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7 Signs of Ear Disease

Friday, April 10, 2015

Does your dog shake their head a lot? Or have you noticed a less than pleasant smell coming from their ears? This could be a sign of ear disease. Ear infections and problems are some of the most common issues we treat as vets, particularly in dogs with long, floppy ears.

What are the signs of ear disease?

  • Scratching or rubbing at the ears or head
  • Odour from the ears
  • Discharge in the ears
  • Shaking of the head or tilting of the head
  • Redness inside the ears
  • Pain around the ears
  • Irritable or depressed behaviour

How to prevent ear disease

Check your pet’s ears on a regular basis to make sure they are clean, healthy looking and smell normal. We recommend regular cleaning using a veterinary recommended product, particularly if your dog swims a lot, has the aforementioned floppy ears or if your breed of dog is more prone to ear disease such as cocker spaniels, golden retrievers and schnauzers. Make sure ears are thoroughly dried after having a bath or swimming and trim away any excess hair around the ears to encourage more air flow.

If your pet is showing any of the above symptoms, don’t delay, book in to see the vet now. If you’d like some advice about ear cleaners, pop in to see us as we have a selection of recommended solutions available in all of our surgeries.


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