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Inflammation of the external ear (otitis externa) is a very common ailment in dogs. Often there is an infection present. Even though there are many underlying causes of otitis, most cases respond quickly to treatment especially if the initiating cause is addressed. The sooner we see the pet with otitis, the easier the treatment may be. Once your dog exhibits symptoms of otitis, please give us a call.
Symptoms of otitis include:
Otitis has many initiating causes such as flea allergies, pollen or house dust allergies, ear mites, foreign bodies, hormone imbalances, anatomical abnormalities (i.e., excessive hair in the ears, floppy ears or polyps/tumors in the ears) and water getting in the ears. Yeast or bacterial infection will complicate otitis; however, these germs do not start an ear problem.