Why does one of my dogs ears droop?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

One possible reason for your dog’s ear drooping could be that he is feeling sad or depressed. Dogs, like humans, can experience emotions and their body language can reflect their mood. When a dog is feeling down, it is not uncommon for their ears to droop as a sign of their low spirits.

However, another more probable reason for your dog’s ear drooping is an ear infection. Dogs can develop different types of ear infections, including outer, middle, and inner ear infections. These infections can be caused by a variety of factors such as bacteria, yeast, allergies, or foreign objects getting stuck in the ear.

Symptoms of an outer ear infection, also known as otitis externa, can include drooping ears, redness, discharge, and a bad odor. If you notice these signs in your dog, it is important to take him to the vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

The vet will examine your dog’s ears and may take a sample of the discharge to determine the cause of the infection. Treatment for outer ear infections usually involves cleaning the ears and applying medicated ear drops or ointments. In some cases, oral antibiotics or antifungal medications may be prescribed.

It is important to address ear infections promptly as they can be uncomfortable and painful for your dog. Leaving them untreated can lead to more serious complications such as middle or inner ear infections, which can be more challenging to treat and may cause additional symptoms like head shaking, loss of balance, and hearing loss.

In some cases, dogs may be more prone to ear infections due to factors such as long floppy ears that can trap moisture and bacteria, frequent swimming or bathing, allergies, or underlying health conditions. It is important to identify and address these underlying causes to prevent future ear infections.

To prevent ear infections, it is recommended to regularly clean your dog’s ears, especially if he is prone to them. Use a gentle, vet-approved ear cleaning solution and follow the instructions provided. Avoid using cotton swabs or any sharp objects in your dog’s ears as this can cause further damage.

If your dog has a history of ear infections, your vet may recommend regular ear maintenance and possibly a change in diet or environment to address any underlying allergies or sensitivities.

If you notice that your dog’s ears are drooping, it is important to consider the possibility of an ear infection. While sadness can also cause drooping ears, it is more likely that an infection or other underlying issue is the cause. Consult with your vet to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan for your furry friend.