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What to Know About a Dog Ear Infection from a Baltimore, MD Veterinarian

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A veterinary expert at Fullerton Animal Hospital, serving Baltimore, MD, and the surrounding area, can diagnose and treat your pet with a dog ear infection. In most cases, your pet will develop an infection as a result of a bacteria or yeast. However, other issues can contribute to an ear infection. Our veterinarian will help diagnose the condition and provide you with the appropriate treatment. 

Symptoms of a Dog Ear Infection

You might notice your pet keeps scratching hir or her ear or around the ear as the result of the infection making the ears itchy. From the scratching, your pet may have scabs around the area. Some dogs have a bloody, yellow or brown discharge. It's possible you'll notice an odor exuding from the ear. Redness and swelling could arise. Your canine may try to relieve pressure from the discharge by heading shaking or tilting. Some dogs experience a loss of balance or will walk in circles. Unusual eye movements or hearing loss is possible. 

Causes of a Dog Ear Infection

Although ear infections, bacteria, and yeast are the most common causes of an ear infection, your pet might develop an infection from ear mites. Excessive hair, wax or moisture could contribute to an ear infection as well. Foreign bodies and allergies can stimulate the onset of an ear infection. Some dogs develop an infection because of hypothyroidism, a condition that occurs when not enough of certain hormones are created by the thyroid.  

Diagnosing a Dog Ear Infection

Typically, our veterinary expert will diagnose an ear infection by evaluating the eardrum and canal using the magnifying cone, the same one used on people. Depending on your pet and the severity of his or her condition, your pet may need to be sedated for this particular procedure. A sample of the discharge may be needed in order to determine the exact cause of the infection. For instance, the veterinarian will use the sample to determine the presence of parasites, bacteria or yeast. Then testing in a laboratory will determine the exact bacteria causing the infection.  

Contact Our Local Veterinarian to Treat a Dog Ear Infection

In a majority of cases, our veterinarian will use an in-office professional cleaning along with a medication to be given at home. You may receive a topical or oral medication to clear up the infection. Some dogs experience recurring ear infections. However, our veterinarian will educate you on ways to prevent infection in the future. 

Contact Fullerton Animal Hospital, serving Baltimore, MD, and the surrounding area, by calling 410-665-6996 to schedule an appointment to have your dog examined for an ear infection.