Typical hearing problems in the Coton de Tulear breed: What do you need to know about ear infections?

Owner's question

"Hi! My dog, a Coton de Tulear dog named Max, often shakes his head and scratches his ears. Sometimes I have also noticed that he has an unpleasant smell coming from his ears. What could be the problem and what can I do?"

Veterinary answer

"Hi! Max's behaviour and the symptoms you describe indicate that he may have an ear infection. Coton de Tulear dogs are prone to ear infections because their ears droop, which restricts airflow, so moisture is more easily trapped in the ear and creates an ideal environment for bacteria and yeast.

Symptoms of ear infections include head shaking, ear scratching, unpleasant smell, redness, accumulation of ear wax and sometimes hearing loss.

If Max's ears are red, swollen, smell unpleasant, or if they hurt when you touch them, these could be signs of an ear infection.

If left untreated, ear infections can become chronic and in severe cases can lead to hearing loss. It is therefore important to see your vet as soon as possible.

Treatment usually involves cleaning the ear and often a topical antibiotic and anti-inflammatory ear drops are prescribed. In more severe cases, the vet may also use systemic antibiotics or steroids.

Prevention is the best way to prevent ear infections!

It is important to check and clean Max's ears regularly, especially after bathing or swimming to remove excess water and dirt.

Avoid cleaning too deeply as this can damage the delicate skin inside the ear.

If you are not sure how to clean his ears, ask your vet, who will be happy to help and show you the correct technique.

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Remember, every dog is unique and what works for one dog may not work for another.

If you have any questions about Max's health, or if you suspect he may have an ear infection, contact your vet."