Most people love their dogs like a member of the family. And it affects everyone when a beloved pooch is obviously not feeling well. Instead of playing with the antler dog chews, your pet seems agitated. But dogs don’t have to suffer in silence. There are red flags that pet owners can watch out for. And there are two kinds of ear infections to be aware of.
Bacterial Ear Infections
This type is the most painful. If it is a bacterial infection, you’ll notice a discharge in the area of the ear. Look for a lemon-colored seepage with a gooey consistency. In some cases the leakage might have a dark ebony tint with a lumpy texture. Other signs are if your dog repeatedly swipes at a particular ear, or tilts the head as if trying to empty the ear. There is also a tart, almost spicy odor from the dog.
Yeast Infections in the Ear
In addition to the bitter acidic smell both types have, yeast infections also cause your pooch’s ear to look dried up and flaky. The skin about the ear starts peeling. This type of infection is accompanied by extreme itching, and even the gentlest dog may become moody and irritable.
Treatments for Dogs with Ear Infections
Before you treat your pet, it must be determined exactly what type of infection it is. Take your dog to a board-certified veterinarian who can administer the proper medical tests. The doctor will then prescribe medication to clear up the infection.
Some people prefer to use natural alternatives. A good home remedy is washing out your doggy’s ears with vinegar. Let it sit in the ear canal for a few minutes, and then rinse it out. Be sure to thoroughly dry the ear, and repeat as needed. If there is no improvement from using your home solution, definitely take your dog to get medical attention.