General information on Otitis Externa
Otitis Externa is an irritation to the external ear canal. There are many causes for this including earwax, allergies, moisture in the ear, bacterial infections, fungal infections, ringworm, foreign objects, ticks and skin diseases.
The irritation causes the ear canal to become inflamed and painful.
Symptoms of Otitis Externa
Symptoms of Otitis Externa include pawing at the ear, the dog frequently shakes its head, a foul odor coming from the ear, ear discharge and the ear is painful to touch.
Treatments for Otitis Externa
Treatment of Otitis Externa will most likely start with ear cleansing. A vet will inspect the contents of the removal to determine that cause of the problem. If ear mites are the cause than it would be a good idea to have your other animals checked.
Antibiotic ointments and pain relieving drugs might be prescribed by your vet. The dog may also need a protective collar to prevent ear scratching.
If the infection is very severe, surgery could become an option.
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