How To Tell If Your Dog Has An Ear Infection

Ear infections are incredibly painful and left untreated can damage the ear and eventually lead to hearing loss. If you think your dog might have an infection, look for changes in their ear and their behavior. If they have any of the symptoms of an infection, it is important to take them to the veterinarian for treatment.

Changes in the Ear

If your dog has an ear infection, there may be visible changes to their ear. Look for redness and inflammation inside their ear as well as any discharge or excess wax. If their ears start to have a sudden odor that wasn’t there before, this can also indicate a problem. Bacterial infections can cause swelling, redness, discharge and odors. These infections require treatment with antibiotics.

Behavioral Changes 

In addition to the visible symptoms in their ear, your pet’s behavior may change if they have an infection. In response to the pain and irritation, your dog may tilt or shake its head or rub its ears against the floor or furniture. If you notice any of these behaviors in your pet, it could indicate an ear infection.

If your dog has any of these symptoms, you’ll want to take them to the veterinarian to prevent further issues. Call Coastal Carolina Animal Hospital in Wilmington at 910-792-9600 for more information about how to tell if your dog has an ear infection.