My dog has a red ear, what's wrong?

My dog's ear is red on the inside and has a waxy brown film on it.

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    By: Erin Broersma El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    It sounds as though he may have an ear infection. If you have ear cleaner at home, you can fill the ears (I would do both even if one is better then the other) and massage, then wipe out with cotton balls (not Q-Tips). You can repeat the cleaning daily. Just make sure to not wipe to the point of bleeding. If vast improvement isn't noted within a day or two of cleaning, you should call your vet for an appointment. They will diagnose the type of bacteria, check for the presence of yeast in the ear and dispense a medication that is meant to treat the problem in the ear. If you do not have cleaner at home, ask your veterinarian to get a bottle for you to continue a cleaning regime at home. Cleaning three days a week usually prevents infections from getting really bad and may prevent them altogether. If your dog is a swimmer, cleaning the ears after swimming or simply flushing the ear cleaner will dry the ears. If the inside of the ears remain wet, bacteria has a nice moist, warm place to grow.

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