Almost 36% of the United States population are dog owners, we love dogs and as such it’s crucial to ensure their prosperous health. Ear infections are one of the underlying dog related health issues we have to deal with. Despite it being common and easy to prevent or even cure, most people take note of these problem with their dogs.
Preventing Ear Infections
- Is your dog always shaking his head?
- Is there any discoloration, swelling or any type of discharge from the ear?
- Is there an odor coming from the ear?
- Is your dog frequently tilting his head with one ear on the lower side?
- Ear infections are more common in dogs with floppy ears. This is because their ears trap warm air and moisture inside the ear which becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. You want to keep your dog’s ears clean and dry. For dogs that enjoy swimming you want to dry the inside of their ears immediately after they leave the water. Cleaning the ears should be done as regularly as possible, at least once a week. Avoid homemade solvents and adhere to suggestions from your vet. Most homemade solvents are water based which beats the purpose.
- Ensure there is nothing around or in your dog that might be the cause of the infection. Most often it’s usually something else causing the problem. Things like allergies and foreign objects might be the cause so ensure to rule these out. Remember dogs are allergic to certain things like pollen and foods just like us.
- Try additional dietary supplements to boost your dog’s immune system. This is beneficial for those dogs with predetermined conditions that might cause infections such as allergies. The best supplements are those directly recommended by your vet.