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How To Look After Your Dog's Ears

Dogs often have health issues with their ears. With a long horizontal ear canal, which turns downward, dogs are prone to a range of ear problems. This is especially true for floppy eared dogs whose moist inner ears are a haven for germs.

Dr. Melissa Meehan gives her advice to best look after your dog's ears...

Top Tips

  • A common sign of an ear infection is when a dog incessantly scratches their ears or pays them too much attention.
  • Canine ear problems are usually caused by infection or yeast. Bacteria and organisms that thrive in a warm, wet ear canal and result in extreme discomfort for your pet.
  • Ear mites are another cause of uncomfortable ear itching. Ear mites are microscopic parasites that live off earwax. You can tell if your dog has ear mites if their ear discharge looks like fine, granulated coffee.
  • Ear infections must be treated as soon as possible or can result in deafness and even death.
  • Most ear infections are treatable but not all eardrops are the same.

It is always best to consult a vet to get the right treatment for your dog if you suspect an ear infection.