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Treating Dog Ear Infections, Dog House Tips, and Other Animal Care Advice

Dog house tips and methods of treating dog ear infections are two of seven topics covered in this installment of a regular animal care advice column.

| June/July 1994

  • 144 pet health - treating dog ear infections
    Know what you're doing before you try treating dog ear infections or removing ticks from pets.
  • 144 animal care advice - dog house tips
    Except in the coldest climates, it's best not to insulate a dog house.
  • 142 animcal care advice - andrea looney
    Veterinarian Andrea Looney provides animal care tips in each issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
  • 144 animal care advice - goat leg
    Soft ground and accessible feed are helpful for healing a broken goat leg, but some injuries still might require a cast.
  • 144 animal care advice - cow, parasitic fly larvae
    Your cow will spend more time grazing and producing milk if you stop grubs by keeping the parasitic fly larvae population down in the barn

  • 144 pet health - treating dog ear infections
  • 144 animal care advice - dog house tips
  • 142 animcal care advice - andrea looney
  • 144 animal care advice - goat leg
  • 144 animal care advice - cow, parasitic fly larvae

Our resident veterinarian provides animal care advice and quick solutions to your pet and livestock problems. 

Treating Dog Ear Infections

Dear Andrea: 

My poodle-mix puppy is constantly tilting his head and holding one ear funny. What can we do to treat ear mites?  

— Kaye McIver
Red Bluff, CA

Dear Kaye:

First off, it is a rarity for dogs to have "ear mites." The mite, Otodectes , is a common parasite of the external ear canal of cats and ferrets but rarely affects dogs. However, dogs do succumb to a variety of bacterial and yeast ear infections quite readily. Poodles, cocker spaniels, and golden retrievers seem to be prone to these because of their ear anatomy and internal hair.

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