Ask the Vet Archive

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Topic: Ear Infection

Question from Sally in Wallingford:
I think my dog has an ear ache. She keeps scratching at her ear with her paw. Is there anything I can get at the pet store for my dog?

Answer from Dr. Mindy Cohan:
Although a trip to a local pet store might be more convenient and less expensive than scheduling an appointment with your dog's veterinarian, it is not the better option. If your dog keeps scratching at her ear, it is very possible that she is suffering from an ear infection.

Ear infections can be both itchy and painful. If not addressed, your dog could develop inner ear problems or an ear hematoma. Both of these conditions may require surgery and will be much more costly in the long run.

Ear infections can be caused by yeast, bacteria, or mites. Your veterinarian can take a swab of the ear canal and determine the underlying cause of the infection and prescribe the appropriate treatment. An exam of the canal will enable your vet to evaluate the ear drum and to make sure no tumors are visible.

Posted December 13, 2008

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