What is otitis externa?
Otitis externa is inflammation of the ear canal commonly associated with an ear infection.
What causes otitis externa?
Some breeds are more prone to ear infections due to the size or shape of their ears. Other dogs get infections due to frequent swimming or hair growth in their ears. An overgrowth of bacteria or yeast is often present in otitis externa.
If your pet regularly gets ear infections, your vet may want to check for underlying conditions such as an allergy to something in their environment or diet.
What are the signs of otitis externa?
- Bad-smelling ears
- Ear scratching and/or head shaking
- Tilting the head
- Discharge from the ear
- Swelling or redness around their ear
- Reluctance to have their head touched
What to do if you think your pet may have an ear infection
Talk to your vet about suitable treatment options.