Why is my black labs ear swollen?
Ear hematomas. They occur when a blood vessel within the ear flap ruptures and bleeding occurs between the tissue layers. Sometimes caused by head shaking or scratching because of ear mites or an infection, hematomas can also be the result something foreign stuck inside your dog’s ear.
What does it mean when a dog’s ear is puffy?
If your dog has a large puffy swelling on the ear, it is likely an ear hematoma. It is most likely that you will have noticed excessive shaking of the head. Ear hematomas require treatment or the ear will become severely scarred and deformed.
Are black labs prone to ear infections?
Ear infections caused by yeast are more common in dogs with floppy ears, like cocker spaniels, basset hounds, golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, and poodles. Some breeds which have hair growing in the inner ear canal, like Schnauzers, are also more susceptible to yeast infection.
Is an aural hematoma an emergency?
While a hematoma isn’t an emergency, it should be addressed as soon as possible. Faster treatment will minimize scar formation and prevent the discomfort of pressure and a heavy ear flap.
What does Labrador ear infection look like?
Ear infections are painful. Many dogs will shake their head and scratch their ears trying to relieve the discomfort. The ears often become red and inflamed and develop an offensive odor. A black or yellowish discharge commonly occurs.
Can you pop a hematoma on a dog’s ear?
Draining. If your dog has a large or painful aural haematoma, it will need draining. This can be done using a needle and syringe or an indwelling plastic drain (see below). Left undrained, large aural haematomas are often painful, scar and cause a thickened, crinkly earflap (like a rugby player with ‘cauliflower ear’).
What are the signs of a sick Labrador Retriever?
Common signs to watch for are abnormal swellings that continue to grow, any strange bleeding or discharges, difficulty breathing, difficulty relieving himself, loss of appetite or difficulty eating, persistent limping or loss of stamina, sores that won’t heal, weight loss, and a strong offensive odor from his mouth.
What are the symptoms of an ear infection in a Labrador?
Symptoms of Labrador Ear Infection 1 Redness or swelling 2 A foul discharge 3 Odor
How old does a Labrador Retriever have to be to be blind?
In the worst cases, the retina can completely detach and the dog can be completely blind. There are eye exams that can detect this condition. These exams are best performed on puppies at 14 weeks of age. There is no cure for Retinal Dysplasia but the disease is not painful or life-threatening.