Detecting Ear Infections

Ear infections are common in dogs, and some breeds are more predisposed to them than others.

Even mild ear infections can turn into a serious medical condition!  Routinely pick up your dog’s ear flaps and look for bright red or pink coloring of the inner ear, discharge, odor, etc.  You may also notice your dog shaking his head or scratching at his ears excessively – or at least more than normal.

Common Causes

Other than a foreign body – such as a foxtail or other material causing a single isolated infection, most ear infections are caused by food allergies.  Pink ears, itchy ears, smelly ears, yeasty ears or reoccurring ear infections are almost always due to something the pet is eating.  This goes for cats also!  It can be from their general diet or just a particular snack they’re getting. Try switching food and/or treats up first, and see if there is improvement. You should notice fewer symptoms within a few days, and they’ll gradually improve IF it is indeed related to food.

If you see NO changes or improvement within a couple days, it’s time for a plan B!  Make an appointment with your veterinarian. Let’s get this thing figured out!  If you think your pet has an ear infection, please call and make an appointment to have them checked. It’s always better to be safe and catch things early before they get worse.