Redness on the inner surface of a dog’s ear is a phenomenon of frequent occurrence. This part of animal’s body is constantly exposed to the environmental influence: temperature variations, wind, extreme exposure the sunlight. The ear is a reliable indicator of the dog’s general physical condition (an attentive owner can always look on this body part for signs of an increased body temperature, allergic reactions to certain food). Moreover, the structure feature of the ears makes them vulnerable to mechanical damage.
Long-eared breeds often suffer from inadequate ventilation. Elongated and fleecy, outer area of the ear interferes with the natural cleansing processes in the inner canal and prevents natural evaporation of accumulated moisture and sweat. These create a breeding ground for various microorganisms and, as a result, the inevitable development of inflammatory processes. If a dog with naturally small has red with or cropped ears has redness on its auricle, the cause is most likely an insect bite or an allergic reaction to some product or food. One can always guess from the animal’s behavior that it has a problem with the ears. The dog moves its ears, tilts his head toward the sore side and shakes it, rubs the aching body part against pieces of furniture, carpet or even grass in the yard.
Try to palpate lightly with your fingertips the base of the external acoustic meatus on the side of the animal’s muzzle. If there are signs of pain, the pathological process sets inside, and there is urgent need for a visit to the veterinary. In other cases, the problem can be dealt with domiciliary. The table below shows the main causes of red ears in dogs with respective recommendations on how to treat the symptom in every particular case.
|2.||Elevated Body Temperature||Hot red ears in dogs are signs of hyperthermia or elevated body temperature.||
|3.||A Foreign Body in the Ear Canal||
|4.||Inadequate Ventilation||The inner part of the ear looks inflamed, of bright pink or red color. In advanced stages a whitish pellicle and an unpleasant odor can appear.||
|5.||Insect Bites (mosquitoes, gadflies, ticks, fleas, flies, etc.)||
In most cases these actions are enough to sooth the pet.
|6.||Fungal or Bacterial Disease, Ear Mite||A dog has redness on the inside of its ears, heavy odor, possibly a decrease in hearing.||
|7||Mechanical Injury||It can be lacerations, bites, punctures, burns, etc.||
To make sure your dog does not meet problems with its ears, try to follow a few simple rules:
- after each outing, inspect the body of the pet, paying special attention to the ears;
- do not forget to cleanse the external auditory canal;
- long-eared pets need their hair to be brushed daily;
- keep a check on your dog’s diet.
Simple procedures above will reduce considerably the risk of ear problems.