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How to tell if your dog has an ear infection
When most dogs seem to feel good, it’s because they are. The problem comes when the good feeling starts to make them sick. And in some cases it is so bad that they end up going to the vet. If your dog has been to the vet recently for this, then he or she probably has an ear infection. But how can you tell?
Ear infections in dogs are really easy to treat, but they can be hard to find. So if you are worried about a possible infection, be sure to follow our advice below.
Before you do anything, there are two things that are going to help you tell if your dog has an ear infection. First, if your dog has ear discharge, and/or if the first signs of pain when touching the ear are pain, then your dog most likely has an ear infection.
Secondly, if your dog has red, irritated eyes, this also means that he or she has an ear infection. You should also take into account how they act when you handle them. This could mean that they are trying to keep you away or they are acting like it’s difficult to go to the bathroom when you are trying to use the bathroom. All of these can be signs of an ear infection.
What does ear discharge look like?
There are different types of ear discharge. If you were to get your dog to the vet, it would probably look something like this:
A dry discharge
A wet discharge
Some types of discharge just come and go. This is usually a fairly minor problem, but sometimes it can be an indication of something more serious. If you notice a more serious condition, it is always best to have your vet look at your dog.
What symptoms can tell you that your dog has an ear infection?
Many people think that ‘ear pain’ is something that only comes in puppies, but that is just not the case. All dogs have ears, and when they have an ear infection, they are usually in the front of the ears, behind the pinna (the round part of the ear) and in front of the external ear canal. Your dog may also have ear pain and also the aforementioned red, irritated eyes.
In addition to that, there can be the following symptoms:
Fur will be matted and/or in disarray.
Dogs with ear infections can scratch at their ears all the time because it feels good. They are trying to relieve the itching.
Cries with high-pitched sounds.
Sudden discharge of waxy or yellowish material.
Your dog may also start licking their ears. This is a way for them to clean their ears. They will also sniff their ears and may even shake their heads or yawn when they are going to the bathroom.
If all of these signs appear, it is best to see your vet. Ear infections can become very serious if left untreated, so it is always best to have your dog checked by your vet. They will use medications and topical applications to cure your dog.
How to prevent an ear infection?
Your dog’s ears are in their natural state, as mentioned above. It is best to never put any type of objects or things inside your dog’s ears. This is one of the main ways they get ear infections, as they become trapped in the ear and get irritated. That is why you should only put things in their mouths.
Keep your dog’s ears clean. Take a look at them every day and clean out the debris. You should not do this every night, though, or you will make your dog’s ears sore and irritated.
It is also best to avoid putting any kind of oils or other things in your dog’s ears.
Always use an ear tag. When your dog is older and bigger, it is even better to have one because it is easier for your dog to hear you.
Try to use the safest dog food possible. That is because the food can cause your dog’s ears to become irritated and inflamed.
Do not expose your dog to extreme temperatures. This is why you should never let your dog run outside or let him stay outside for long periods of time in the winter or summer.
If you see any of the signs of an ear infection or any other illness in your dog, then you should get him checked by your vet right away. Ear infections are one of the most dangerous health problems to your dog, so do not put off treatment.
Some people assume that their dog is blind since they cannot see them. However, dogs are keenly aware of their surroundings and of their surroundings’ smells. If you have been putting the same treats in your dog’s mouth over and over again, you are likely to see a change in his eating habits. If he does not like a certain treat and you are putting that same treat in his mouth over and over again, he will have to learn to associate that treat with a bad experience. Dogs become selective in their eating and will not eat something just because they like it. If you see this happening with your dog, it is time to think about giving him a different treat so that he is not associating his eating with bad memories.
Treat your dog’s nails right. If he does not have enough nails, then he can make his feet more vulnerable. This means that he can slip and hurt himself on the floor. Dogs with short nails are likely to spend more time on the floor where their nails can make a big mess. It is better to trim the nails regularly so that he does not hurt himself while on the floor. This also helps him to groom his feet.
Caring for your dog does not have to be complicated. If you understand what your dog needs, then you can also take good care of him. The ideas above can help you to care for your dog and keep him safe.