To keep a dog in a perfect health condition at all times, it is very important and vital that you take note of any behavioural changes that occurs in the dog. This is one of the very fundamental ways of making sure you the dog is safe with you. There are lot of environmental and internal factors that can aid the presence of infection or disease in vital organs of the dog’s body system, meaning it is imperative that you understand these factors and how your dogs react to each and every one of them.
One of the very common and dangerous infections capable of causing adverse health condition in dog is the ear infection. This ear infection is capable of resulting into permanently deafness and balancing difficulties if proper and fast actions are not taken to mitigate and eliminate the dangers of the infection.
The main purpose of this article is to highlight signs and symptoms that would be involuntarily shown by your dog when she has contacted this infection. Keeping abreast of these symptoms will invariably help keep tab on the wellness of your dog at all time. One of the reasons why it is very important to pay succinct attention to this article is because of the fact that you would not be able to know the exact signs and symptoms to look out for when determining if your dog is infected in the ear or not.
Dogs that are Prone to Ear Infection
Before we go deep into the full weight of the signs and symptoms, it is very good to understand the range of dogs that are more prone to have ear infections than others. Having a good knowledge of this will help you make decision as regards the kind of dog you wish to bring to your home so that you won’t run the risk to treating this infection in your dog in the earnest time possible.
Dogs that have flaps covering their ear are at a high risk of coming up with ear infection than the other kind of dogs. The reason behind this is that the flap covering the ear is responsible for reducing the airflow that gets into the external canal of the ear.
This means that there is always a high possibility of the ear canal having a lot of debris which would later accumulate and lead to ear infection.
Another type of dogs whose probability of having ear infection are those that have excessive hair growth in the ear canal. Airflow into the ear is the main reason behind this increased probability and it is as a result of the excessive hair covering the spaces meant for air to comfortably and conveniently flow.
Let’s start unveiling the symptoms already.
How to tell if my dog has ear infection
This is one of the very obvious and basic signs that are noticeable in dogs when it does have ear infection. The dog tends to scratch the region of the outer region of the ear with its limbs. The minimal discomfort felt by the dog at the early stage of the ear infection is the main reason why the dog is trying to ease such difficulty through scratching the ear regions.
Being a good observer at this point of the infection will definitely go a long way in determining the survival level and the estimated cost of taking care of the dog. Though this symptom might be related to other form of dog’s infection or disease, it is advisable that you fix an appointment with your vet doctor as soon as possible to avoid any more painful experience on the part of the dog.
The very moment your dog start having a yellow, brownish or traces of blood in his or her discharge, it is a clear warning that something is definitely wrong with the body structure and system of the dog.
Not paying attention to this very obvious symptom is a guaranteed way to further inflict more pains and suffering on the dog – dog lovers detest this and so do I.
Dogs being a very cordial pet, the dog would in all sincerity give you tons of signs to show you that something is definitely wrong with some parts of their body. One of such signs is a change in the odour of the dog – a sweet smell.
The very moment you notice an odour emanating from the ear of your dog; it is a clear signal that there is an ear infection danger looming. Take it to heart and take immediate action to safe the situation as soon as possible.
- Hair loss
Though it might take a while for you to notice a typical hair loss from any part of your dog, creating a bond with the dog and creating time to check up on her on a regular interval is a sure way to get alerted when there is any loss of hair in any part of the dog body.
You will agree with me that there are tons of ailments and infections that can make your dog loss hair, that doesn’t take away the fact that it is one of the very strong and important symptoms to look out for when it comes to dog ear infection.
Hence, maximum alertness and decision making is key immediately you notice this symptom.
Just because ear infections are a function of bacterial and fungal, there is a chance of the dog have a swollen and reddish part in the region of the ear. Therefore, it is a symptom that can easily point to the fact that your dog is a victim of this infection.
Redness is stipulating that the dog has been fighting for its life with this ear infection for quite a while before now. Hence, swift and rapid appointment must be made with the vet professional or if the vet doctor is not available, it is advisable to seek help from animal centres close your residence.
- Scabs on the ear
At this point, the dog is already in need of urgent help from you. Once you start seeing crusts on the inner part of the outer ear of your dog, then there is no other option available for you than to take the dog to the nearest vet doctor.
Because the infection is a fungal infection, that is why there is visibility of crusts and scabs at this point of the infection. It can only grow to this stage if you deliberately or in-deliberately delayed treatment as at when you noticed the previously mentioned signs and symptoms.
You should not allow the infection get to this point before taking actions, but should in case it does get to this point, treat as urgent.
- Intense itching
The ear infection is taking a better part of ear and the dog is feeling a very intense level of itching. This sort of itching has gone beyond what the dog can make use of the limbs to scratch as the case was in the initial stage of the infection.
At the crucial stage of the ear infection, the dog becomes really restless. When you notice that your dog is rubbing her ear against walls, floors, and any other surface that is available and at the dog accessibility, you need to understand that the infection is almost getting to the serious point.
Delaying treatments at this stage of the infection will definitely make it easier for the dog ear infection to keep victimizing the dog and making it go through a whole lot of pains and suffering. You won’t be happy to see this happen to your pet.
- Head tilt
The major constituting factor to ear infection is accumulation of debris and lack of removal from the ear external canal which imperatively lead to the action of the bacteria and fungi on it. The debris is said to be in a molten state which means it does tickle the dog ear sporadically.
Once the ear is tickled, the dog will automatically respond to the stimuli by shaking its head profusely with the sincere hope that the debris will find its way out of its ear. Because that is not the case, the tickle comes at interval once the ear infection gets to the stage and the dog keep tilting its head as well.
Once this is noticeable, the dog is in a big danger of losing vital functionality of the ear if adequate and deep-rooted treatments are not administered immediately.
- Eye movement
Due to the sensitivity of a dog’s eyes, the ear infection has a way to breaking into their normalcy. A dog suffering from ear infection will develop an abnormal eye movement when the infection gets to a very severe stage in the dog.
At the point, all of the aforementioned symptoms must have been displayed by the dog and if perchance you didn’t get to notice any one of them, then you should get this. The dog will be giving a troubled and victimized look which results into abnormal movement of the eyes.
The only rational thing to do at this point is to get to a professional vet doctor for treatment.
- Circular walking
This is the penultimate sign you will see before the dog get to the point where the ear infection will deny her the basic functions of the ear. This means once you can’t get it here, the dog is at a risk of having a functionless ear.
The dog will start walking in around in a circular manner. You should note that this is not an intentional act by the dog; rather it is a function of the diminishing prowess of its balancing organ – the ear.
The only reason why you won’t notice all the previous sign before it gets this worse is if you are not available to take care of the dog or perhaps your observatory and alertness level is close to zero. Care must be taken to save the dog.
- Lose of vital function of the ear
Have you come across a deaf dog before? Or have you seen a dog who cannot proper establish its balance at any point in time? Whether your response is in the affirmative or negative, your dog is on the verge of showing you the exact way it does look like – if it gets to this stage.
The dog will be losing its hearing ability as quickly as possible as this point. Though it is a symptom, I would rather call it the final symptom of the ear infection. This is because the worst thing that would happen to a dog that has ear infection is deafness and loss of balance.
Balance is what keeps you from falling off your feet when you stand and this is a very vital function of the ear. If you don’t come to the rescue of the dog before this symptom shows up, then you might as well prepare to have a dog that does not hear you and balance properly as well.