German Shepherd Ear Problems
Dog’s ears are prone to infections as you may have noticed if your pet dog has had issues with their ears in the past. Should your German Shepherd have chronic ear infections, here is information that can help you and your dog.
For dogs, ear infections are usually referred to as, “Otitis Externa“, which simply means a disease in the outer ear.
Whereas “Otitis Interna“ is a disease of the inner ear.
Outer ear infections account for 90% of the infections in dogs, making ear infection the most common infection for your German Shepherd to be treated for. Ear mites can and also often do accompany dogs ear infections.
Is Your Dog Allergic?
Another thing to remember is that dogs with different allergies tend to suffer from ear infections more than many other dogs.
An infection can be caused by wax building up inside the ear, and may also be caused by long hair blocking the passage of air, causing a buildup of not only wax, but also debris and dirt.
Regular Cleaning Helps to Avoid German Shepherd Ear Problems
Regular ear cleaning will get your pet used to having their ears handled, allowing it to be easier to administer future treatment.
You can prevent German Shepherd ear problems and infections by cleaning your dogs ears well as a part of their regular grooming routine. Cleaning your puppy's ears is easy as you only need a soft cloth and ear cleanser. Simply lift the ears and massage some cleanser to the ear; this will loosen the dirt and other nasty things that may cause future infection(s).
Regular ear cleaning is a powerful, preventative measure, especially if you have a dog that is at a higher risk for ear infections (dogs that swim often, for example). Water inside the ears could be a nagging issue for any dog as they are not made for aquatic living.
You'll spot an ear infection on your GSD by paying attention to these signs
- smelly ears
- excessive head shaking
- redness within the ears
If your dog appears uncomfortable or is constantly scratching their ears, it's probably because they have an ear infection. Pay close attention because if you pet is scratching too hard, this could also break arteries and cause swelling and bleeding.
Another good method of cleaning your dogs ears is by using white vinegar to remove dirt from the ear and market the development of good bacteria.
Use the vinegar the same way that you would use ear cleanser: pour it on and wipe carefully within the ear with cloth or cotton ball. This may help ease the infection(s) or even clear it up if it was not too severe to start. This may help your German Shepherd ear problems and infections as a most likely at-home solution.
On the other hand, if the infection is serious, it’s wise to phone the vet. It may be fixed easily, though your dog will need some antibiotics to help clear the issue.
The vet might also tell you to clip the hair round the ear or they my do it themselves if your dog has recurring ear infections as this often helps. If the problem is more extreme than that, the vet might suggest surgery allowing for easier drainage of the ear canal.
Some breeds are more prone to chronic ear infections than others; examples would be breed’s with large ears or ears that are particularly small.
Now, because you know what signs to look for, you should be able to detect ear infections on your dog before these become a serious problem.