Ear infection is inflammation in the outer ear canal. Because the skin is inflamed, the ear canal narrows. This makes it difficult for the wax to drain and can make the inflammation worse.
Today we talk about diagnosing and treating Labrador Retriever ear infections.
Lop-eared breeds are more susceptible to this than those with upright ears. This is because little air can get to the hanging ears. The inside of the ears gets warm and moist more quickly, creating the ultimate breeding ground for bacteria, fungi and mites. In addition, there is a breed susceptibility to ear infections. Examples of dog breeds that are more likely to suffer from it are the Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever, the German Shepherd, and the Labrador Retriever.
What Cause Labrador Retriever Ear Infections?
Bacteria, yeasts and fungi have an ideal environment in the ear in which to multiply. Because the Labrador scratches its ear, wounds are created in which the bacteria, yeasts and fungi can multiply further.
Ear mites can cause ear infections, which are a highly contagious parasite. The ear mite usually affects both ears, this can be recognized by the dark ear wax.
A foreign object in the ear can also cause inflammation. This object will irritate and may even pierce the eardrum. In the summer it often happens that a grass ear ends up in the ear and subsequently irritates the hole.
Skin problems such as allergies can cause inflammation, leading to hypersensitivity.
In addition, a polyp can be a cause of ear infection. A polyp is a small tumor in the animal’s ear canal. However, this cause is more common in cats than dogs.
Symptoms of Labrador Retriever Ear Infections
- Shaking of head
- Tilting of head (usually with a middle ear infection)
- Itching and scratching of the ear
- Thickening of the ear canal
- Painful when the ear is touched
- Deafness or poor in hearing
- Inside of the ear is red
- Bad smell from the ears
- Brown / black ear wax
- Lots of wax
When Should I Take it To the Vet?
An ear infection is very painful for the Labrador Retriever, and the eardrum can eventually be damaged. The sooner you get there, the lesser the chance of serious hearing damage. During the treatment, the Labrador will have to be checked regularly by the vet.
What Will the Treatment Be?
Treatment depends on the cause. You can opt for a treatment with ointments, these come in different forms. The ointments are to treat the redness, bacteria, yeasts and mites. When mites or fleas are the cause, a pipette can help with the treatment. Painkillers can also be chosen, these are mainly used when the Labrador Retriever is in enormous pain as a result of the ear infection.
If the wax has to be removed, you can choose to use ear cleaners. These cleaners are mainly used when a large amount of wax has to be removed. Rinsing can often also be a solution for a large amount of wax. Rinsing allows ointments to do their job.
Often when you cut the hair from the ear, the ear gets more air and you have less chance of inflammation.
What is the Prognosis of Ear Infection?
The prognosis depends on the cause, it is also important to know whether the eardrum is damaged or not. Ear infections are easy to treat and the outlook is therefore good.
Important: This article is for informational purposes only. We always recommend that you go to a trusted vet with your pet first.