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Posted on 09-20-2018
Your dog's ears are a very important organ that you need to care for. If your dog's ears become infected and you don't treat the infection, this could harm your dog's ability to hear and may eventually lead to hearing loss.
If your dog cannot hear, he will not be able to hear you call to him and can't hear another animal or a car coming, which could lead to your dog becoming injured.
Read on for tips to care for your dog's ears and what symptoms to look out for if your dog has an ear infection.
Caring for your dog's ears is not difficult, but your dog may not want you looking in or cleaning out his ears. Grab a helper to hold your dog's head steady so you can get a good look at your pet's ears. To clean them:
You should clean your dog's ears a few times per month, not just when you notice they are dirty. If they do have a lot of buildup or gunk, this is possibly due to an infection. Clean your dog's ears consistently to prevent the infection from occurring in the first place.
Some dogs are more prone to ear infections and dirty buildup, such as dogs with large ears including Beagles, Basset Hounds, Cocker Spaniels, and even Great Danes.
If you aren't able to clean your dog's ears, take your pet to a professional groomer or your veterinarian to clean out your dog's ears.
If you suspect your dog's ears are infected, take your dog to the veterinarian's office so your vet can properly diagnose and treat the infection. Some symptoms to keep an eye out for include:
Also note any behavioral changes, as these might be another sign of an ear infection.
Some factors that can lead to ear infections in dogs include the following:
To help treat the infection, you can apply and rub in an ear cleaning solution. Your veterinarian will most likely prescribe you or advise you about this solution if your dog has an infection. You will need to carefully apply this to your dog's ear until the infection clears up.
By proactive care for your dog's ears and watchful attention for signs of infection, your dog can have healthy ears for years to come. Take your dog to the Columbine Animal Hospital for an exam and treatment if you've spotted any issues with your dog's ears.
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