How to Tell If Your Dog Has an Ear Infection

With the majority of your dog's body covered in fur, their ears, nose, eyes and mouth become important windows into their overall health. Identifying a possible ear infection early on helps you prevent the problem from spreading, may give you an indication to alternative health concerns and allows you to restore your pet's comfort faster. Here are a few ways you can tell if your dog has an ear infection.

With the majority of your dog's body covered in fur, their ears, nose, eyes and mouth become important windows into their overall health. Identifying a possible ear infection early on helps you prevent the problem from spreading, may give you an indication to alternative health concerns and allows you to restore your pet's comfort faster. Here are a few ways you can tell if your dog has an ear infection:

  • Redness and swelling
  • Yellow, brown or a blood discharge from the ear
  • Your dog continually tries to scratch at their ear
  • Hair loss in and around the ear
  • Constantly shaking their head as if something is stuck in their ear
  • Scabs and crusty spots form around the ear
  • Rubbing their ears on carpets and furniture.

Dogs Prone to Ear Infections

Some dogs are more prone to suffering from ear infections. If your pet has allergies, they are more likely to experience ear infections. Additionally, if your dog has extensive hair growth around the ear canal they are more susceptible to infections.

Check Your Dog's Ears on a Regular Basis

When brushing and grooming your pet, always take a quick peek into their ears. If you notice dirt inside their ears make sure to clean it out with a damp cotton swab. Be careful to avoid going deep inside the ear canal.

When to See a Vet

If you notice any of these symptoms, monitor your pet's activity. Allergic reactions will typically go away after a few days. If the symptoms continue or become worse, it's time to take your pet to the vet.