My dog keeps scratching his ears. What might be wrong?
Don’t just assume your dog’s ears itch if he scratches them frequently. It may be a sign of a painful infection. Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of the following changes: ear discharge, a strange odor and head shaking.
Dogs frequently develop ear infections because of their long L-shaped ear canals that easily trap dirt and moisture. Breeds with long, floppy ears and dogs who frequently swim are the most susceptible. Parasites or allergies can also trigger an infection.
The best way to prevent ear problems in your dog is to try to keep the ears clean and to check them often for any discharge or odor. Ask your veterinarian how to use cotton balls and an ear cleaner.
By Dr. Larry McDaniel, DVM
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