Ear infections are very common in dogs, especially breeds with long or hair ear canals like Poodles, Cocker Spaniels and Golden Retrievers. Often they are the first or only sign of doggy hayfever (also known as atopy). Sometimes the infection is secondary to a grass seed.
Dogs with ear infections flap and scratch their ears. The ears are red, have a yellow or black discharge and often smell offensive.
Your vet will inspect the ears with a special scope and take a sample of the discharge to determine the cause of the infection.
Your vet can then prescribe the appropriate ear drops. The cause is commonly yeast or less often bacteria – either cocci or rods.
Occasionally we find ear mites in young pups or their household friends.