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Emergency Dog Health Care : How to Treat Dog Ear Infections

August 17, 2019

Hi I’m Dr. Adrienne Mulligan of Camp Verde
Veterinary Clinic in Arizona to tell you today about problems with dogs ears on behalf of This is Maya and this is my helper Amber. First I’m going to talk to
you about a simple ear infection that you might notice that you dog would have some
discharge coming from there ear or a odor. Some people notice a odor but the discharge
will often be blackish or brownish and if you miss with there ears a little bit you
might hear noise which may be moisture inside the ears. There is a number of things that
could be causing it so you don’t want to play doctor at home you do want to take your dog
to the vet. If your dog is having a bit of discomfort at home and the vet is not open
and you need to wait for tomorrow. There are somethings that you could do if you keep a
few things at home. Basic ear wash is sold at any pet store and a ear wash is a liquid
that you could use as a flush. To help flush out some of the debris and potential form
bodies and potential insects are exceed and things like roaches and other insects with
big wings. That i have pulled out of dogs ears deep inside not to mention ear wigs.
Sometimes they do come out of the ears and so if you have a problem that you notice that
your dogs ears you could use a ear flush to pour inside the ear and massage it a little
bit and clean that out. But, always use cotton balls to absorb the remaining fluid that you
put in and it would bring out a little bit of the dirt with it but, it would also help
to lubricate the ear so There is a foreign body she may be able to actually shake her
head and fling it out. Also want to mention that it is a fairly common myth that dogs
adult dogs get ear mites and the is really not true in most cases. The occasional dog
will get ear mites in a filthy environment with lots of cats with ear mites but for the
most part it is just not usually the case. They usually get a yeast infection and it
could be do to many other reasons. So don’t go to the store and buy ear mite medicine
and anything for ear mites go to your veterinarian and get a diagnosis first but, the other thing
that you could do if you suspect of foreign body like out west we have fox tail which
are really nasty and won’t come out very easily you could lubricate the ear with olive oil
and sometimes that would grease it up enough that they can shake it out. So that is a little
home remedy. If you happen to have any kind of a ointment from your veterinarian this
would calm a ear until you could get her to the veterinarian but don’t use to much of
it our else the veterinarian may not be able to see what it is in there when they go in
and try to look at that better. So those are basically things you could do when you notice
something is wrong with your dogs ear.


  • Reply Susanne Barbour September 2, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Whic one's Mia?

  • Reply Ryan Wood February 18, 2010 at 6:56 am

    my dog is violently scratching her ear on the ground, and it is red inside. we gave her some perscribed medicine and some ointment and she is still doing it. what is this a sign of?

  • Reply irishanaconda September 8, 2010 at 8:57 am

    @MrJaxon545 the black chow

  • Reply irishanaconda September 8, 2010 at 8:58 am

    AWW look how young amber looks lmao

  • Reply Lisa July 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

    looks so easy to put in… but SO HARD!

  • Reply dannyd1572 September 23, 2013 at 8:19 am

    My bassett does the same. Bloody ears. Green slime.

  • Reply dannyd1572 September 23, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I've spent nearly $1,000 to get my bassetts ears fixed. She has the waxy brown build-up, which is one stinky thing. However whats worse is the green slime (infection) that comes out of her ears constantly. I can clean them one day and later that night, they are worse. Nothing works. I've tried douches, monestatt, peroxide, vinegar, yogurt, tea tree oil…nothing. The stench is so bad that I nearly throw up when I'm cleaning them. Any thoughts?

  • Reply Vicky Won September 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    For my dogs swollen ears I used calamine lotion inside and out, sulfur shampoo mixed with dandruff shampoo with pyrethin zinc and tea tree oil. tested on myself and no burning was evident, then used on dog. Still shaking his head; dabbed mouthwash with eucalyptus and other oils and there was even more relief.  Gave him tiny antihistamine tablet that I tried first.  Can give 1/2 of tablet; see if there's improvement. Will take dog to vet once historical road flooding here is over. Flooding caused bugs out of soil and onto one of the dogs. Used ice block wrapped in cloth and slowly moved to worst swollen area. Numbs pain temporarily. Menthyl containing shampoos cool the itch.

  • Reply Erick Juarez March 25, 2016 at 2:03 am

    my blue nose pitbull ears get swollen and keeps scratching like CRAZY and makes this awful loud noises she also scratches her back against the floor violently and my other dog is a red nose pitbull and they were both raised TOGETHER but the red nose pitbull never scratches herself what so ever. What do I use to stop the iching???? Anyone ???

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