Dog Ear Infections: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

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Varies from mild to severe

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Key points

  • Dog ear infections can cause scratching, head shaking, and an unusual discharge from the ears.

  • Diagnosis is made by a veterinarian examining inside the ears and performing lab tests. 

  • Treatment involves cleaning the ear and ear drops for simple cases, with more extensive treatment needed in advanced or severe cases.

  • Prognosis (outcome) is good in most cases, and partly depends on prompt treatment.

  • If left untreated, ear infections can spread deeper in the ear canal and can cause loss of hearing.

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Symptoms & types

When there is an ear infection, your dog may shake their head, scratch their ears, or rub their face along the ground.

Understanding the diagnostics

Ear infections are painful and the longer they go on, the harder they are to treat.

Learning About The Causes

Treatment should always be carried out under the instruction of your veterinarian.

Best Treatment Options



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