How to tell if Your dog has an ear infection
If this is your first experience of a dog with an ear condition then you may be wondering what you should be looking out for. In fact, there are a number of tell-tale signs and symptoms that all is not well with your dog’s ears.
Often manifested as your canine companion constantly shaking their head or scratching their ears, it is unpleasant, uncomfortable and if untreated, or ignored, will just get worse.
Regular shaking of their head
Some of you may be familiar with the action of your dog constantly shaking their heads, the way they do when they are trying to dry themselves off. If it is a one-off then there is no cause for concern. It is when they seem to be constantly, and rigorously, shaking their head as if trying to get rid of something, that all is not well.
Scratching their ears
Dogs do scratch their ears – that’s a natural thing – a bit like us scratching our back. It is when they are consistently scratching their ears over a sustained period of time that you need to take note that there may be an issue. This could indicate an ear infection or the beginning of one.
Discomfort and pain
If your dog has an ear infection they may whine or even yelp when you touch their ear. In severe cases, ear infections can lead to hearing loss, an issue with balance or walking in circles.
Redness and swelling inside the ear
Take a look inside the dog’s ear. Conditions such as ear mites are recognisable as they leave a red-brown or black like crust inside the outer-ear. You will also see redness and inflammation inside the ear if they have been regularly scratching.
A bad smell
A yeast infection is the most common reason that your dogs’ ears smell but be warned, if you are about to start smelling your dog’s ears – it can be quite unpleasant. Just like any yeast infection, not only are they painful and uncomfortable they also emit a cheese like smell.