PetMeds® My Dog Has Red Ears – Is It An Ear Infection?

Allergies are one of the most common causes for red itchy ears in pets Ear disease is one of the most common presentations in the veterinary clinic. The rest of the skin and coat may or may not be involved in the ear condition. Pets with ear disease can often present with red itchy ears with varying amounts of discharge, odor and sensitivity, with one or both ears involved. The most common cause of red ears is underlying allergies, either to inhalant/contact allergies and/or food allergies.

Ear mites, while common in young pets, are rarely involved in red itchy ears of older pets. Many times red ears are often accompanied by secondary yeast or bacterial infections of the ear which can be uncomfortable and frustrating to cure. There are great products such as Zymox Otic and Zymox Otic with Hydrocortisone, which can not only treat active yeast or bacterial infections but also excellent as preventatives for ear disease.  If there is an accompanying odor and discharge, the ear cleaners Epi-Otic and Zinc Otic are often my favorites to reach for in cleaning waxy ears. However, it’s important to note that if an ear is only transiently red for a brief period of time,  that means a pet is usually only warm or excited, and an ear infection is less likely.

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  1. kris says

    When I came home from work today I noticed my three year old white pitbull had a very red ear. I felt it and it’s crusty feeling like she’s been scratching it. Around the outside of her ear it is also inflamed and red. Her other ear is fine and she let’s me touch it without a problem. She has not been scratching since I got home. What do you think it is and what can I try?

    Thanks!

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian says

      Most likely secondary yeast and/or bacterial infection from underlying allergies in this breed. A vet exam and topical prescription meds are usually needed, however in future you can help prevent these with natural products like zymox otic HC from 1800petmeds.

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