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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.

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2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.