My Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s ear problems: how can we take better care of our pet’s health?

Owner's question

"Hello! I have a Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog and I noticed that he scratches his ears a lot and seems to be a bit red. What can I do to solve his problem?"

Vet's detailed answer

"Hello! You asked a very important question. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, like many other breeds of water dogs, are prone to ear infections because their ears are often exposed to moisture, which can create an ideal environment for bacteria and fungi.

Signs of ear infections include scratching of the ear, redness of the inside of the ear, unpleasant odour and possibly shaking of the head.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it's worth getting a veterinary check-up to rule out more serious problems, such as inflammation of the external ear canal or a foreign body in the ear!

Prevention is the best way to treat ear problems.

Make sure you check and clean your dog's ears regularly, especially after swimming or bathing. You can use a special ear cleaning solution for this purpose, which you can buy from a vet or veterinary pharmacy.

It is important that you never use ear cleaning sticks in your dog's ears as this can cause injury! Instead, use a cotton swab and clean only the visible parts of the ear.

Other precautions may include regularly grooming your dog's ears to prevent blockage of the ear canal, which can contribute to inflammation.

Ear problems in Chesapeake Bay Retrievers can be common, but can be treated with proper precautions and care. Always watch your dog's ears and consult a professional if you notice any changes."