Recurring ear infections are a common problem for dogs but owners can make their life easier with simple prevention and treatment methods. Otitis externa, or ear infection is an inflammation of the ear canal and can cause pain and discomfort for your pet, as well as sleepless nights for you!
But how do you recognise the signs? The team of Super-earo's from Animalcare Ltd, providers of products and services to UK vets, have given their seven signs of otitis externa to watch out for:
- Scratching or rubbing of the ears and head
- Change of smell around the ear area
- Discharge in the ears
- Redness or swelling of the ear flap or canal
- Shaking of the head or tilting to one side
- Pain around the ears
- Changes in behaviour
If you notice any of these symptoms please refer to your registered veterinary practice for expert advice and a treatment regime. Your vet will most likely prescribe a course of antibiotic drops and it is very important to complete the course even though the signs of infection may have disappeared.
You can reduce the likelihood of an infection using products available at your registered vet practice. Firstly, it is worth carrying out routine cleaning and checking your dog’s ears at home so that you can detect any issues early on. A gentle cleaner such as Oticare, will remove debris, help against a build up of excess wax and reduce the chance of infection.
Secondly, you can use a new powder known as Oticurant to help balance and maintain the right environment for your dog’s ears, keeping them happy and healthy.
Both products are part of Super-earo’s new range of ear care products that follow a unique 3-step approach in ear care - cleaning, treating and preventing.
For information and step-by-step guides can be found on Super-earo's website.