Ear Infections in Dogs: What to Look For

Dogs have an amazing ability to feel better after just a few minutes of being looked at by their owners, but sometimes they need more. If your dog is suffering from an ear infection, it's important to know what you're dealing with and how to treat it.

In this article, we will discuss each cause in detail so that you can make an informed decision about what needs to happen next for your pup!


The dog's ear is a very complicated organ, and it can be difficult to distinguish between an ear infection and the normal wax build-up that occurs during the course of a dog's life. However, there are some telltale signs that your pet has an infection, including:

  • Foul odor coming from the ear canal
  • Discharge coming from the ear canal
  • Dogs shake their heads frequently as if they have something stuck in their ears.
  • Discharge from the ear
  • Redness and swelling in the ear canal.
  • Excessive scratching at the ears


Dog's ear infection can be caused by a variety of factors, including the following.

  1. Ear mites. Ear mites are small bugs that live in your dog's ears and cause them to itch and become inflamed.
  2. Bacteria or yeast infections, which may be caused by allergies or inflammation from other sources, such as fleas or ticks.
  3. A foreign object lodged in your dog's ear canal, such as a piece of wood or string that has been chewed on by your dog and then stuck in the ear canal during playtime with other dogs.
  4. A fungal infection (ringworm) caused by a fungus that grows on dead skin cells or hair follicles in your dog's fur and spreads to the skin when it comes into contact with other dogs during playtime or grooming sessions."


Ear infections are common in dogs, and they can be painful. Here are some simple care tips to help your dog feel better:

  1. Clean the ears with rubbing alcohol or a dog ear cleaning solution.
  2. If you're using a cleaning solution, follow up with water to remove the residual cleaner from inside the ear canal.
  3. If you notice that your dog is scratching at their ears more than usual, it's likely due to irritation caused by an infection. Consider taking them to the vet for treatment.


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