Why should I inspect my dog’s ears regularly?

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You should check your dog’s ears regularly to check for signs of a possible ear infection. Ear infections in dogs can be caused by a variety of things including ear mites, growing hair, excess water or foreign particles. These things lead to bacteria or yeast in the ear, which if left untreated can easily lead to an ear infection. Allergies, excess wax and hypothyroidism can also lead to ear infections.

Due to the shape of a dog’s ear, it’s hard for foreign particles or water to exit the ear once inside. You should check your dog’s ears weekly for anything abnormal, particularly if your dog is frequently around water or areas where there could be a lot of debris. Symptoms of an ear infection include odor in the ear, brown or yellow discharge, scabby skin on the ear flap, head shaking, loss of balance, and attempts to rub the ear on the floor or furniture.

If you notice anything abnormal in your dog’s ear, you should contact your veterinarian immediately. A veterinarian will be able to clean your dog’s ear professionally, and prescribe any topical medications needed. It’s best to catch any infection early on so that more serious treatments, like surgery or ear flushing, are not necessary.

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