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Preventing Ear Infections

Updated: Jan 7, 2023

Doodle ears are long and floppy and if the ear hair isn't trimmed and kept clean it can lead to that familiar, funky smell with brown gunk and a trip to your vet. But did you know that ear infections can be prevented through routine care?

Ear infections typically involve bacterial overgrowth within the ear canal. Big ears in particular can create an ideal environment for an infection, especially floppy ears, which tend to block airflow to the ear canal. This creates a moist environment ideal for bacteria. Doodles need their ear hair routinely trimmed or plucked, to prevent ear infections. The ear canal also has fuzzy hair inside, which can trap debris and moisture. There are products that help dry out your pup's ears like Zymox and this ear cleaning solution. If your pup gets frequent ear infections, your vet can prescribe a stronger cleaner for weekly use/prevention.

Your pet’s external environment also plays a role in contracting ear infections. If you live in a warm and wet climate, the likelihood of your pet developing an infection may be higher.

How Do I Spot the Symptoms of an Ear Infection?

If left untreated, infections can lead to permanent damage in the ear canal or even deafness. Severe cases are rare, but it is best to know the signs of an ear infection and to take care of it as early as possible.

Some signs to look out for include:

  • Excessive shaking or head-tilting

  • Unusual odor

  • Hearing loss

  • Loss of coordination

  • Scratching ears

An easy way to spot an ear infection is by regularly rubbing and scratching your pet’s ears. Many pets love these ear scratches, so if you notice your pet starts pulling away from you, this is a sign an infection may be developing.

If you notice any of these symptoms, talk to your veterinarian immediately.

This article was brought to you by Vetsource.

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