How to Treat Dog Ear Infections

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Learn what to do if you think your dog has an ear infection, in this free emergency pet health care video.

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Hi I'm Dr. Adrienne Mulligan of Camp Verde Veterinary Clinic in Arizona to tell you today about problems with dogs ears. This is Maya and this is my helper Amber. First I'm going to talk to you about a simple ear infection that you might notice that you dog would have some discharge coming from there ear or a odor. Some people notice a odor but the discharge will often be blackish or brownish and if you miss with there ears a little bit you might hear noise which may be moisture inside the ears. There is a number of things that could be causing it so you don't want to play doctor at home you do want to take your dog to the vet. If your dog is having a bit of discomfort at home and the vet is not open and you need to wait for tomorrow. There are somethings that you could do if you keep a few things at home. Basic ear wash is sold at any pet store and a ear wash is a liquid that you could use as a flush. To help flush out some of the debris and potential form bodies and potential insects are exceed and things like roaches and other insects with big wings. That i have pulled out of dogs ears deep inside not to mention ear wigs. Sometimes they do come out of the ears and so if you have a problem that you notice that your dogs ears you could use a ear flush to pour inside the ear and massage it a little bit and clean that out. But, always use cotton balls to absorb the remaining fluid that you put in and it would bring out a little bit of the dirt with it but, it would also help to lubricate the ear so There is a foreign body she may be able to actually shake her head and fling it out. Also want to mention that it is a fairly common myth that dogs adult dogs get ear mites and the is really not true in most cases. The occasional dog will get ear mites in a filthy environment with lots of cats with ear mites but for the most part it is just not usually the case. They usually get a yeast infection and it could be do to many other reasons. So don't go to the store and buy ear mite medicine and anything for ear mites go to your veterinarian and get a diagnosis first but, the other thing that you could do if you suspect of foreign body like out west we have fox tail which are really nasty and won't come out very easily you could lubricate the ear with olive oil and sometimes that would grease it up enough that they can shake it out. So that is a little home remedy. If you happen to have any kind of a ointment from your veterinarian this would calm a ear until you could get her to the veterinarian but don't use to much of it our else the veterinarian may not be able to see what it is in there when they go in and try to look at that better. So those are basically things you could do when you notice something is wrong with your dogs ear.

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