Infection of the external ear canal is called otitis externa and is one of the most common types of infections seen in dogs. Some breeds, particularly those with large, floppy or hairy ears like Cocker Spaniels, Miniature Poodles, or Old English Sheepdogs, are more prone to ear infections, but ear infections may occur in any breed.
Just like in humans, ear infections are painful to dogs. They will commonly shake their heads or scratch their ears trying to relieve the pain and odd feelings. Ears can become reddened, swollen and have a discharge. Normally the discharge will have a strong smell.
The most common type of ear infection is fungal; an overgrowth of yeast. Puppies and kittens tend to have ear mites and these are not normally seen in adult dogs. Ear canals can also be narrowed and have a smaller opening due to dirt or debris which harbors bacteria. Chronic ear infections can lead to very narrow canals and even closed canals.
It is very important to keep your dogs ears clean and treat any ear infections early. Our Ear Care (Otaxium Drops) are a great way to keep ears clean and in good health as well as treat early yeast and bacterial infections of the ear. Just place the drops in the ear, massage the outer ear and wipe off any excess oil.