Dog Ear Infections: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Dog ear infections are a common yet troublesome health concern that many pets, and their owners, have to deal with. Although the condition might seem straightforward, a dog ear infection requires immediate professional attention to prevent it from getting worse and causing even more discomfort. Lagniappe Animal Health in Ruston, LA, is experienced in diagnosing and treating this condition. To make an appointment or learn more about managing dog ear infections, call (318) 255-3303.

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What are the Symptoms of Dog Ear Infections?

There are a few telltale signs your dog has an ear infection, though they can vary depending on the severity of the condition:

  • A strong, pungent odor coming from the ear or ears
  • Incessant rubbing and scratching of the ear
  • The ear appears red and swollen
  • Your dog whimpers or cries when you touch their ear(s)
  • Hearing loss may also occur

Should any of these signs be apparent in your pet, don’t hesitate to call Lagniappe Animal Health at (318) 255-3303 to seek professional care. Dog ear infections can become seriously painful and diminish a pet’s quality of life. Because they may escalate quickly, urgent treatment is highly recommended. 

Understanding the Causes Behind Ear Infections in Dogs

How do dogs develop ear infections to begin with? Several things can cause the ear to become painful and infected, including:

  • Bacteria
  • Yeast
  • Ear mites
  • Water trapped in the ear
  • Allergies
  • Humidity

It is also notable that some dog breeds are more susceptible to ear issues than others, and can even experience recurrent infections throughout their lifetime. These breeds include: 

  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Basset Hounds
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Shih Tzus

These dogs are more at risk for ear infections because they tend to have floppy ears, which can trap moisture and debris. This creates the perfect environment for bacteria or yeast to thrive.

Treatment Options for Dog Ear Infections at Lagniappe Animal Health

Our veterinarians have plenty of experience treating dog ear infections, as they are a common reason for many vet visits! Below is a general explanation of how we can treat your dog’s ear infection:

Professional Diagnosis

At Lagniappe Animal Health, we offer comprehensive diagnostics to identify the underlying cause of your dog’s ear infection. This may include doing an ear swab and viewing the smear under a microscope to check for bacteria or mites. Our highly trained staff utilizes advanced techniques to ensure accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. 

Comprehensive Treatment Plans

Our tailored treatment plans are designed to address the specific type of ear infection your dog has, ensuring the best care and best possible outcome. Treatment may include antibiotics to treat the infection, along with an ear cleansing solution, ointment, and possible trimming/plucking of the hair in the ears to improve air flow into the ear canal. 

Why It’s Important to Seek Professional Care for Your Pet

Dog ear infections are a significant concern, but with early recognition and professional care, they are treatable. If you suspect your dog is suffering from an ear infection, call Lagniappe Animal Health at (318) 255-3303 to speak with our team and schedule an appointment. Your pet’s health is important to us, and we are here to provide the best possible care to keep your family members happy. Attempting to treat your dog’s ear infection without professional assistance can lead to further, unintended problems, so trust Lagniappe Animal Health to provide safe and effective care tailored to your pet’s needs!