Chủ Nhật, 11 tháng 9, 2016

Signs of Dog Ear Problem

How many times have you been to a vet because of dog ear problem? Perhaps, you've given antibiotic drops, and the ear problem cleared up.....until the next time.
Bacteria is not the cause of most ear problems, but anything that changes the normal health of the ear canal can leave an opening for bacteria and yeast to grow and multiply.
Your dog's ear canal is lined with skin, and skin diseases are usually to blame for unhealthy and unhappy ears.
Whenever you notice signs of ear problem in dog like an ear discharge, odor,sensitivity, don't stop at the ear. Look further.
Evaluate your dog's skin and coat, check for parasites such as fleas, or trouble spots on the skin.
If your dog is suffering from a dog ear problem, your dog could have food allergy. You might see ear troubles coupled with mild gastrointestinal symptoms, such as belching, flatulence, and soft stools.

Scratching – means your dog is itchy or uncomfortable
Shaking the head – it could mean your dog’s ear is painful or irritated as from a foxtail or infection. If your dog is holding one ear lower than the other; that’s probably the ear that’s bothering him the most.
A head tilt - it means a very painful ear or an inner ear problem, often from an infection that has extended across the eardrum.
Repeatedly ducking or bobbing the head while swallowing – indicates a foxtail in the ear, tonsil, or throat
Sensitive to touch – If a foxtail or plant seed is lodged deep in the canal, your dog might cry out when the base of the ear is even gently touched. In some areas of the country, spinous ear tick can cause great discomfort when it crawls into the canal and feeds there.
Redness - together with tiny blisters and swelling of the skin and tissues of the ear are all common symptoms of dog ear problem associated with allergies. Redness can also result from yeast infections and constant scratching.
Offensive odor or discharge – this ear problem in dog with strong odor usually means infection. If a wet, soupy discharge is present, and the ear is painful to touch, have your vet check your dog.
Bloody discharge – indicates a serious disruption and should be seen by your vet ASAP.
Heavy accumulation of wax – a small amount of brown wax is normal for some dogs. Excessive brown wax is often seen with skin problems affecting the ears. Black, waxy discharge may mean yeast or ear mites. Ear mites can sometimes be seen with a magnifying glass as tiny, white, moving dots.
Crusts or scabs on the tips of the ear – Flies can cause irritation to the ear margins.

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