Dry dog ears can result in itching, infection, and/or scaly patches. It’s not uncommon so there’s no need to panic. BUT, it is important to get to the bottom of the underlying issue because a variety of factors can contribute to your dog’s dry ears. Not to mention, dry ears can be irritating and itchy, leading to compulsive scratching, cuts and sores with the potential to become infected.
Common Causes of Dry Dog Ears
Are your dog’s dry ears seasonal? Did you recently change his or her food? Allergies to food, environmental factors, or even plastic bowls can spark an allergic reaction that causes drying out of the ears and scaly patches.
2. Poor diet
A lack of essential nutrients, such as omega 3 fatty acids, can cause dry and unhealthy skin conditions. Certain fillers found in many dog foods can also contribute to the problem; corn and pork are common culprits.
Is your dog on a flea medication? Fleas can cause dry and itchy dog ears.
Dog Ears and Yeast Infections
The inner folds of your dog’s ears are dark and moist, aka the ideal spot for bacteria and yeast to flourish. If your dog is constantly scratching at his ears, the problem might relate to an underlying infection. Continuous scratching can cause dryness and scaly bald patches to form, hence why the problem may seem to begin and end with dry ears when there’s something more going on.
How to Heal Dry Dog Ears
Give your dog several baths each week. Use a medicated shampoo bar for dogs on and around the ears. The Silky Soft Shampoo Bar is a great option because it is formulated to moisturize and soothe dry, flaky or chapped skin.
Post-bath, apply Skin Soother to your dog’s ears. This vegan, organic and all-natural balm is packed with just the right combination of ingredients, many of which contain anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Skin Soother is used to treat a variety of ailments—from wounds to inflamed bug bites, and dry dog ears too. It can also treat yeast and bacterial infections.
Your dog is sure to thank you!
Give your dog an omega 3 supplement to help hydrate skin from the inside out and prevent scaly patches. Fish oil is a popular omega 3 supplement for dogs, but krill oil is superior to fish oil for several reasons:
- It’s easier for your dog’s body to digest.
- It contains higher levels of essential fatty acids DHA and EPA.
- Krill oil contains fewer toxins than fish oil.
- It is more sustainable
Keep an eye out for possible allergens or irritants. There’s no shortage of potential allergens for dogs. Your dog could be allergic to certain foods, plastic food dishes, pollen or cleaning products. If you think the problem relates to allergies, it’ll likely take a process of elimination to uncover the exact cause but it’s totally worth it.
Should You Go to the Vet for Dry Dog Ears?
Yes, especially if the issue persists, appears to worsen, or doesn’t clear up right away with at-home remedies. Your vet can identify underlying issues that might be to blame, such as bacterial or systemic infections, or a more serious medical condition. In most cases, vets look over your dog’s ears while asking about diet, lifestyle and allergies. They may also take a culture of your dog’s ears.