Dogs are a lot like us, they are very sensitive to their environment. One issue your dog may come across is dog ear problems.
The question is, when should you be concerned and how do you treat your dog's ear problems and when should you worry? There are many reasons why your dog's ears may have become infected.
You can be on the look out for infection to see if it is serious or not. Some of these dog ear problem signs would be: a foul ordor, scratching his ears more than usual, a discharge from the ears or any redness or swelling either in the flap of the ear or in the canal.
Other signs of a dog ear infection would be shaking the head a lot or tilting it to one side as if to get something to come out of it. Your dog will most likely become depressed or irritabile. If you see any of these you really should take your dog in to see a vetenarian to get a full diagnosis.
There are several reasons why your dog is having ear problems. These problems can range from allergies to debris and everything in between.
Check to see if your dog's ear problems are related to the ingredients in his food. It is possible it could even be an environmental irritant or allergy such as dust or pollen.
Yes, dogs can get allergies just like us humans do. You can tell your dog has allergies when you see his ears and paws imflammed. When this happens you should switch him over to an hypoallergenic dog food that doesn't have any soy, corn or wheat. Also be sure to invest in your dog's health by using a high quality dog food.
Your dog's ear problems may be due to infection. If your dog has large flappy ears that can be a more common issue. This is because those ear flaps make for a great moist, dark and warm environment for the bacteria to flourish in. You can tell if there is an infection by the odor you will smell in your dog's ears.
If your dog is still having ear trouble be sure to check him for any debris. It is possible part of a plant got into his ear while he was playing outside. He may have a tick or some fleas in his ear causing issues and swelling.
Use this guide to help you in treating your dog for his ear problems and you'll have your happy go-lucky pup back in no time.