Types of Infections

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Dog’s ear infections can be either bacterial or fungal, so it’s best to take them to a veterinarian to determine which one your dog may have to treat it properly. Yeast is the most common cause of fungal infections. Yeast is common and present on the bodies of all animals, but when an animal’s immune system is compromised, the fungus can get out of control. So if your dog is prone to yeast infections, it’s a good idea to have their ears cleaned and dried regularly. If your dog’s ear infections are a common occurrence and seem to come back regularly, there could be other immune causes you should look into.

Bacterial Infections

Bacterial ear infections are pretty common ear problems for any dog.  There are two  types of bacterial infections: pathogenic and non-pathogenic. Pathogenic are typically caused by a dog being in contaminated water. Non-pathogenic are a normal part of your dog’s body. But good bacteria can still grow out of control and cause infections if their immune system is compromised. Your Vet will most likely swab your dog’s ear to get a culture. They will need to determine what kind of bacteria it is and what medication will be best to treat it.
Whatever your vet prescribes for your dog’s ear infection, make sure to finish all of it to prevent any re-occurrence of the infection. Make sure to keep your dog out of any water and keep the ears clean to give the medication a chance to get in the dog’s ear canal.

Fungal Infections

Fungal infections, or yeast infections, can be a real nuisance for you and your dog.  It is very uncomfortable for them.  There are some over the counter things you can try or some home remedies to try first before you load him up to the vet.  Antifungal ointment or cream is a good choice to start with.  When you see a brown, greasy discharge coming out of your dog’s ear or if you notice a not-so-pleasant smell, you can almost guarantee your dog has a yeast ear infection.  Your dog will also be scratching his ear a lot and possible tilting his head or shaking his head.

Allergies can be one of the causes of a yeast infection.  This could be allergies to the food they’re eating, snacks, environment, shampoo, etc.  If the infection is not all the way into the ear canal, there’s a good chance it is allergies.  You will see this ear infection again and again if the culprit is not discovered so it’s a good idea to do a process of elimination test.  Cleaning your dog’s ears regularly can make a big difference in seeing reoccurring problems.

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Causes Yeast Infection 

 dog’s ear canal is shaped like an “L”, as in the picture above.  Yeast grows in warm, moist dark places in your dog’s ear so if your dog is in water a lot or you don’t dry their ears thoroughly, yeast can grow rather quickly.  Pollen, dust, cigarette smoke, chemicals and possibly food can cause an ear infection.

If it becomes an inner ear infection, your dog could experience a loss of balance and if it’s not taken care of early on, it can lead to deafness.  Yeast infections can be on your dog in various places, including their paws, skin, and even on the derriere.