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


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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