Ear infections (otitis) are quite common in Dogs. Cocker Spaniels are notorious for ear disease due to their ear canal anatomy. Ear problems arise due to ear anatomy, bacteria, and yeast.
What is noticed?
- Dogs feel itchiness inside the ear and keep scratching which further damages the ear resulting in more complications. It is a painful condition wherein dogs may become dull and have a reduced appetite.
- Dogs are usually seen walking with the affected ear tilted onto one side and some dogs become aggressive because of the pain which should be handled cautiously to avoid any injuries to the owner or handler.
- One or both the ears can be affected simultaneously. Most dogs develop a foul-smelling discharge from the ear canal.
Owners should be wary of any changes and act as quickly as possible by consulting with their family to help relieve their pet from pain and irritation. To help handle the problem, you should always use commercial ear cleansing solutions to clean the affected ear per the advice of a veterinarian.
How to prevent?
- Ear infections can be prevented by regular grooming and bathe your dog and be maintaining good hygiene.
- Be careful while bathing your dogs and use caution not to let water enter the ear canal.
- Rinse your dog’s ear canal with cleaning solutions or drying agents on a regular basis.
- Dogs that swim in lakes or ponds are prone to ear infections. Swimmers ear solution should be used to avoid problems.
Healthy pets happy parents!!
Dr. Prachi Kshatriya