Treating Chronic Ear Infections in Dogs
Ear infections are one of the number one reasons dogs are seen in vet hospitals. Ear infections can cause your dog to experience a great deal of pain and discomfort.
Symptoms of Ear Infections in Dogs
Some dogs experience severe symptoms when dealing with an ear infection, others show no obvious signs. However, knowing what to look for in your dog can save them great distress. Dogs experiencing an ear infection may droop their head to the infected side, produce a foul-smelling discharge, and/or constantly shake or rub/itch their head. If you dog exhibits any of these symptoms, it is best to get them into a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Diagnosis of Ear Infections in Dogs
Dogs presented to a veterinarian with these symptoms, will be given a physical exam, including a peak into their ear using an Otoscope. An otoscope allows a veterinarian to see into the dog’s ear canal and visualize the ear drum. The veterinarian can generally tell right away if there is an infection going on, but may also take swab samples to view under a microscope or to send out to a diagnostic laboratory. This information helps veterinarians determine the best suited medications for treatment. Additional blood or chemistry tests may be advised to rule out any possible underlying problems or diseases (ie. hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, etc.)
Treatment of Ear Infections in Dogs
Most ear infections in dogs will be treated with medications. Treatment will depend on the cause and severity of the ear infection, and also taking into account the pain tolerance of the dog and/or the dogs willingness to take oral medications. Sometimes because the ear infection is causing such immense pain, the dog may become too aggressive to medicate adequately.
Luckily, advances in medication have been made to help treat dogs with little to no stress on the dog. Before any medication (topical or other), many veterinarians recommend an ear cleaning and/or ear flush depending on the severity of the infection. This may require sedation in some dogs. Once the debris is removed, the dogs ear is ready for medication. Typical medications might involve oral antibiotics and/or topical creams/ointments (administered at home). However, Golden Gate Veterinary Compounding Pharmacy offers a way to get the medication administered directly in the veterinary clinic, so that no at home care is needed.
Our Otic Ear Packs and Next Gen Otic Ear Packs offer multiple medications in one easy to administer application. Your veterinarian will decide the type and strength of medication used, however, most Otic Ear Packs include an antibiotic (to treat any bacterial/fungal infection), an antifungal (to treat fungal and/or yeast infections) and a steroid (to treat inflammation, swelling and itch). Again these Otic Ear Packs are administered in clinic under the supervisor of your veterinarian and will time release medication over a 10-14 day period. Your dog will feel immediate relief as the medication is applied directly to the infected area of the ear. With the administration of our Otic Ear Packs, no at home treatment is necessary.
Your veterinarian will generally request a follow up exam in a couple weeks to determine if the ear infection has been adequately treated, or if another round of medication is required. Our Otic Ear Packs have made the treatment of ear infections in dogs more effective and more convenient than ever.
Many dog owners deal with ear infections in their dogs. But now, treatment doesn’t have to be part of the burden. Ask your veterinarian if Golden Gate’s Otic Ear Packs are right for your dog.
This information was in part adapted from information from the following sites:
Canine Ear Inflammation and Infection - AKC Canine Health Foundation http://www.akcchf.org/canine-health/your-dogs-health/caring-for-your-dog/canine-ear-inflammation-and.html
Chronic Otitis/Chronic Ear Infection in Dogs - VetStreet http://www.vetstreet.com/care/chronic-otitis-chronic-ear-infection-in-dogs