Signs that your dog has a ruptured eardrum or middle ear infection can include discharge from the ear (often thick and pus-like or bloody), sudden hearing loss, red and inflamed ear canal, pain when touching the ear, a head tilt, stumbling and incoordination, and darting of the eyes back-and-forth (nystagmus).
How do I know if my dog has an inner ear infection?
Symptoms of Dog Ear Infections
- Head shaking.
- Scratching at the affected ear.
- Dark discharge.
- Redness and swelling of the ear canal.
- Crusting or scabs in the ears.
What does an ear infection look like in a dog?
The ears often become red and inflamed and develop an offensive odor. A black or yellowish discharge commonly occurs. In chronic cases the ears may appear crusty or thickened and the ear canals often become narrowed (stenotic) due to the chronic inflammation.
Will dog ear infection go away on its own?
Most often, a dog ear infection will not go away on its own. All types of otitis require a veterinarian to evaluate the infection and the eardrum. If the eardrum is ruptured, certain cleaners and medications can be toxic to the middle ear.
How do you treat an inner ear infection in a dog?
Antibiotics (such as amoxicillin-clavulanate, enrofloxacin, clindamycin, or cefpodoxime) will be used for a bacterial infection for 6-8 weeks minimum. If the infection is fungal in nature, an anti-fungal medication (most often itraconazole) will be prescribed.
What happens if you leave a dogs ear infection untreated?
Symptoms of canine ear infections include head shaking, scratching at or rubbing the affected ear, discharge, bad odor, redness inside the ear, swelling of the ear canal, pain, itchiness and crusts or scabs inside the ear or along the ear margin.
Is apple cider vinegar good for dog ear infections?
Many dogs with skin allergies also develop ear infections. Apple cider vinegar can clean a dog’s ears and rebalance the skin pH, but it will also dry out ears to combat yeast and bacterial infections.
Can you put peroxide in a dogs ear?
You will need a gentle veterinary ear cleaning solution and gauze squares or cotton balls (no cotton swabs!). We do not recommend the use of alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean your dog’s ears. These products can cause inflammation to the ear canal and further exacerbate infections.
Does Benadryl help with Dog Ear Infections?
Give antihistamines as directed.
Most pets can take (human) Benadryl. Call our office to see if this medication is okay to give to your pet. If so, Benadryl 25mg (adult) Tablets is given at 1mg per pound of their weight (small dogs and some cats can take Children’s Benadryl Liquid which is 12.5mg per 5mL).
How long can a dog ear infection go untreated?
While most uncomplicated infections resolve within 1 to 2 weeks, underlying conditions or severe symptoms may take longer or lead to chronic ear infection in dogs.
What is the brown stuff in my dog’s ears?
Outer ear infection (otitis externa).
A waxy, yellow, or reddish-brown ear discharge can also be a sign your dog has an ear infection, which can be a result of allergies, mites, polyps, overproduction of ear wax, excessive bathing or swimming (which can leave too much moisture in the ears), or other problems.
What does a dog ear infection smell like?
Inflammation of any parts of the inner ear in dogs can cause irritation and lead to changes that cause a malodorous smell. Sometimes the smell is foul—like garbage or morning breath. Other times, it may smell pungent like cheese or sweet like caramel.
How do I clean my dogs infected ear?
Mix apple cider vinegar and distilled water into a half and half solution. If you have a solution bottle or syringe, you can put the solution directly into the ear canal by squirting it in. Avoid using cotton swabs in your dog’s ears. A solution or syringe bottle will have a long tip to get the solution into the ear.
How much does it cost to treat dog ear infection?
Depending on each individual case, the cost to treat a dog or cat ear infection will vary greatly, but can initially cost anywhere from $50 to $300.
How urgent is a dog ear infection?
An ear infection is an emergency when your pet is in pain, you cannot touch or look in your dog’s ear, the ear is red and swollen, and/or your dog has a head tilt. All ear infections should be examined and treated by a veterinarian.