Did you know what some dogs are more prone to ear infections than others?
Floppy eared dogs like Blood Hounds, Basset Hounds, other long-eared dogs tend to have more ear infections than dogs with upright ears and dogs who swim a lot.
Ear infections, which are a common canine health problem, they can be caused by allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria, hair growth deep in the ear canal. Symptoms of your dog may have with an ear infection include:
■ Head shaking
■ Head tilting
■ Ear odor
■ Vigorous scratching
■ Unusual back-and-forth eye movements
■ Redness of the ear canal
■ Swelling of the outer portion of the ear
■ Brown, yellow, or bloody discharge
If you think your dog has an ear infection, the best way is to diagnose a worm problem is you can always take your dog to the veterinarian, sometimes they might use a digital otoscope to check the dog's ear canal, eardrum if there inside had any unusual symptom.
In most cases, cleaning and medicating the ear canal will quickly clear up an infection. However, surgery can be needed for chronic infections or if forceful head shaking results in the rupture of a vessel within the outer part of the ear.