How do I know if my dog has an ear infection?

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Ear infections in dogs: Symptoms, causes and treatments.

Scratching and rubbing at the ear(s) and head shaking are common signs.

You may also notice an abnormal odor from the ear or see redness or swelling.

Most Ear infections in adults are caused by bacteria and yeast, though ear mites are a common cause in puppies.

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Symptoms your dog may have with an ear infection include:

  1. Head shaking or head tilting.
  2. Ear odor.
  3. Vigorous scratching.
  4. Lack of balance.
  5. Unusual back-and-forth eye movements.
  6. Redness of the ear canal.
  7. Swelling of the outer portion of the ear.
  8. Brown, yellow, or bloody discharge.
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Take your dog to the veterinarian if you notice the following signs:

  1. Frequent urination.
  2. Breaking housetraining.
  3. Blood in the urine.
  4. Dribbling urine.
  5. Crying out while urinating.
  6. Straining to urinate.
  7. Frequently or obsessively licking the genital area.
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Symptoms your dog may have with an ear infection include:

  1. Head shaking or head tilting.
  2. Ear odor.
  3. Vigorous scratching.
  4. Lack of balance.
  5. Unusual back-and-forth eye movements.
  6. Redness of the ear canal.
  7. Swelling of the outer portion of the ear.
  8. Brown, yellow, or bloody discharge.
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Most often, a dog ear infection will not go away on its own. All types of otitis require a veterinarian to evaluate the infection and the eardrum.
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You have signs that the infection is getting worse, such as: Increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness.

Red streaks leading from the area.

Pus draining from the area.

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Although there are no definite signs, some symptoms that might indicate illness and fever in dogs include:

  • Lethargy.
  • Depressed mood.
  • Shivering.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Vomiting.
  • Coughing.
  • Nasal discharge.
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Take your dog to the veterinarian if you notice the following signs:

  1. Frequent urination.
  2. Breaking housetraining.
  3. Blood in the urine.
  4. Dribbling urine.
  5. Crying out while urinating.
  6. Straining to urinate.
  7. Frequently or obsessively licking the genital area.
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