Dog Ear Infections - Otitis Externa

 

Dog Ear Infections Otitis Externa

The treatment of dog ear infections will varie according to the cause, treatment often requires the use of antibiotics.

If your dog shows signs of a bad ear infection your local Veterinary Surgeon should be consulted as soon as practical.

Dog Health Issues - Description of Dog Ear Infections - Otitis Externa
The term for Ear Disease is Otitis Externa from the Latin for inflammation of the ear. It is a common problem in dogs and studies show that up to 20% of all dogs are affected by dog ear infections which underlines the need for regular, weekly cleaning of the dog's ears.

 

 

Dog Health Problems - Symptoms of Dog Ear Infections - Otitis Externa
Dog Ear Infections are marked by pain and discomfort which is displayed by irritability. The most common signs of a problem with a dog is ear scratching, head shaking and an unpleasant smell. Healthy ears are shiny, free from discharge or wax and pale pink inside.

Dog Health Questions - Dogs susceptible to Dog Ear Infections - Otitis Externa
A large number of dogs suffer from ear problems and not one particular breed is particularly susceptible however, spaniels often suffer from acute inflamation often caused by grass seed. Research has also shown that some dogs susceptible to  rare hereditary diseases such as Dermatomyositis in Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs and Seborrhea in Shar Peis and West Highland White Terriers .

 

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Dog Health Questions - Dog Ear Infections Causes - Otitis Externa
There are several possible causes of Dog Ear Infections which include:

  • Self inflected problems due to excess scratching
  • Excess moisture - especially seen in dogs with floppy ears such as spaniels
  • Hereditary diseases
  • Allergies
  • Foreign bodies such as grass seeds
  • Parasites such as ear mites

 

Dog Health Information - Treatment of Dog Ear Infections - Otitis Externa
The treatment of dog ear infections varies according to the cause and will often include the use of antibiotics. If a dog shows signs of a bad ear infection the Veterinary Surgeon should be consulted as soon as possible. It should also be noted that attempts to clean an infected ear could aggravate the situation.

Dog Health Advice
We hope that the canine health information and dog health advice has been of some assistance. But please remember that if you are in doubt about your Dog's Health please consult your Canine Health Specialist.

 

Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems
The sole purpose of the Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems is as a reference manual to provide useful information to dog and puppy owners. It is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat sick dogs or as a substitute for obtaining professional veterinary advice. Please remember that if you are in any doubt about your Dog's Health please consult your Canine Veterinary Specialist immediately.

 

Dog Ear Infections - Otitis Externa

 

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