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Dog ear infections: symptoms, causes and treatment

What are the symptoms?

Dog ear infections can often be uncomfortable and painful for your furry friend, so it’s important to stay alert for the following:

  • Odour
  • Head shaking or hitting/rubbing head against surfaces
  • Scratching
  • Redness or change in colour
  • Swelling
  • Lack of balance

What causes dog ear infections?

Due to the shape of the canine ear canal, some dog breeds are prone to ear infections. Often these infections are caused by bacteria or yeast, but the factors below can increase your dog’s chance of an infection:

  • Moisture in the ear
  • Wax build up
  • Foreign bodies
  • Injury
  • Allergies

What is the best treatment for dog ear infections?

In the above health video, Dr Kate strongly advocates that preventing ear infections is far better than treating them. Here are her tips for keeping your dog’s ears healthy:

  • Keep your dog’s ears dry - especially after swimming
  • Keep your dog well-groomed
  • Remove any hair plugs from their ears
  • Smell your dogs ears and take notice when they smell abnormal. You’ll smell an ear infection before you see one!

Bondi Pet has a range of products to help keep your dogs ears healthy, and if you need any more advice have a chat to our knowledgeable vets via the Vet Services page.

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Need Vet Help? Contact Us on 1800 838 247 or via Vet Q&A

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