If you’re a pet parent, it may be a matter of concern when your furry friend shows even signs of discomfort or pain. One area in dogs that is often prone to infection but is overlooked is their ears. Ear problems in dogs can cause discomfort and irritation, and sometimes even more serious health problems. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most common ear problems in dogs, their symptoms, and what you can do to help your furry friend.
Ear infections can be caused by many factors, including bacteria, yeast, allergies, and parasites. Some dog breeds are more prone to ear infections due to their physical structure, such as dogs with long, floppy ears or dogs with narrow ear canals such as the Cocker Spaniel, Basset Hound, Beagle, Poodle, Dachshund, Shih Tzu, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Shar-Pei, and Bulldog.
Ear mites are also tiny parasites that live inside your dog’s ear canal. Ear mites can also cause an itchy sensation inside the ears, which can be very irritating for your dog. Some symptoms of ear mites in dogs also include
An ear hematoma is a condition that also occurs when blood accumulates between the cartilage and skin of your dog’s ear flap. This can happen if your dog shakes his head excessively, scratches his ears too hard, or suffers trauma to the ear. Hematomas can be very painful for your dog and it is important to treat oral hematomas as quickly as possible
How to Prevent Common Ear Problems in Dogs?
Regular ear cleaning is very important for the health of your pet’s ears. Many pet parents clean their pet’s ears at home, but remember that even without professional skills, cleaning your pet’s ears with the wrong tools and products can be a risky business. Make sure the ears are thoroughly cleaned professionally by a groomer or veterinarian once a month.