Ear infections are one of the most common reasons for dogs’ vet visits. Unlike the human ear canal, which lies horizontally, the canine ear canal is mainly vertical, making it the perfect trap for moisture and foreign bodies.
As you can imagine, the combination of warmth and trapped moisture deep inside your dog’s ears creates the ideal environment for bacterial and yeast infections to flourish. An ear infection can also develop due to the presence of ear mites, allergies, and excessive hair and wax.
Ear infections are often extremely painful and need to be treated by a vet to prevent permanent damage to the middle ear and ear canal, which could leave your dog with significant or total hearing loss.
Here are the 5 most common signs that your dog has an ear infection:
If you see any of these symptoms, you need to take your dog to the vet as soon as possible. Especially because these symptoms can be a sign of something more serious. Of course, prevention is better than the cure, so it pays to keep your pet’s ears healthy.
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