Ear infections in dogs are not uncommon. Dogs let us know when they have ear infections by scratching their ears with a paw, tilting the head, head shaking and discharge. Dogs can experience pain when opening the mouth or they can be reluctant to chew. You may notice a smell or redness in their ear. This can be caused by bacteria, yeast, pollen, grass and ear mites. It can be prevented with flea and tick medications. Some dogs have food allergies which can predispose the ear to infections. Dogs that are prone to ear infections are Cocker Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, Pit Bulls, Poodles, and Shar-peis. If the dog has allergies it can develop ear infections. You need to ask your vet if the medications used could cause deafness or other serious side effects. Your vet can tell you if the dog's eardrum is intact.
Keep the Pets ears dry and clean
To clean you can use a couple of drops of coconut oil or olive oil, placed into the ear canal. This softens the excess wax and helps it move up and out where it can be wiped away with a tissue.
To dry inside flap and around the opening of the ear canal use a cloth towel or tissue.
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