As dogs are unable to tell you what is causing them problems, there are symptoms that you can look for in your dog to diagnose them yourself. This is particularly common regarding ear infections; one of the most common symptoms of ear infections in dogs is unnatural movements which indicate they have some problem.
Head-shaking mannerisms are common symptoms of ear infections in dogs. If your dog seems to be shaking its head often, it could be a sign of a problem such as an object trapped in their ear or it may be a result of water trapped in their ear from their recent bath. You should simply take a quick look in your dogs ear to check there is nothing inside.
Additional symptoms of ear infections in dogs include cocking of the head. If your dog is tilting their head unusually it could very well be an ear infection, such as a build-up of wax. You dog will be tilting its head in an attempt to unblock their ears.
If your dog is scratching itself in one spot frequently it could be a sign they have a skin disorder, mites or a bacterial infection. These problems are common causes of an ear infection so should be treated quickly.
Symptoms of ear infections in dogs that are more serious include an issue with their balance. Mild ear infections rarely result in trouble with balance, so if this is occurring you should visit your vet immediately.
Indications that your pet has skin problems include redness of the skin, inflammation and tenderness which usually only occurs if your dog has been wounded or cut. There are several reasons why erosions of the skin occur in dogs and they should always be treated straight away, as they can result in severe ear infections. You can prevent these problems by taking your dog to the groomers frequently.
All dogs have ear wax, this is normal, however, if there is too much ear wax coming from the ear and it has a bad smell this is also a symptom that the dog has an ear infection. You should take your dog to the vet to check there is no infection. It may be the case that the vet will give you ear drops which you simply apply frequently so you dog recovers.