Recurrent inflammation of the dog’s middle ear commonly results in an infection caused by bacteria. Great Pyraness, and long-eared breeds such as the are especially prone to this painful, chronic condition. Cats are also prone to inflammation of the middle ear.
Symptoms Of Chronic Ear Infections
Symptoms include pain when opening the mouth, reluctance to chew. Bad odor, with redness, brown discharge and heat. Shaking the head. Crying when ear is touched or rubbed. Pawing at ear, tilting the head, leaning to the side of the affected ear, and an appearance of be off balance. Both ears may be affected by inflammation, which can result in wide swinging movements of the head, wobbly uncoordinated body movement, and deafness.
Additional symptoms may include vomiting and nausea, unequally sized pupils, redness of the ears, discharge from the ears, a grey bulging eardrum (known as tympanic membrane), and in severe cases, signs associated with nervous system damage such as facial nerve damage (e.g. inability to blink, or paralysis
Bacteria is the primary cause of infection. Other causes may be yeasts, fungus or mites. Food allergies can also cause this chronic problem. Many dogs are becoming allergic to grains including soy, wheat, and corn. GMO’s are becoming an increasing problem. If you rule out all of the above, other causes could include physical trauma, tumors or polyps, or the presence of foreign objects in the ear.
Treatment Of Chronic Ear Infection
I’ve tried many types of treatment, and by far the absolute best result has been with Zymox Plus Otic-HC Enzymatic Ear Care Solution. Zymox is naturally antibacterial and antifungal. The difference with this product is it uses enzymes, not antibiotics to treat the infection. The use of enzymes prevent resistant microbes such as pseudomonas, Staph and MRSA which of become resistant to antibiotics. Veterinarian prescribed antibiotics and steroids are completely ineffective. All you will do if you get in this cycle is weaken your dog’s immune system. Not only that, the infection likely becomes recurrent.
ZYMOX PLUS Otic HC with 1% Hydrocortisone aids in the management of chronic otitis externa caused by resistant organisms. Easy to administer, with no pre-cleaning of the ear required. Recommended for recurring otitis infections or the infections that won’t resolve. Be sure to check out the reviews of this amazing product. Our Great Pyranees, Rancho no longer suffers from chronic ear infections. We only apply the drops a few times a year. Also, his ears no longer smell bad, and they stay nice and clean.