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Treating Ear Infections In Dogs

Ear infections are very common among dogs. The problem can occur in the outer ear, middle ear, or inner ear. There are pet owners who choose to treat their dog’s problem at home based on what they read or hear from other pet owners. There are also myths about treating ear infections that continue to make the rounds. Here are some ear infection myths busted:

Myth: Use unconsumed medications from a preceding infection 

Fact: A physical examination should be performed by a veterinarian before proceeding with any form of treatment. Despite resolving a previous infection with a similar nature as the current infection, giving leftover medications to your dog should be avoided. 

Myth: Ear cleaning may be the cause of your dog’s ear infection 

Fact: An underlying health condition is the usual cause of ear infections among dogs. Several etiologic agents can be associated with ear infections, namely yeast, bacteria, allergies, hormonal problems. Previous trauma, foreign objects, and tumors can also cause an ear infection. The breed also plays a significant role in the occurrence of ear infections among dogs, primarily due to the ear anatomy specific to certain breeds. 

Any signs of ear infections or other ear problems in your dogs should warrant a visit to your veterinarian Ellicott City, MD.

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