Moisture is what leads to an infection. So after your dog has settled in for the day, make sure to dry out his ears before bed. It’s best to use soft cloths or cotton balls to prevent irritation of the ear’s skin. Also, grooming your dog’s ear hair is a great prevention technique.

As strange as it seems, it is healthy to know the smell of your dog’s ears. By smelling your dog’s ears, it will make you make you more perceptive to any changes if your dog’s ears have become infected. If you do smell a strange odor, it is time to visit your veterinarian for ear cytology. Having your dog undergo ear cytology is extremely beneficial. The vet will be able to determine exactly what type of infection it is and what steps to take.

Finally, if your dog is constantly facing ear infections talk to your veterinarian. It maybe time to schedule specialized blood tests to detect endocrine imbalances such as thyroid illness. Food and environmental allergies can also be an underlying trigger for secondary ear infections. Certain breeds such as Cocker Spaniels and Basset Hounds are more likely to get infected because of their anatomy. Dogs with large ear flaps and small ear canals are at risk and therefore should be more closely monitored for any symptoms of an ear infection.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.