Ear infection in bulldogs and French BulldogsEar infection in bulldogs and French Bulldogs is common and without proper care often lead to a chronic, painful and often irreversible external ear canal disease. In contrast to bulldogs, ear infection in most other dog breeds, cats, and us humans is rare, due to a natural wide self-cleaning ear canal.
The key to preventing your bulldog and French bulldog puppies needless pain is early and frequent ear cleaning, rinsing, flushing and drying. Remember, there is a learning curve to becoming a bulldog owner expert. Repetition will help you recognize the smallest changes from the norm and take action. Our entire tool box of photos, diagrams and videos is at your disposal if needed.
Dr. Kraemer’s Ear Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs MAINTENANCE:
- APPLICATION: Fill the ear canal to the top with a proper ear rinse, making sure to coat the entire canal.
- CLEAN & RINSE: Take a cotton ball and stick it in as far as it will go using your fingers. There’s no need to be scared, as you can’t go past the curve of the ear, therefore you will not be able to poke the eardrum using a finger. Q-tips should only be used for the ear folds on top (pinna).
- DRY: Twist the cotton ball around and bring it up for inspection.
- MONITOR: Don’t forget to survey the texture and color of the inner pinna (inner part of the ear leading to the canal)
Ear Infection in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs RULE OF THUMB:
- For bully’s whose ears are in good condition, a maintenance rinse with a flush like Dr. Kraemer’s “V4B Waxy Ear Flush for bulldogs and French bulldogs” once or twice weekly should suffice.
- In case of chronic or acute otitis and/or persistent infection, consider rinsing daily or every other day with an ear rinse that has antiseptic properties like Dr. Kraemer’s “V4B Anti Septic Yeasty Ear Flush for bulldogs and French bulldogs” . This antiseptic ear flush could help control yeast and bacteria and help prime the ear canal enhancing the potency of the topical otic Rx your veterinarian prescribes.
Dr. R.J. Kraemer Dr. Kraemer is a Tufts Veterinary School 1991 Graduate (Boston, MA). He is a member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and the SCVMA (Southern California Veterinary Medical Association) and has been practicing veterinary medicine and surgery in Orange County, California for over 20 years. Dr. Kraemer has a special interest in Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and other Brachycephalic breeds, and their unique medical and surgical needs, such as breathing and airways conditions, joint pain, ligament and tendon injuries, ear canal disease, skin and allergy problems, eyes and eyelid abnormalities, as well as other medical conditions related to the breed. Dr. Kraemer is also a leading provider for in-house same-day stem cell therapy and cryobanking for dogs and cat. Dr. Kraemer has a long-lasting relationship with bulldog rescue, he provides shelter, medical and surgical services to their bulldogs.