LEND ME AN EAR…
One of the most common issues I “hear about” from dog parents is ear infections. And since we’re coming up on the Easter season and the floppy-eared bunny, I thought it was timely to share these great tips. If you know what to look for and what to do, you can prevent a lot of bigger, more expensive ear problems in your dog
My first pug Raisin was plagued with ear infections throughout most his life. Ironically they began coming on about a year after I switched him from homemade organic dog food to a crappy, expensive “prescription” food used to treat his urinary issues. As time went on, and I kept filling him with processed corn, wheat, grains, gluten and poultry by-product meals, the infections got much worse.
After a few years of misery and living on pricey antibiotics, Raisin underwent an extensive surgery where a small hole was drilled under his jaw and a tiny tube was inserted deep in the canal of his inner ear allowing it to drain and heal. It was a traumatic, painful ordeal for the poor little guy but it was successful. However, not too long after, he began having problems in his other ear and eventually the infections returned with a vengeance.
At age 13 he got another painful infection, deep in his inner ear. Antibiotics were no longer effective and he was not in any condition to undergo another exhaustive surgery. We made the heartbreaking yet humane decision to let him go. I wish I had known then what I knew now because I truly feel I could’ve avoided most if not all these chronic ear issues.
If your dog is experiencing persistent ear problems or is a breed predisposed to them, -read on. These simple tips should save you a lot of expense, hassle and heartache because preventing ear infections is actually quite easy.
Ear problems in dogs are the result of inflammation and/or infection. Any untreated inflammation can lead to infection. If your dog’s ears are warm to the touch, red, swollen and/or itchy, but there’s little to no discharge, chances are the problem is inflammation. However, if one or more of those symptoms is present along with a brown, green or bloody discharge, that can be anywhere from thin and runny to a thick sludge, chances are it’s an…