First Aid for Dogs: Understanding Canine Ear Conditions


The human ear is a pretty amazing organ. It has three parts: outer, middle, and inner. The outer ear contains the auricle (or pinna) which collects sound waves and directs them into the external auditory canal. The external auditory canal leads to the eardrum where vibrations are transferred to fluid-filled chambers called bony labyrinths. The fluid in these chambers moves when it vibrates, causing pressure changes that you hear as sound waves travel through your head and into your brain.

Otitis (ear infection) is the most common canine ear disorder.

Otitis (ear infection) is the most common canine ear disorder and can be caused by bacteria, yeast, or other fungi. Otitis can be acute or chronic, depending on how long the infection has been present and whether it's been treated. Acute otitis may resolve itself within a few days with proper treatment; however, if this doesn't happen or if your dog continues to have symptoms after three weeks of treatment with antibiotics, he may have developed chronic otitis which requires further medical attention.

Otitis can be caused by moisture inside your dog's ears due to bathing him too often or keeping him in damp conditions such as those found near swimming pools; foreign objects such as grass seeds entering his canal through grooming; allergies affecting his skin around his head and neck region where there are many glands that produce secretions which may then get into his ear canal when he scratches himself; irritation from insect bites on these areas resulting in swelling around them causing pressure against eardrums leading up towards canal entrances allowing more chances for bacteria growths/infection etcetera...

Ear mites are a common dog ear problem.

They are small insects that feed on the skin cells of your dog's ears, causing irritation and inflammation. A few other symptoms may include scabs or crusts around his ears, excessive scratching at his head or neck area and head shaking. Ear mites can be transmitted from one animal to another via direct contact with infected animals or their bedding materials such as straw bedding, grassy fields where dogs play together outdoors often (like parks) or even through shared blankets if one family member has been in contact with an infested pet before coming home from work each day!

It is important not only for us humans but also our pets too when we go outside together so make sure everyone puts on sunscreen lotion before heading out onto those hot summer days ahead!

Dogs can get an ear drum puncture from a foreign object in the ear canal.

Eardrum punctures are caused by foreign objects entering your dog's ear canal. The most common culprits are twigs, grass, or wood pieces, but they can also be caused by a dog shaking its head too hard.

If you notice blood coming out of your dog's ear, take him or her to the vet right away. Your veterinarian may need to perform surgery on their ears in order to repair the damage done by an object getting stuck inside them--or worse yet--puncturing through the sensitive eardrum itself! If left untreated for too long (and if no other symptoms arise), dogs can lose their hearing completely due to nerve damage incurred during this type of injury."

Otitis externa (aka swimmer's ear) is the result of moisture getting trapped inside the ears and not drying out properly.

Swimmer's ear is the result of moisture getting trapped inside the ears and not drying out properly. It's caused by irritation, inflammation, and infection in your dog's ear canal that leads to swelling, redness, pain, and discharge from one or both ears.

Symptoms include:

  • itching around the face or head area (usually behind one or both ears)
  • scratching at the affected area(s) repeatedly with paws/pads of feet while walking on hard surfaces like tile floors or wood floors; sometimes they will rub against furniture as well if they have access to it while indoors
  • licking at affected areas constantly as if trying to relieve an itchiness sensation

Blood in the ears could be due to an infection, trauma, or injury.

Blood in the ears could be due to an infection, trauma, or injury. A foreign object can cause blood in the ear, as well as punctured eardrums and ear infections. Ear mites are another common cause of bloody discharge from your pup's ears, along with fluid build-up inside them which can lead to infection if left untreated.

Fluid build-up inside of them can also be caused by allergies or water trapped inside after swimming that needs to be removed manually by a veterinarian before it becomes infected (and painful for your pup!).

Dogs can develop all kinds of problems with their ears and they can affect how they hear and how they smell, but there are ways to treat them.

The ears are a very sensitive part of your dog's body. They can be affected by all kinds of problems, including infections and other health issues. The ears contain many small bones that help to support them, so when these are damaged it can make your dog feel very uncomfortable.

There are several types of ear conditions that may occur in dogs:

  • Ear Infections - Dogs often get an infection in their ears because they don't clean themselves properly or they spend too much time outside where there is dirt and debris on the ground (which can get inside their ears). If your dog has an ear infection it will usually cause him/her pain when you touch the area around his/her head; this pain might also spread down into his/her neck region if left untreated long enough! If this happens please take him/her immediately over to see one of our veterinarians so they can prescribe antibiotics which will help heal everything up quickly before any further damage occurs!


Most of the time, dogs will be fine with a little bit of ear cleaning and some antibiotics. If your dog has an ear infection or swimmer's ear, then it may need to see a vet who can prescribe something stronger. Ear mites are usually treated with oral medication or topical drops that will kill off any insects in the ear canal before they can cause any more damage. If there is blood coming out of your dog's ears then you should seek immediate medical attention because this could be indicative of something serious like head trauma or brain injury!


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