7 Signs Your Dog May Have an Ear Infection:
- Scratching of the ear or area around the ear – Is your dog using its back legs to scratch behind or around their ear? Maybe you’ve noticed matted fur around their ears? This is one of the first signs your dog’s ear is bothering them and may be infected.
- Hair loss around the ear - If your dog has irritation within their ear then it is likely they will be scratching at it which may cause a bald spot or what is known as a hotspot. This is a sign to check your dog’s ear.
- Rust or Yellow Color Excessive Color Discharge or Black Ear Wax – You may notice a yellow discharge run down the side of the face or a crumbly black wax inside the ear. If you see any discharge or excessive wax this is a clear sign something is not right and you should make an appointment to see the veterinarian
- Odor in the Ear – Odor in or around the ear means something is accumulating within the ear, likely bacteria caused by water left in the ear. Ear cleaner and drops will likely treat this but if the odor or itching persists then it’s time to make an appointment with your veterinarian.
- Redness and scabs inside the ear or swelling of the ear leather – If your dog has redness or scabs inside his/her ear or swelling inside the canal, then they likely have an ear infection. If the outside leather of the ear is swollen this is called hematoma and stems from an internal ear infection.
- Rubbing of the ear on the floor or furniture – Has your dog started rolling on the ground and rubbing their ear against the carpet or rug? Maybe they’ve started rubbing their head on the furniture? That’s a sign to check inside and around their ear for any of the aforementioned signs of an ear infection.
- Head shaking or head tilt - Your dog isn’t shaking their head or tilting it to one side for no reason. This is a clear sign that something inside/around the ear is bothering them. Tilting their head means something in the inner ear is causing them to be off balance and needs your attention.
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