Care and treatment of otitis in dogs


I often find myself in me dog groomer with diseases in our Gamperros I try to explain to customers, always insisting that I am not a veterinarian, but warning of the possibility of a trouble.

There are many occasions when there is an anomalous situation In the ears of our dogs. Therefore, I want to guide you a little about possible disorders which in most cases usually have a good prognosis, but must be treated in time to prevent damage to the eardrum or condition of the deep parts of the ear.

Ear infection in dogs

First, we must understand exactly what the ear infection in dogs, since initially it is possible that we believe that it is the same as the otitis. However, they are two different terms.

The otitis is a dog ear inflammation and it can have numerous causes such as allergies, presence of strange bodies in the auditory cavity or viral, bacterial or fungal infections.

When it exists Ear infectiongenerally exists otitis, because the colonization of the pathogen causes inflammation in the ear canalnevertheless the otitis It is not always caused by an infection.

If our dog suffer a Ear infection, will manifest some of the following symptoms:

  • The shake is frequently shaken head.
  • Excessive scratching in the area of ​​the ear.
  • Feeling of bad smell through the ear that can be confused with a strong body odor
  • Swelling in the area of ​​the ear and redness
  • Loss of hearing.
  • Crusted or scaly lesions in the area of ​​the ear.
  • Signs of pain.
  • Behavior changes, aggressiveness.
  • Loss of Balance.

Ear Disease Prevention

The key to ears healthy is to keep them clean, so I recommend cleaning the ears of your dog weekly.

A slight amount of wax accumulation can be present in normal ears without complications. If you dog nothing much, has hanging ears, or a history of ear disease, routine cleaning (one to three times a week) is highly recommended.

Excess hair around the ear It can be trimmed to allow more air flow.

Follow your vet's recommendations on how to treat any underlying disease that predisposes to your dog to the ear problems

If you dog have a broken or weakened eardrum, some cleaning products ear and medications could do more hurt how good.


Remember, if you dog It is showing serious inconvenience, the ears they have a bad smell, or the channels of the ear They look abnormal, don't delay getting in touch with your veterinarian.

PD .: In Gamperros Dog Grooming we perform the cleaning and care of your dog's ears in every wash 🙂

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How to detect otitis in dogs

The symptoms of otitis externa are quite obvious and can begin when your dog shakes or bows his head frequently. Likewise, you can see him rub his ear on your furniture or scratch around his ear. If you look inside his ear you can observe:

  • Swelling
  • Reddish or brown secretions
  • Strong smell
  • Crusts or scabs inside the ear
  • Scratches

If additionally your dog you have unusual eye movements, are walking in circles or have problems with your balanceIt might be time for the vet to examine it more deeply to rule out a more acute infection.

Your dog may require sedation or anesthesia to allow a complete exam., especially if you have a sensitive ear, if the canal is clogged with secretion or extended inflammatory tissue, or if the animal is not cooperative.

Preventive care

The best treatment of otitis in dogs is prevention. Be sure to inspect your dog's ears regularly. Stay alert for unusual temperature changes, changes in skin color or condition, sudden increases in humidity or other changes.

Likewise, It is prudent to make a proper cleaning to your pet's ears. Do not use anything that can push debris or other material into the ear canal. Avoid using liquids to remove the wax from your dog's ears.

The vet can show you the right way to clean your friend's ears, as well as the use of drying accessories in the ears of dogs that swim frequently. And how to prevent water from entering the ear canals during the bath.

In some cases, and always under the supervision of a professional, trimming the hair inside the ear bud and around the ear canal improves ventilation and decreases moisture in the ears. This hair should not be removed if it is not causing any problems.

Treatment of otitis in dogs

To treat otitis in dogs, The veterinarian must identify and correct any underlying cause. Any pain should also be managed. Usually, the area of ​​hair around the ear will be trimmed to improve cleaning and home treatment.

Because Topical treatments can be eliminated with the secretion of the ears or with an excess of earwax, the veterinarian will probably clean them gently and then dry them before starting treatment.

In animals with sensitive ears, proper cleaning requires anesthesia. Follow the advice of the specialist to continue the treatment at home. Generally, you will be advised to wait to begin cleaning the ears at home after a new appointment, around the next seven days.

Additional considerations

When applied correctly, The ideal medicine will cover the layer of cells that line the ear canal External film-shaped thin. Medications administered by the specialist, orally or by injection to treat otitis in dogs, will probably be included in the long-term care regimen.

Most topical medications for otitis in dogs contain a combination of antibiotics, antifungals and glucocorticoids. The veterinarian will prescribe the most appropriate according to the particular case of your dog.

Irritating agents should be avoided as home remedies based on vinegar dilution. These cause swelling of the lining of the ear canal and an increase in glandular secretions, which predispose to bacterial or fungal infections.