​Dog Ear Infections: What to Know and What to Do About Them

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Dog Ear Infections:

What to Know and What to Do About Them

Ear disease is one of the most common conditions we see in pets. The medical name for inflammation of the outer ear canal is Otitis Externa (also known as swimmer's ear). Estimates show that up to 20% of the dog population is affected by this disease. Moreover, ear infections are among the most common recurring canine problems.

We've compiled information about ear infections, how to tell if your pet has one, and what you can do to prevent them.

Chronic ear infections are extremely common in the following types of dogs:

long eared dogs

swimming dogs

recently vaccinated puppies

older/senior dogs

dogs with an abundance of ear wax

dogs with allergies, thyroid imbalances, or immune system disorders

Conventional veterinary medicine often treats infected ears with oral antibiotics, topical drugs or even surgery. The problem is that none of these treatments is a cure, and ear infections can reoccur.

Dog's external ear anatomy and ear canal configuration creates a perfect incubator of microbes. Additionally, since the ear environment is dark, warm and moist, it retains moisture and is difficult for pet owners to inspect and wipe clean.

Many dogs suffer from chronic ear infections that are caused by a yeast overgrowth. Yeast infections are always secondary to some underlying cause, such as allergies. Topical antibiotic treatment can also encourage the growth of yeast.

Foreign material in the ears causes irritation and if left untreated can lead to an infection. Since the ear canal has an "L" shape, foreign bodies become lodged down in the canal. To avoid this, always groom under the ear flaps, especially after your dog has been running in tall grass, weeds and brush.

It is common in professional grooming parlors to pluck hair out of the ear canals. Serum then oozes from the hair pores, making an excellent medium for bacterial growth. This may be one reason why ear infections are more common among Poodles, Schnauzers, and other breeds that are professionally groomed. It is recommended that you do not allow hair to be plucked from this area unless there is a medical reason to do so. In some cases, the hair forms a wad that obstructs air flow and keeps the ear canals moist; avoiding this would be a valid medical reason to remove the offending hair.

How to Tell if Your Dog Has an Ear Infection

Is your pet suffering from an ear infection? The following symptoms may indicate that your dog needs to have his ears checked by a veterinarian:

  • Scratching of the ear or area around the ear
  • Brown, yellow, or bloody discharge
  • Odor in the ear
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Crusts or scabs on inside of the outer ear
  • Hair loss around the ear
  • Rubbing of the ear and surrounding area on the floor or furniture
  • Head shaking or head tilt
  • Loss of balance
  • Unusual eye movements
  • Walking in circles
  • Hearing loss

WebMD, Healthy Dogs, How Can I Tell if My Dog Has an Ear Infection?

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About the Ear Cleaner:

Eye Envy All Natural Deep Ear Cleaner is an ear wash designed to breakup wax and prevent ear infections in cats and dogs. Made of all natural ingredients, it is gentle on your pet while helping eliminate ear odors. Eye Envy® All Natural Deep Ear Cleaner also comes with the patented silicone tip applicator for precise delivery and to make it easier for pets that resist ear cleaning.

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Anti-inflammatory

No dyes or fragrances

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We recommended you use the Eye Envy Ear Dryer; step 2 of the ear treatment process. For use by Dogs and Cats.

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About the Liquid Ear Dryer:

Eye Envy All Natural Ear Dryer is designed to soothe and dry the ear of moisture after the cleaning process. Made of all natural ingredients, it helps eliminate scratching, and future wax built up. Eye Envy All Natural Ear Dryer also comes with the patented silicone tip applicator for precise delivery and to make it easier for pets that resist ear cleaning.

Alcohol Free - sting Free

Sulfate Free

Anti-inflammatory

No dyes or fragrances

Made with the patented PurOtic Silicone Tip

Active Ingredients: Aloe Vera Gel,Diatomaceous Earth, Chamomile, Tea Tree, Clove Oil, and Echinacea.


We recommended you use the Eye Envy Deep Ear Cleaner; step 1 of the ear treatment process. For dogs only.

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Eye Envy - Natural Liquid Ear Dryer, 4 oz

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