Ear infections are common for dogs, especially in certain breeds, such as hounds and Cocker Spaniels. These dog breeds have floppy ears and tend to get more ear infections. An ear infection can impact one or both ears. Dogs often exhibit some initial signs of an ear infection, including scratching, whining, and shaking their heads. If you live in the Vancouver area and believe your dog may have an ear infection, you should contact 1st Ave Animal Hospital to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dhunna.
What is an Ear Infection?
Pet ear infections can have serious impacts if not treated. Therefore, it is critical to get your animal examined if you believe it has an ear infection. An ear infection is formerly called otitis externa, otitis media, or otitis interna. Otitis externa is the most common and it is caused by inflammation of the cell lining of the external portion of the ear canal. Otitis media occurs in the middle of the ear canal and otitis interna is inside the canal. The infection often starts externally and spreads inward. Middle and inner ear infections may become serious, resulting in paralysis of the face and loss of hearing.
Common Symptoms of an Ear Infection
While some dogs do not show any symptoms, others may exhibit head shaking or scratching at the infected ear. You may also notice an odor, dark discharge, redness and swelling of the ear canal, or crusty scabs in the ear.
How Can an Ear Infection Be Treated?
The staff at an animal clinic will completely clean your dog’s ears with a medicated cleaner. The veterinarian may prescribe medication for you to apply at home. We may also prescribe an ear cleaner. If the ear infection is severe, we may prescribe an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. Most ear infections will resolve about one to two weeks after treatment.
Choose 1st Ave Animal Hospital in Vancouver
At 1st Ave Animal Hospital, we know your pet is an important part of your family. We also understand that when your pet is not feeling well, it can be a stressful time. We provide the highest quality care for your pet in a clean and friendly environment. We work hard to reduce stress for you and your pet. Our animal hospital can care for your pet when it is sick, but we also provide a variety of preventative measures to ensure your pet stays healthy. Call our team today at (604) 254-5480 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.