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The Signs of Pet Ear Infections

Ear Infection Treatment At Suburban Veterinary Clinic

Is your furry companion scratching or rubbing their ears, and appearing withdrawn or irritable? If so, chances are they could have an ear infection. Ear infections can be distressing and uncomfortable for our pets, but with expert care and timely intervention, your dog will go back to being healthy and happy. At Suburban Veterinary Clinic in Maple Heights, we carefully examine ear infections and ensure your furry companion gets the care they need to thrive.

Ear Infections

Signs and Symptoms of an Ear Infection

If your canine friend has an ear infection, they may exhibit different symptoms depending on the severity of the infection. Some of the common symptoms include:

    • Reluctance to chew or expressions of pain when opening the mouth
    • Scabs on the inside of the outer ear
    • Bloody discharge from the ear
    • Head shaking
    • Gradual loss of hearing
    • Excessive scratching of the surrounding areas of the ear
    • Walking in circles

In extreme cases, the infection may spread and damage the facial nerves, which may be shown as paralysis on the dog’s face. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is time to take a trip to the vet’s office.


Prompt diagnosis is important to not only alleviate your dog’s suffering but to prevent the infection from spreading to the inner ear. Once you’ve brought your pup to the veterinarian, they use a magnifying cone to determine whether your dog has an ear infection or not. If the dog has an ear discharge, the veterinarian may request a sample to determine the exact cause of the infection. Once the vet confirms the presence of an ear infection, they may send a sample to the lab to run further diagnostics to investigate other underlying causes of the ear infection.

How Ear Infections Happen

Ear infections are a common malady which can cause extreme discomfort, and if left unchecked, can lead to more serious health problems. Ear infections are often brought about by viruses or bacteria in the middle ear. Some other factors that can lead to an infection in the middle and inner ear include moisture buildup and an excessive amount of hair or wax. It is important to note that dogs are more likely to get ear infections because of their vertical, which makes it easier for moisture and debris to get trapped in the ear.

Why Choose Us Conveniently located in Maple Heights, OH, Suburban Veterinary Clinic is your premier destination for all your pet care needs near you. Our dedicated staff led by Dr. Terrence Ochterski, utilize state-of-the-art technology and the latest diagnostic tools to ensure your canine friends are healthy and happy. Once you suspect your pup has an ear infection, our veterinarians will commence thorough examinations and recommend treatment that will see your furry friend well again. Call us today at (216) 662-6117 and unleash your pup’s full potential.


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