Dog’s ears come in many shapes and sizes. Their ears can be small, big, floppy, folded and upright. There are button ears, bat ears, cropped ears and even rose ears….but the one thing they all have in common is their success in the role of acting as a funnel for your dog to hear sounds.
A dog has a great sense of hearing and their frequency ranges from 40 Hz to 60,000 Hz, whereas as a humans is far smaller at 20 Hz to 20,000Hz. Amazingly 18 or more muscles work to rotate and raise your dog’s ears and the ears work independently of each other.
You should always carry out basic checks and maintenance on your dogs ears to ensure that they are in good condition. When looking in your dogs ears, they should be clean and the ear canal should be pink in colour.
If you notice your dog has ear discharge, painful ears or is doing any of the following:
* Itching or Scratching his ears
* Shaking his head
* Tilting his head to one side
he may have an ear infection or mites.
Ear mites are tiny but incredibly bothersome and can cause a lot of discomfort for Fido; your dog may gain a crusty ear discharge, may shake his head often or scratch at his ears.
Ear mites are mostly transferred onto your dog after your dog comes into contact with an animal that is infected with them. These mites can also jump onto your dog from everyday life situations, but this is not normally the case.
Ear infections, like ear mites, can also be painful for your dog. If your dog has an ear infection you may notice a waxy ear discharge, ear odour, hot or swollen ears, head shaking or scratching ears. Depending on where the ear infection is, your dog may also experience problems with his balance too.
The main causes of ear infections in dogs are; allergies, polyps, excessive wax production, swimming or even too often bathing of your dog.
It’s important to note that breeds of dogs with floppy ears or even folded ears are at greater risk of ear infections that other breeds.
You can tell a great deal about the way your dog is feeling just by looking at his ears:
* Ears that face forward and are erect, mean that your dog is busy thinking.
* Ears that are pulled back slightly mean that your dog is being friendly and sociable.
* Ears that are pulled back tightly against the head mean that your dog is scared and has fear.
So dogs and their ears are really quite fascinating, we can tell a lot about the way a dog is feeling by looking at his ears, dogs also have excellent hearing skills and we can tell quite easily by looking at our dog’s ears and the way he is acting if he has healthy ears or an ear problem that needs our attention.