Otitis externa is an outer ear infection.
Otitis externa is a common condition it can be caused by wax and debris build up in the ear, flea bites, allergies, bacterial or yeast infections, ear mite infection, and tumors. While all dogs can experience ear infections, dogs with long floppy ears and dogs with long hair are prone to these infections. Always be sure to regularly check your dog’s ears are clean and clear of foreign matter.
No. Ear infections are painful and if left untreated can lead to loss of hearing.
A vet will do a physical exam on your dog’s ear. If you dog is uncooperative, a sedative may be administered to allow the vet to fully investigate the infection and the cause. Wax buildup can negate the effectiveness of topical medication. The hair around the ear will be removed and the entire ear canal cleaned out.
For dogs that have painful infections, your vet will administer general anesthesia to completely clean out the infected ear and canal. Your vet will likely give you a topical medication and a cleaning regimen to make sure your dog’s ear stays clean. Oral or injected medication are usually reserved for deeper ear infections.