Listen up for the facts on ear infections

By Susan Aiello • Published: September 1st, 2011
Category: Animal Airwaves

What do you get if you bend the neck of a long funnel and plug up the bottom? Answer — a dog’s ear.

Dogs have deep ear canals that hold in moisture, which creates warm, comfortable conditions for bacteria and mites. Hair, wax and floppy ears also keep moisture in the ear and make matters worse.

Scratching, rubbing and head-shaking are common signs when pets feel the itch of sore ears. Over time, frequent infections and chronic inflammation lead to scar tissue that can permanently block the canal.

Now lend an ear to the good news. Regular, periodic cleaning greatly reduces ear infections and scar formation. Ask your vet for a good cleansing solution designed for pets, along with instructions on how to get the job done.

Don’t let this message fall on deaf ears. Keeping your pet’s ears clean and dry is the best prevention for ear infections.