Dog Ear Infections
As a pet owner, you never want to see your four-legged friend in pain, but unfortunately, dog ear infections are rather common and most canines will suffer through this painful condition at least once in their lifetime. But what do you do when your dog is exhibiting the signs of an ear infection? And how can you help prevent them in the future? At Germantown Vet, we’re experts in dog ear infections, and our highly trained team of veterinarians can help ease your dog’s pain and teach you safe cleaning techniques for your dog’s ears. If you’re worried your dog may have an ear infection, contact us today to schedule an appointment!
Signs of Dog Ear Infections
Sometimes it’s difficult to tell when your dog isn’t feeling well, but if you know what to look for it can help you identify dog ear infections. Some signs include:
- Scratching and rubbing of the ears
- Frequent head shaking
- Abnormal or foul odor coming from the ears
- Redness or swelling
If your dog is exhibiting any of these signs, it’s very important that you contact Germantown Vet right away! There are many causes of dog ear infections—including a variety of allergens and microorganisms—and identifying the correct source of the infection is vital in treating and preventing dog ear infections in the future.
At Germantown Vet, we have a sophisticated state-of-the-art facility with all of the tools and equipment required to accurately diagnose the cause of your dog’s ear infection. Don’t wait if you believe your dog has an ear infection—contact us today to schedule an appointment!
Treatment of Dog Ear Infections
After dog ear infections have been diagnosed by one of our skilled veterinarians, treatment can begin. We will thoroughly and gently clean your dog’s ears to remove any discharge and apply medication—normally, this will need to be administered for a few days following, and the length of the treatment will depend on the severity of the infection. Once the initial treatment is complete, we will supply you with the medication your dog needs and schedule a check-up to ensure the treatment is working.
Prevention of Dog Ear Infections
Preventing dog ear infections before they happen is the easiest way to ensure your dog won’t suffer any unnecessary discomfort. Before starting any ear cleaning regimens, always consult with one of the experienced veterinarians at Germantown Vet because prevention depends largely on the underlying cause of your dog’s ear infections.
Two common causes of dog ear infections are moisture in the ear canal from bathing, grooming, or swimming; and allergies. In many cases, routine cleaning with a gentle vet-approved canine ear cleaner can help reduce the frequency of ear infections for all dogs—especially when administered following any grooming or water activities.
Important note: Never stick anything in your dog’s ear, such as a Q-Tip, to clean the ear canal. This can push debris into your pet’s ear, cause severe discomfort, and even puncture the eardrum. If you’re worried about cleaning your dog’s ears, contact us today!
Schedule Your Appointment with Germantown Vet Today
If you believe your dog is suffering from an ear infection or you want to learn the proper techniques for cleaning your dog’s ears to prevent infection in the future, schedule an appointment with Germantown Vet today. Our helpful and knowledgeable staff can help you ease your pet’s pain and cure any dog ear infections—call us today!