If you’ve ever had an ear infection, you know the pain and discomfort that comes with it. Unfortunately, dogs are also prone to getting ear infections, so it’s important that dog owners are aware of the warning signs. If you notice your dog showing any of the following signs, schedule an appointment with our Ukrainian Village / Bucktown / Logan Square / Wicker Park veterinarians so your furry friend can start feeling better.
Signs Your Dog Has an Ear Infection
Has your dog been scratching his or her ear more than usual? This is one easy warning sign of an ear infection. Other red flags include brown, yellow or bloody discharge, skin redness, swelling of the ear flap, crusts or scabs on the inside of the ear opening or around the ear base, hair loss around the ears, head shaking, or even head tilts, loss of balance, walking in circles, strange eye movements and hearing loss! It’s important to note that dogs with non-erect ears are more prone to developing ear infections, but any dog can truly get this condition.
Our veterinarians see A LOT of ear infections and have the experience necessary to treat your dog with the care that’s needed. During the appointment, we will examine the ear canal and eardrum (not always possible if an infection is really bad) to see how serious the damage is. Then we may need to professionally clean the infected ears. Sedation may even be necessary depending on the severity, but some dogs, alternatively, have more basic ear infections requiring less treatment. If we see an infection that requires a better understanding of the cause or the difficulty in treating, we may need to perform a cytology, ear mite check, or culture. Lastly, we will treat or prescribe for you the proper medications for treatment and comfort, so your dog can start feeling better.
Because it is summer, many dogs enjoy the water. Make sure to thoroughly dry your dog’s ears once they are done swimming. There may need to be special routine ear cleansers for this purpose or more medicated ear drops. Check for discharge on a regular basis, and talk with our veterinarians about how often you should be cleaning your dog’s ears.
Ear infections can be painful and frustrating. If you think your dog may be developing an ear infection, please call to schedule an appointment. Our Ukrainian Village-area, Near West, West Loop, Logan Square, Bucktown and Wicker Park veterinary hospital is well-regarded for taking care of those awful doggie ear problems.
Originally from Upstate New York, Dr. Silverman received his BA with High Honors (for Lyme Disease research) from Middlebury College in Vermont, his Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and his MBA (Entrepreneurship) from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago.
Dear Pet Parents,
We thank you for your continued support while we've been navigating this new season of life in the COVID-19 world. We know that you're eager to get back into the hospital to accompany your pets during their visits. Unfortunately, in order to protect all our pet parents and our staff, we are unable to open the hospital to visitors at this time. We are going to continue practicing social distancing as long as necessary to insure we can stay open for your pets when they need us most. We ask that you please be patient with our team, and remember that everything we do is with the best of intentions for you, your pets and our employees. We love serving the Village West Veterinary community, and hope to do so for a very long time to come.
Our appointments continue to fill up fast, so we suggest scheduling your appointments at least 2 to 4 weeks in advance, whenever possible. If your pet is sick and needs to been seen right away, please let us know as early in the day as possible. We appreciate your support.