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Dog Ear Irritation and Ear Fungus: A Simple Solution To A Common Malady
Dog ear irritation is a common problem encountered by many dogs, which could be brought about by a variety of things, including a fungal or yeast infection of the ear.
Signs of dog ear irritation include:
- Scratching and pawing at ears
- Head shaking
- Red or swollen ears
- Unusual odor coming from ears
WHAT CAUSES DOG EAR IRRITATION & DOG EAR FUNGUS?
Most dog ear infections are very often caused by yeast and bacteria. Ear mites are another common problem, particularly puppies, that may need to be eliminated. To find out the exact problem, all it takes is for your vet to swab your pet’s ears for a sample to view under a microscope to determine the microorganism type to blame.
Dogs who spend a lot of time swimming are more very prone to ear issues as water could become trapped in the ear. There is also the possibility of moisture from grooming or bathing being the cause. In short, any type of moisture in the ear canal creates an ideal environment for microorganisms to thrive. Therefore, it is important to clean ears and remove moisture regularly.
Another possible cause of dog ear irritation is an allergy to something in the environment. This could be anything, from certain plants, pollen, mold, dust mites, even down to certain foods. Dogs that are predisposed to ear infections may undergo a reaction to allergens, in which microscopic inflammation of the skin occurs, creating an ideal environment for bacteria and yeast, which are already naturally present in the skin, to overproduce and create irritation and infection.
NUMBER ONE HOME REMEDY FOR DOG EAR IRRITATION & INFECTION
Whether it is caused by moisture exposure or an allergy, if an ear infection is discovered, the first step is to clean out your canine friend's ears using a gentle cleanser. Do note that this could be rather painful for your furkid, so be as gentle and patient as possible. To clean your fur friend's ears, first fill the ear canal with cleaning solution before using a cotton ball, and then gently massaging the ear at the base. The cotton ball will absorb the debris and excess solution while allowing the cleaning liquid to move throughout the ear canal. Once the ears have been cleaned, let them dry for about ten minutes, longer if your furkid has larger ears. Once dry, you could then add a medicated ointment or drop, such as Wrinkle Balm.
Wrinkle Balm is made from all-natural ingredients, so feel free to apply a generous amount of Wrinkle Balm to the affected area and let it work its magic. Do take note that while it is safe to apply Wrinkle Balm on the underside of the ear, applying the balm inside the ear canal should be avoided.
Products to avoid using on your dog’s ears:
- Small cotton swabs
- Rubbing alcohol—this will further irritate and inflame the skin
If there is no visible improvement, or it seems that your furkid’s ears may be getting worse, please do make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.
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