Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dog Health - Ear Disorders

Typically the ‘pit bull’ ears are generally low maintenance. Routine checks to make sure inside the ear is clean, pink, and smooth. If you notice your dog pawing at its ears check for red irritation, discharge, or odor. Some dog owners believe cropped ears help prevent ear issues but this isn’t true. Some breeds are more simply more prone to getting ear issues. The short ears of a ‘pit bull’ usually allow plenty of air circulation so that cropping isn’t an issue.

Yeast infections

Rarely the main cause of the infection the yeast organisms invade moist and red irritated ears or even toes. Some antibiotics cause this as a side effect. Scratching only worsens the irritation. Easy to identify this thick whitish discharge has a yeasty smell. A good home remedy for this problem is a diluted vinegar wash. Sometimes however it does sting and it often doesn’t take care of the main cause of the infection. Seeing the vet can help cure both issues.

Aural hematomas

This condition is quite common, mostly found in retrievers. The ear flap swells causing blood vessels to rupture.  Serum or blood fills up the space between the skin and cartilage in the dog’s ear. The cause of this is unknown. Often this is caused by other issues going on such as allergies, porcupine quills, or even ear mites. If left untreated painful scarring occurs. Your vet can ease the pain and make the dog more comfortable with prescriptions. Treatments don’t always cure the issue but it’s recommended they are tried before the option of surgery.

Fly strike

Flies target the ears usually due to wax, wound, cut, or scent of infection. The vicious cycle continues when the miserable dog scratches until the irritation is bleeding and attracts more flies. To stop the process from continuing remove the dog from the infested area, clean the ears and seek advice from your vet. To prevent this from happening be sure the outside is rid of any garbage or other fly attractions.

Disclaimer – In no way am I claiming to be an expert on these topics. These are only informational articles written to help dog owners. It’s recommended that you always do your own research and consult with your veterinarian for more detailed information. (01-24-13)

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