Ear Infections | Westchester Animal Hospital

Ear Infections

Ear problems are a common occurrence with dogs and cats alike. Problems relating to ear infections are the body’s way of signaling imbalance. The body is in distress and it’s trying to get your attention. Ear infections highlight distress on a systematic level. If your dog appears to have soreness or redness, seek medical attention as soon as possible. The biggest myth about ears It is a myth that infected or waxy ears are a sign that cleaning is needed. Cleaning the ears too often can actually introduce more resistant pathogenic bacteria and create a never ending cycle, not to mention that damage to the ear can and often does occurs.

Why does it happen?

The most likely explanations are as follows:

Liver balance
Inappropriate diet and nutrition
Neck problems as caused by trauma or injury
Problems with the temporal-mandibular joint.
Lumbar injuries that affect the intestinal tract
Too much ear cleaning
Frequent treatments that lead to bacterial resistance
Less likely are:
Ear mites
Frequent swimming
Not enough ear cleaning
Foreign Objects
Sudden Allergies

What can I do to prevent ear infections?

You have to know the underlying cause to prevent it from happening. Seek the treatment of a veterinary professional. While bathing, grooming, or swimming can cause the ear canal to become moist and require a gentle cleaning, the veterinarian should rule out other more alarming and frequent causes.

We do encourage you to keep the hair around the ear trimmed and to treat any flea or tick infestations as these are known to irritate and cause inflammation. Bathing and grooming your pet can prevent problems and maintain your dog’s hygiene desirable.
If you live in a place with extreme weather conditions such as scorching heat or freezing cold, please do your best to protect your pet’s ears. While yeast and bacteria grow in places with moisture and heat, icy weather causes frostbite. Put cotton balls in the outer ear or cover the ear with ear muffs or a hat to reduce the influx of moisture. Avoid using cotton swabs (“Q-Tips”), as these can force debris down the ear canal.
Do not use chemical agents if cleaning your dogs ears. These include hydrogen peroxide and alcohol.
Be aware of food allergies and seasonal allergies. Address these changes as necessary. You may need to return to the previous food selection or tell your vet to consider a replacement. For seasonal allergies during a recent move, ask your vet for advice, There may be topical lotion or a shampoo to help with the allergy symptoms.
Teach kids not to play with your pet’s ears, especially little ones which may lodge objects in the ears.