Yeast is the most common cause of fungal ear infections in dogs, but bacterial infections, both pathogenic (picked up from outside) and non-pathogenic (such as staph) are also quite common. Ear mites can also cause head shaking and scratching, and a veterinarian can quickly determine if dog ear mites are the cause, and may prescribe an antiparasitic medicine (not expensive nor complicated to use) to eliminate the mites in short order. Use Banixx as a soothing agent, home remedy for the ear tissue and to treat the infection caused by the ear mites. Unlike many a dog ear medicine, Banixx has no odor/foreign scent and no burn/sting making treatment a breeze.
An excessive level of corticosteroids may cause Cushing's disease. When a pet is on long-term, high doses of glucocorticoids, there is an increased risk that it will develop a condition called iatrogenic (medication induced) Cushing's disease. The clinical signs of Cushing's disease include increased thirst and urination, an increase in UTI's and skin and ear infections, a "pot-bellied" appearance, thinning skin and hair loss. In the treatment of some diseases, the risk of iatrogenic Cushing's disease is unavoidable. To minimize this risk, corticosteroid doses are tapered down over time, or several different drugs may be used in combination.
Otitis externa means that the inflammation affects the layer of cells lining the outer or external portion of the ear canal. Otitis media and interna refer to infections of the middle and inner ear canal, and they are most often are a result of the spread of infection from the external ear. These more advanced cases can be very serious, and could lead to deafness, facial paralysis, or signs of vestibular disease, such as head tilting, circling, and lack of coordination. That's why it is important to prevent and seek early treatment for ear problems.