Treating an Ear Infection in a Beagle

You should be wiping your beagle’s ears at least weekly. By: Phil Darnell

For people with beagles, watching for ear infections is an important concern.

The drooping ears of hound dogs do not allow for air to circulate properly within the ear cavity.

This lack of air flow, combined with the heat that stays trapped within the ear, causes moisture. And moist areas are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, yeast and fungal infections.

The best way to reduce ear infections in a beagle? Prevention.

Prevention means cleaning the ears thoroughly at least weekly, but daily if there’s a recurrent problem. Ear wipes are available at most pet supply stores. Use the wipes to clean away dirt from the inside of the ear leather as well as the outer edge.

Susan Eyer-Anderson, DVM, explains more in this video:

Give Those Ears Some Air

Earthbath Ear Wipes are perfect for beagles. More info here.

Earthbath Ear Wipes are perfect for beagles. More info here.

Another way to help prevent infections is to allow air to get inside the ear. This will dry the inside and eliminate excess moisture.

The easy way: When your dog is napping on his side, simply flip the ear leather over his head.

Well, if only it was that easy. Some beagles will automatically shake their heads to right their ears.

If this is the case with your dog, you’ll need a length of gauze and a small piece of tape. Lift the ears and lay them on top of the head. Wrap the gauze in a fashion to hold the ears up and use the tape to connect it.

The gauze will hold the ear flaps up and allow air to circulate into the ear canal.

Symptoms

According to Henry Cerny, DVM, MS, some common symptoms of a canine ear infection include:

  • Head shaking
  • Rubbing at the ear
  • An odor coming from the ear
  • In severe cases, a tilted head

Treatment

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At-home ear solutions should be given only with the guidance of your veterinarian — or else you’ll risk permanently damaging your dog’s hearing.

Meat-based diets may cut down on the occurrence of yeast infections. Eliminating or drastically minimizing the yeast and flour in your dog’s diet may reduce infections as well. Read the ingredients carefully; if your puppy’s current food contains flour or yeast, switch pet food.

Naturally, if your beagle is still having problems with his ears, consult your veterinarian, who will always be able to provide the best, safest treatment and advice tailored for your circumstances.

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From Around the Web

  • Flea

    You need to be careful – washing your pet’s ears out too frequently will actually increase the risk of infection. To prevent infection, the best thing to do is get a commercial ear cleaner and use it once weekly. This will clean out any wax, but is infrequent enough to prevent excessive wetting of the ear canal which leads to maceration.

    If your pet actually gets an ear infection, then a visit to the vet is necessary. Most home treatments will not be effective if there truly is a bacterial or yeast infection.

    • http://www.petsadviser.com/ Pets Adviser

      Many people do an Internet search for things like “do it yourself dog ear infection treatment,” but the fact is, veterinarians are best equipped to deal with these types of pet health issues, and hound dog ear infections are no exception. Don’t skimp on your pet’s care.

  • Jenny

    Ear infections are very common problem with both dogs and cats, and early treatment is very important.