The dangers of ear infections of dogs are vast, and if they are not treated quickly, they can result in more complex health problems if they do not receive medical attention quickly. As a dog owner it is your responsibility to sustain its life by giving it all the care and attention it needs. If your dog is sick it should receive the appropriate care.
Ear infections that are on the surface may initially appear to be a minor problem, however, if they are left untreated they could very easily turn into a problem that cannot be resolved easily. For instance, sarcoma can be caused from a simple infection of your dogs ear. Sarcoma needs surgery for it to be removed as it is a tumor which forms of the dogs ear canal. Dangers of ear infections in dogs include the risk of different types of tumor such as malignant melanoma and hemangiosarcoma can also develop.
Aside from these dangers of ear infections in dogs, bad cases of infections can cause facial nerves problems also. As dog’s ears are part of their head, there is a possibility that infection can affect the facial nerves. This condition is scientifically known as Otis media. Otis neoplasms can develop due to ear infections in dogs especially those with floppy ears such as Cocker Spaniels.
Deafness is also a complication commonly associated with ear infections in dogs. This usually starts with minor ear infections in your dog, however if owners neglect the problem the inner ear of your dog could become damaged and if that is why deafness occurs. Most dogs who have hearing issues, at one stage in their life suffered from an ear infection. Deafness is one condition that is not easy to reverse.
If a dog is suffering from ulceration of the cartilage in their ears or from an acute ear infection it will be very obvious. Ulcerations are however rare unless your dog has been in a fight with another. There may also be lacerations in the conchal cartilage which can be a cause of deafness.
In very rare circumstances your dog may develop bacterial meningitis. This is caused by bacteria locating an ascending route from your dogs ear to the brain. The bacteria are caused by abbesses forming in the brain and are unfortunately very difficult to treat.