Save money by not needing to go to the vet for ear infections with this dog ear cleaner recipe
e all know that clipping your dog's nails and giving them a bath at least once a month is important for your dog's health, but did you know cleaning dog's ears is also essential?
Hi Lauren, No, you are not being a paranoid first time doggy mom, you are being a caring, conscientious pet owner and I appreciate it! You need to take her to the vet so that they can do an ear cytology (microscopic exam on the material in the ears), find out what it is that she has- bacteria, yeast or mites (they are not that common in dogs) and select a medication that will help. When you get the ear cleaner and medication make sure that you use it for at least 14 days and have them recheck the ears when they seem all healed. Expect a small amount of hearing loss when the medication is in the ears. Thank you for your question, I hope this helps. Teri Byrd DVM
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Dogs usually have yeast (Malassezia) and bacterial infections (Staphylococci, Pseudomonas). Dogs that swim typically develop Pseudomonas, and dogs with increased cerumen (earwax) typically have Malassezia. Dogs with hypothyroidism typically have Staph ear infections. Less commonly, dogs have bacterial infections caused by Corynebacteria, Enterococci, E. Coli, Streptococci, and Proteus. About 1 in every 5 dogs and 1 in every 15 cats that visit a veterinary clinic has ear disease–from mild inflammation to severe middle ear infection. In humid climates, the number of dogs with otitis is nearly 50%.Ear infection in dogs calls for medical attention. While some cases of this disease may heal naturally, veterinarians should be involved in the treatment process. It is essential to treat dog ear infection the moment it starts so as not to worsen your dog's condition.Dogs can be predisposed to otitis due to the pet's genetic tendency to have a particular type of skin or glands in the canal. Genetics can also influence the thickness of the hair in the canal, and pets with the most hair have the poorest air flow and the greatest incidence of infection. Other dogs are predisposed to develop otitis because they have which make their ears itch and produce more cerumen. Their ears itch, the pet scratches, and infection sets in.A middle ear infection () is more common than once thought. In dogs, about 1 in 6 with an external ear infection develops a middle ear infection. Many cases of middle ear infection are unrecognized.Approximately 80% of dogs with allergies develop otitis. In dogs and cats, symptoms caused by allergies to food, inhaled proteins, or contact materials—for example, corn, pollen, and grass—are different than allergic symptoms in people. People with allergies often have itchy, runny eyes or a runny nose. Dogs and cats are more likely to develop heat and inflammation of the ears, head, neck, and feet than of the eyes and nose. Heat and inflammation in the ears predisposes pets to increased yeast growth and chronic itchy, smelly otitis.