Any and All of Your Dog's Ear problems can lead to very painful and dangerous conditions for Your German shepherd.
Next time your German Shepherd Dog Annoys You by scratching his Ears Just think How painful it must be to him.
Dogs that have otitis and/or ear infections that are either neglected or not treated successfully can have a variety of potential complications.
Otitis refers to inflammation in the ears and may occur for many different reasons. The term ear infection is a bit more specific and refers to an actual infection (either bacterial, fungal or parasitic) rather than simply inflammation.
Though there is technically a difference between otititis and an ear infection, the two are often present simultaneously and they can also cause very similar complications.
An ear hematoma is a pocket filled with blood that occurs on the ear, almost always on the flap of the ear.
Ear Hematomas Can Be the Result of Chronic Ear Infections or Otitis in Dogs and may be caused by your dog shaking his head excessively or scratching at his ears.
Otitis Media and Otitis Interna: Invasion of the Middle or Inner Ear of the Dog
Ear infections can spread from the outer part of the ear into the middle and/or the inner ear of the dog. When the infection or inflammation spreads to the middle ear, it is termed otitis media. When the infection or inflammation spreads to the inner ear, it is known as otitis interna.
Otitis that is unresolved can cause proliferation of the lining of the ear canal. This in turn leads to a narrowing of the car canal. Ear canals that are drastically narrowed are known as stenotic ear canals.
Ear Mites - There are several types of mites that can live in your dog’s ear, but the most common are otodectes cynotis—tiny, eight-legged parasites that feed on the wax and oils in a dog’s ear canal. An individual mite has a three-week life cycle, and is barely detectable by the naked eye. Causing irritation and inflammation, ear mites can infect the external and internal canal, and lead to more serious skin or ear infections if left untreated.