Monday, January 21, 2013

Ear Infections in Dogs

Ear infections in dogs are more common than you think. This can be a painful condition for your dog to experience. If you see your furry friend shaking his head or trying to scratch at his ears or head, this could be a warning sign of infection. You may notice a strange odor or even see a brownish discharge in the ear. 

My dog, Murphy has had a few ear infections and currently has a double ear infection. His signs of infection have included  a redness on the inside of his ear and he started to smell a little funny. When I would get close to him I could not figure out what I was smelling until I flipped his ear over and saw how red it was. 

Most ear infections in adult dogs are caused by a bacteria or yeast. Ear mites are common in puppies. Your veterinarian will take a sample from the infected ear and determine what is causing the infection. He will also provide a treatment based on the diagnosis. 

If you notice any of following: you may want to make an appointment with your veterinarian and have him check out your best friends ears. Remember...ear infections can be painful. 

* Scratching or Rubbing at ears
* Shaking head around
* Notice an abnormal odor
* Red or Swollen ears

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