My Dog Has a Painful Ear Infection. How Can I Ease the Pain?

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Question: How can I ease the pain of my dog’s ear infection?

If your dog is suffering from a painful ear infection, you probably want to find a way to make them more comfortable. Here, you will learn some tried-and-tested tips on how to minimize the pain of a dog ear infection.

Dogs suffer from mostly the same ear problems as humans, including infections, inflammation, and allergies. Symptoms of ear infections in dogs commonly include scratching, rubbing, head shaking, and redness in the outer ear. There are a variety of things that can cause an ear infection, including a foreign body in the ear, mites, fungus, ear mites, allergies, and tumors.


Dogs are susceptible to ear infections as well, and if they develop one, you should see a vet right away. Painful ear infections are indicated if your dog shakes its head violently, scratches its ear, shakes its head and keeps the ear flat to the ground, rolls on its back, tries to bite at its ear, and pulls at its ear until it’s raw and bleeding.

Ear infections in dogs are common because they can’t take care of the area themselves during grooming. The ear consists of three different zones: the outer ear flap, the inner ear canal, and the eardrum. Several factors can cause infection in any or all of these areas. Dogs with long hair can get dirt in their ears, moisture can get trapped inside the ear, and different allergens can cause the inside of the ear to become inflamed and infected.

Here are a few things you can do to help your dog with an ear infection:

Check with your vet to make sure that it’s an infection. A number of conditions can cause inflammation in the ear, including allergies, mites, and cancer. If you can’t readily see or smell any excess moisture, your dog’s ear probably won’t need antibiotics.

Safe Pain Medication

Dogs have a much higher tolerance to medications than humans do, but their immature body means they are much more vulnerable. To avoid dogs experiencing any more pain and suffering than they already are, doctors prefer to use painkillers that can be given orally (by mouth) whenever necessary.

A wide variety of pain medications are available for dogs, and you should choose the one recommended by your vet as treatment progresses. Each pain medication is made to treat specific pain and symptoms, but they all have some things in common.

If you’re planning on giving your dog painkillers, keep the following dos and don’ts in mind.

The first step, as you may have gathered by now, is to get your dog’s vet to recommend a suitable painkiller depending on the dog’s age, size, and the level of pain your dog is experiencing.

However, here are some general preventative measures that owners can take beyond identifying a suitable painkiller.

To avoid unnecessary suffering, it is crucial that you follow your vet’s recommendations and instructions to the T. If you are giving your dog painkillers regularly, consider lowering his dose to only as much as is necessary.

Cool Water Compresses

Many times the infected area inside the ear or the ear canal is so sensitive to touch that the dog just cringes or turns their head. The ear canals are filled with a series of tubes and a variety of nerves and blood vessels and they are fragile inside. For a pet owner, the ear canal can be difficult to access without causing discomfort for the pet.

Using a q-tip with water is a good solution for it. Make sure you get a clean and fresh q-tip. And also make sure you get the cotton part wet, as dry cotton can be very painful for the pet too.

First take them to the vet so you can be confident that a bacterial infection like chlamydia is not to blame for the painful ear infection. Onset of clinical signs of chlamydia are similar to those of a bacterial infection. However, if the infection began and progressed acutely, it could be a viral disease.

If it is neither bacterial nor viral, you can use a q-tip with just water to get into the ear canal with the goal of removing excess wax and debris from inside the ear and ease the pain.

Do not try to insert a q-tip deep into the ear canal, as you can cause damage to the delicate tissue and cause injury. When using a q-tip only lightly wiggle the q-tip to gently shake the debris, but do not insert deep into the ear canal.

Ear Wrap

Many dogs will have a painful ear infection at some point in their life, but there are ways to ease the pain and help the ears heal faster. One simple and effective way to help prevent infections and help relieve pain is to use an ear wrap and treat it like you would a sprained ankle. If the ear infection is moderate, an ear wrap can be left on overnight and for several days. However, if the ear pain is severe or unrelenting, you should see a vet.

The reason why an ear wrap works so well for dogs with an ear infection is that it can control the swelling and the pain. It can apply external pressure over the infected area to stop the blood flow to the area. An ear wrap is simply a bandage wrapped around the head, like a hat, then tied in the back. It’s a simple trick that can save your dog from suffering any unnecessary pain.

Keep the Ears Up

As a dog owner, you should always be aware of your dog’s eyes, ears, paws, teeth, and joints. Some of these areas, such as the paw pads, are delicate, and regular attention is needed to keep them healthy.

A dog’s ears, on the other hand, are another area that can be overlooked. After all, you can’t see them and don’t have to physically touch them. But don’t get me wrong – the ears should be given as much attention as any other part of your dog!

If you notice your dog shaking his head, scratching his ears, or rubbing his ears against the ground, you should check for signs of ear infections. You should also check the ears if your dog is screaming, scratching, running around, or battling inflammation.