Canine Ear Infections

Most dogs are the happy-go-lucky type. Maybe that’s what makes them so adorable and desirable as pets, but it’s also what gets them into trouble from time to time. Summer is the perfect time for dogs to go exploring and have some fun, and it’s also the time of year that canine ear infections are most prevalent.
Allergies, water in the ear canal from forays into the pond, river or whatnot, and other obstructions or irritants lodged in the ear can all make your dog’s summer a painful one. Here are some signs that your dog has picked up an ear infection:

  • Excessive scratching and/or hair loss and swelling around the ear.
  • Dragging the affected ear along the floor or carpet.
  • Foul smells emanating from the ear
  • Odd discharge coming from the ear.

If you notice any of the above, it’s probably time to get your pooch to the vet for a checkup. Ear infections can become chronic if left unattended, so please get your dog some help at the first signs. Follow your vet’s instructions about how to best clean your dog’s ear canals and how often. For more severe cases, antibiotics or some lab work may be required to cure the infection.
A dog with an ear infection is going to be a pretty miserable guy/gal, so be on the lookout for the telltale signs and make this summer a happy one!