How to Treat Ear Infections in Dogs: A First Aid Guide


Ear infections in dogs can be a serious problem, so it's important to know what to do if your pooch gets one. Ear infections are usually caused by bacteria or fungal infections that spread easily among dogs. These can cause ear pain and discomfort and even lead to permanent hearing loss if left untreated. If you notice your dog scratching at its ears or shaking its head frequently, it could be suffering from an ear infection. Here's how to determine whether your pet has an ear infection, how best to treat it, and what signs indicate when medical attention is necessary.

Use an ear cleaner

If you suspect your dog has an ear infection, it's important to clean out their ears. This will prevent the spread of bacteria and help them heal faster. The best way to clean your dog's ears is with a gentle disinfectant solution. You can purchase these products at most pet stores or online. Follow the instructions on the bottle and be sure not to push too far into their ear canal--you don't want to puncture any eardrums!

Take your dog to the vet

If your dog has an ear infection, take them to the vet. The vet will be able to prescribe medication and advise you on how to treat the infection. The vet will also determine whether or not it's bacterial or fungal in nature so that they can prescribe the right medication for your dog's particular needs. 

Ear infections are also hard to treat if you don't know what is causing them; this means that it's important for owners who suspect their dog has an ear infection (or foreign object) to check with their vet before trying any home remedies or DIY treatments themselves!

If necessary, vets will flush out the ear canal and prescribe antibiotics so that it heals properly without further complications down the road like scarring or infection spreading elsewhere on their body due to poor circulation due to damaged tissue.

If your dog gets an infection in its ears, don't let them swim until it's healed! Swimming leads to increased moisture in the ear canal which can cause infections if left untreated--and even worse problems if water gets trapped inside of their ears! Once treatment begins at home, check your pet's ears every day for signs of improvement or worsening of their condition; clean them regularly, and return to the vet if necessary. 

Give your dog pain medication if the infection is severe or ongoing

If your dog is having severe pain, or if the infection is ongoing and not responding to home care, it's time to give them some medication. A common treatment for ear infections in humans is amoxicillin (Amoxil), but there are other antibiotics that can be used as well. Your vet will likely prescribe an oral antibiotic for you to administer at home; follow their instructions carefully about dosage and frequency of administration. It's important that you give your pet the correct dose every time--overdosing on medicine can lead to serious health problems (including death).

If you have any questions about administering medications, talk with your vet before giving anything else directly into the ear canal or applying drops directly onto the eardrum itself!

Keep your dog comfortable

If your dog has an ear infection, there are several ways you can keep them comfortable while they recover. Firstly, it's important to follow the veterinarian's instructions for administering any prescribed medications. Cleaning the ears with a gentle, veterinarian-recommended solution can help remove debris and aid in the healing process. Avoid inserting cotton swabs or any other objects into the ears, as this can cause further irritation or injury. Ensure that your dog's ears remain dry and avoid exposing them to water, which can exacerbate the infection. Monitor your dog for signs of discomfort, such as ear scratching or head shaking, and provide them with a calm and quiet environment to minimize stress. Regular check-ups with the veterinarian will help track the progress of the infection and ensure appropriate treatment adjustments if necessary.


Hopefully, you will never have to deal with an ear infection in your dog. However, if your dog does get one, it's important that you know how to treat it. The best way to prevent ear infections is by keeping their ears clean and dry. If your dog has had an infection in the past or gets frequent ear infections, then consider using a special ear cleaner on them every week or so as part of their regular grooming routine.


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