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Ear Infections in Dogs

Did you know that one of the most common problems canine's have are ear infections? There are various reasons that can cause a dog to have an ear infection. Whether it is caused by allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria, or hair growth in the ear canal, routinely checking your pet's ears can help prevent an ear infection from happening.

Symptoms of a possible ear infection are: -head shaking or tilting -ear odor -vigorous scratching -unusual back and forth eye movements -redness of ear canal -swelling of outer portion of ear

To prevent ear infection, check your dogs ears regularly. If the outer ear appears dirty, clean gently with a cotton ball with a dampened solution suggested by your veterinarian. After baths or swimming, be sure to dry your dogs ears thoroughly. Lastly, if your dog has excessive hair in the outer ear canal, it should be removed by a groomer.

Always take your pet to the veterinarian if you think there is an ear infection. In most cases, cleaning and medicating the ear canal will clear up the infection. Ear infections can be very painful and if left untreated, can harm both the ear canal and middle ear. If you cannot get into your regular veterinarian or it is after hours, reference www.localvets.com/emergencyvets to find an emergency animal care center who will be able to take care of your beloved pet!

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