Unfortunately, dogs can not tell us that they have pain or trouble. However, there are some important signals that should ring an alarm bell for dog owners. Is your dog suddenly shaking his head at rest? Or does he keep his head tilted all the time? Then there is almost certainly something going on with his ears. This article lists some common ear problems in dogs and tells you what you can do about it.
Your dog has ear mite
Dogs, but also cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, … sometimes suffer from ear mites. These are miniscule arachnid parasites that feed on earwax and skin flakes. They cause a lot of irritation and in many cases there is also a black granular discharge. Do you suspect that your dog does have ear mites? Have him examined by the veterinarian. He will prescribe the necessary medication.
Your dog has an ear infection
A dog that shakes with its head may have an ear infection. Signals from an ear infection in dogs include
– swelling of the ear (and the ear usually also looks red),
– pus or excess (usually brown or black) wax,
– bad hearing,
– a limp hanging ear.
An ear infection can permanently damage your dog’s ear. Do not wait until it automatically changes again and go to the vet in good time with your dog.
Grass or other foreign objects
Grasses (seeds with barbs), but also other tiny objects, sometimes end up in your dog’s ear and cause your four-legged friend a lot of discomfort. Sometimes grasses even penetrate the eardrum! Immediately go with your dog to the vet to have the unwanted guest (s) removed.
Prevent ear problems in dogs
To prevent your dog from getting problems with his ears, it is crucial that you always dry his ears properly when you have washed them or when he has swum. In addition, regularly clean your dog’s ears with Ear Care, available from your veterinarian.