Labrador Retriever | Ear Infections | Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
Most, if not all, Labrador Retriever dogs – at some point in their life, suffer from an ear infection, a foul-smelling condition that is nearly as unpleasant for the owner as it is for the unfortunate pooch! An ear infection can be caused by one of any number of factors. Your Labrador Retriever dog may be suffering from an itch-inducing allergy, such as atopy, or may be allergic to a particular food in his or her diet. He or she may also have been invaded by ear mites: parasitical creatures that live in your Labrador Retriever's ears and feast on his or her blood.
Another possibility is a bacterial or yeast infection. Still other ear diseases are caused by hormonal imbalances, such as hypothyroidism, by trauma, or by other diseases, such as malignant neoplasms. For this reason, it is highly advisable to check with your veterinarian when your Labrador Retriever dog displays signs of an ear infection. Only your veterinarian will be able to diagnose the root cause of the ear infection and prescribe appropriate medication or treatment.
Is your Labrador Retriever dog scratching his or her ears excessively, or yelping in pain any time you go near the afflicted area? Is there any discharge coming from the ears, or is the flap or canal red and swollen? Do the ears emit a foul odor? All of these things are potential signs of ear disease in your Labrador Retriever dog.
Treatments for ear infections will vary according to the condition’s underlying cause. Antibiotics will be used in the case of bacterial infection, while antifungals treat yeast infections. If your dog has allergies, corticosteroids can be a valuable solution, while dogs suffering from ear mites may have to undergo a deep cleaning and medication treatment. In most cases, however, treatments for ear infections are relatively simple, straightforward, and efficacious. Thus, if your Labrador Retriever is yelping in pain every time you scratch him or her behind the ears, don’t panic, and don’t hesitate to take your precious pooch to the vet.