Ear infections, particularly in dogs, are one of the most common reasons for a visit to the vet. They can have a variety of underlying causes, including:



In addition to a thorough history and physical examination, your veterinarian will likely perform:


Treatment should be targeted based on the results of the diagnostics that were performed. Ear infections are generally best treated with topical medications rather than oral. It is important to keep the ear clean and free of debris during the course of treatment. Some ear infections can take several weeks to fully resolve. Regular follow-ups with your veterinarian during the course of treatment are critical to ensuring successful resolution.