Do you smell something that stinks like the bottom of a garbage can?
Are you continuing to see scratching, head shaking and whining?
Excuse me, we’re not describing your significant other. We’re talking
about your dog, and he probably has an ear infection.
WHAT CAUSED THIS AWFUL THING?
Ear infections are typically caused by bacteria, yeast, or a combination
of both. Allergies also often lead to ear disease in about 50 percent of
dogs, and in those that have a food sensitivity, the incidence can reach
80 percent. In puppies, ear mites can also be a source of infection.
A VISIT TO THE VET
Consider taking your dog to the vet if they are displaying any of the
common signs of an ear infection. The veterinarian will likely clean the
dogs’ ears with a medicated cleanser and prescribe a topical medication
for you to use at home. In severe cases, your vet may prescribe oral
antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications.
YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER
If your significant other is continuing to scratch, they have a different
problem. Your vet can’t solve it.