If your dog is flapping its head a lot, it could be because of an ear issue. If your dog has an ear issue, it could be an infection. Taking a good look inside your dog's ears will help you determine if there is a problem such as an infection or if it's just dirty. If your dog is flapping its ears though, you should have it looked at by your veterinarian. Read on for some ear care tips and what to be on the lookout for.

What To Watch For

Aside from your dog flapping its head and ears a lot, you should take a look inside your dog's ears for any signs of an infection. This could be indicated if they are filled with dirt and debris, usually brown, black, or reddish in color. It is usually seen all throughout the ear canals and inside the ear flap. Your dog may also paw at its ear in addition to flapping its ear. If you see this happening, you need to pay attention to this.

What You Can Do

If your dog has this debris in its ear, you need to clean it out using a damp paper towel, or you can use a moist cotton ball to clean it out. Remove as much of the debris as you can inside the ear, but don't attempt to dig too deep inside or you can damage your dog's hearing, or you can injure its ear. Never use a cotton swab in the ear, you could end up harming your dog's ear. You can also clean the ear with a cotton ball soaked in vinegar to clean it out. You should take your dog to the veterinarian to have its ears cleaned and to get medication to help clear up an ear infection. The veterinarian will inspect the ears and diagnose them, then treat them as required. An ear solution may be required to help heal the ear. Follow the veterinarian's orders on using the ear solution to help clear up the infection.

If your dog is flapping its ears a lot, you need to take it to the veterinarian for an exam and a diagnosis, as well as treatment as needed. Pay attention to the signs of an issue with your dog's ears, and if you notice any other concerning issues with your dog, you should take it to the veterinarian as well for treatment. Keep these dog care tips in mind when looking for a local vet.