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How to Tell if Your Dog's Ears are Healthy

Last updated 6 years ago

Your dog’s ears can be particularly prone to infections, making regular checking important – especially if they will be staying at a dog boarding kennel in the company of other animals, where the chances of picking up infections are increased.

Causes of Ear Problems

Many types of ear problems can affect dogs, including fungal and bacterial infections, flea and insect bites, lodged foreign objects and problems caused by allergies to pollen and certain foods. Some breeds of dogs are particularly sensitive to ear problems, such as long eared breeds like Basset Hounds, Labradors and Schnauzers, as their longer ears create warm and moist environments that promote bacteria growth.

What to Look For

Frequent checking of your dog’s ears is the best way to identify any signs of problems, including bad smells, swelling, redness or discharge. Some dogs may also exhibit unusual behaviour that can be a sign of ear problems, including excessive head shaking, ear scratching and yelping or loss of balance when walking. If your dog has any of these symptoms, it’s advised to take them to the vet for an examination, as they may be experiencing severe pain and discomfort or be at risk of more serious problems if left untreated.

Pet Resorts in Brisbane

Samford Pet Resort is a hotel for dogs, cats and other animals in north Brisbane, which offers short and long term stays. If you are planning to be away from home and need to make use of a pet resort to look after your four legged friends, get in touch with the friendly staff at Samford on (07) 3188 0934.


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