what causes dog ear infections?
Ear infections are caused by a variety of things. Dogs who have ‘floppy’ ears tend to get ear infections more often due to the lack of light and air flow to the ear canal — dark and damp – perfect place for bacteria and yeast to grow and flourish! Some breeds like Cocker spaniels and golden retrievers are more prone to ear infections – both of which have heavy, hairy ear canals.
things that can cause serious ear infections in dogs:
Basically, first comes the itch, then comes the scratch…and scratching too hard can cause cuts, scrapes, inflammation - which opens the door to infection. so anything that causes your dog to scratch at his ears can be a catalyst (no pun intended) for a potential ear infection.
- Moisture in ear canal from swimming/bathing
- Hormonal imbalances, or other immune problems
- Ear Mites
prevention is easy and important!
- Keep it clean and dry!
Dry ears after bathing/swimming and make sure you don’t get water into your dog’s ears when you bathe him at home. If you think it is unavoidable, you can place cotton in his ears prior to his bath. Just don’t forget to remove it!
- Allergies must be controlled, and any ear mite infections treated.
Your vet can teach you how to keep your dog’s ears clean and dry and ways to keep your dog’s outer ears clean. Your groomer can talk to you about removing excess hair from your dog’s ear canal. Along with controlling mites and allergies, this is an effective strategy for keeping ear infections at bay. Not all ear problems can be prevented, but by keeping up with your dog’s ear hygiene and health, you will be sure to have less problems in the long run.