Ear infections are no fun for anyone and that includes dogs. An ear infection can be painful and also throw off the balance of a dog. Your dog may not tell you in words that he or she has an ear infection, but if you know how to read the signs you should be able to tell. Some breeds are more prone to ear infections than others. A lot has to do with the shape of the ears. Let’s take a look at which dogs can most easily develop ear infections.
Breeds Most At Risk
The following breeds are most at risk of developing ear infections. That doesn’t mean that they will, but if you have this type of dog, it’s good to be on the lookout for the signs. Remember that a lot is dependent on the shape of the ear, so if you have a mixed breed dog with ears like the following breeds, be on the lookout for infections.
- Labrador Retrievers
- Portuguese Water Dogs
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Basset Hound
- Cocker Spaniel
- Golden Retriever
- Springer Spaniel
- Saint Bernard
- Pit Bull
- Great Dane
Control Moisture In Your Dog’s Ears
The main culprit for ear infections in dogs is moisture in the ears. When moisture gets in and doesn’t come back out, bacteria and fungus can develop. But the good news is that there are steps that you can take to keep your dog’s ears clean and dry.
Ear wipes are one way of keeping your dog’s ears fresh. You can also wipe away debris and dirt with wipes. Also, make sure to check your dog’s ears on a regular basis. Any foul odor coming from the ears is a big red flag that it’s time to call the vet. Your veterinarian should be able to prescribe an ointment that will clear up the infection.