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Ear Infections: Signs and Symptoms
Ear infections can cause a range of symptoms in dogs. The main symptoms include:
- Itchy, irritated ears
- Tilting the head to one side
- Pain when opening the mouth wide
- Hearing loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Walking in circles
These aren’t the only signs of a dog’s ear infection, but they are the most prominent. The most common symptoms may be followed by pain. That is why it is normal to see your dog tilting her head to one side or shaking her head excessively.
It’s likely that you won’t know whether your dog’s ears are red or swollen on the inside. If the infection is serious, you might be able to smell it. If your dog is displaying odd habits, you can contact your holistic veterinarian. Ear infections aren’t usually life-threatening, but they can cause hearing loss if the infection is left untreated for a long time.
Dog Breeds Prone to Ear Infection
Think long, droopy ears! Dog breeds with long droopy ears or non-erect ears may develop more ear infections than dogs with erect ears.
- Afghan Hound
- Basset Hound
- Bull Mastiff
- Bichon Frise
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Springer Spaniel
- Great Dane
- Golden Retriever
- Portuguese Water Dogs
CBD and Ear Infections
Since it acts as an antifungal, coconut oil, like the type found in the tinctures at Hempific Hounds, is another great choice for managing ear infections. Coconut oil, when combined with CBD, an anti-inflammatory, can help control ear infections when taken orally.
Preventing ear infections is critical, but determining the cause can require some trial and error. Ear infections caused by allergies often begin with poor gut health. Gut health can be impacted by highly processed foods, over-vaccination, and chronic stress, which can lead to ear infections. It’s also important that you clean your dog’s ears on a regular basis. Your veterinarian or groomer will be able to advise you about how to clean your dog’s ears properly. Cleaning the dog’s ears can be done once or twice a week in most cases.
You should not remove any hair from your dog’s ears unless your veterinarian instructs you to do so, as this may cause inflammation.
As with any new protocol, consult your holistic veterinarian to decide the best choice for your dog’s specific needs.