Ear infections in dogs: What you need to know

Ear infections in dogs: What you need to know

What causes ear infections, how can you spot them and how do you treat them? Hint: Stinky ears are a good indicator!
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What to know about ear infections in dogs

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How do dogs get ear infections?

Ear infections can be caused by allergies, ear mites or trapped water and objects.

Learn more about ear mites

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Signs, symptoms and what to do next

To be sure, watch their behavior for: shaking head, scratching ears or sensitivity to touch. Then check their ears for: redness, rash, odor, discharge or swelling.

Keep reading about ear infections in dogs

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Cleaning your dog’s dirty ears is important.
  1. Hold up the ear flap and fill to the brim with ear cleaning solution.
  2. Massage the base of the ear between thumb and fingers for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Let your dog shake their head and clean up with cotton balls or gauze.

More details: How to clean your dog’s ears

The one-dose ear infection treatment

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The one-dose ear infection treatment

Treating an ear infection is easy when it's a one-dose treatment regimen administered by your veterinarian. No at-home application required.

Ask your vet about Claro®