Ear Discharge in Dogs

The causes and treatments of a dog’s ear discharge.


Trauma: Injury to external ear canal or head trauma.

What to do: If your dog has suffered a head injury and is bleeding from the ear(s), contact your veterinarian or emergency clinic immediately.

Foreign bodies: In ear canal (dirt, grass awns, burrs, or other plant material).

Infectious disease: Otitis externa (bacterial and/or yeast infection).

Parasites/Parasite-borne disease: Ear mites.

Allergies: Atopy (allergy to inhaled substances) or food allergies.

Tumors: In ear canal.

What to do: If your dog has a burr or other foreign body in its ear — and you can see the foreign body — carefully remove it with tweezers or your fingers. Do not insert tweezers into the ear canal beyond where you can see. For foreign bodies that you can’t remove and other types of ear discharge, call your veterinarian during regular office hours to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

Disclaimer: DogChannel.com’s Dog Medical Conditions are intended for educational purposes only. They are not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your dog’s ailment. If you notice changes in your dog’s health or behavior, please take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.

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Lauren   Union Grove, Alabama

1/17/2014 5:15:36 PM

"Have a cocker spaniel (weighs around 30 lbs), has an ear infection. I am giving her one capsule of amok tr-k clv 875-125 mg tabs every 12 hours. Is this okay? How long should I continue this cycle?"

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

1/19/2013 3:16:23 AM

I know many dog owners who have to deal with this regularly I am thanksful my dog has not had any ear problems to this point. Good article.

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Jean   Allen Park, MI

5/29/2012 7:44:24 AM

my 3 yr old lab has a discharge coming from his ear i clean it the vet told me because he is a water dog he will get ear infections regulary, it black gooey, and there is some blood.. is there something i can do to help ease his pain

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Carol   Elko, NV

4/10/2011 9:59:32 AM

My 3 month old Shih Tzu snorts when playing , dog owner said this is normal and to pop him on the nose when he does this .Or should he see a vet ? Thank you.

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