Pseudomonas species are common in the environment. However, when these bacteria enter the dog’s ears, these could cause an infection called Otitis externa.
Pseudomonas Infection in Dogs
- Pseudomonas species are not the only bacteria capable of starting such an infection.
- These microbes can also affect other parts of the body. However, seldom do Pseudomonas do the direct and only attack on the skin of the infected dogs. Often, other microbes do the harder work of invading the skin while others (including Pseudomonas) attack when the defenses are already low.
Treating Pseudomonas in Dogs
- Most vets who have encountered Pseudomonas infections affecting dogs’ ears would agree that these infections are difficult to treat. Pseudomonas has this tendency to develop a resistance to antibiotics. Thus, it is important to follow the schedule of treatment correctly – including administering the medication even when the infection looks healed already.
- Before any treatment is administered, it is best to keep the ears clean, inside and out. Cleaning up the affected area – i.e., the ear canal and the outer ears – will ensure that most of the microbes are removed. This would also ensure that the medication can penetrate into the area where it should be applied.
- If not treated properly, there is a higher chance that the ailment will soon recur and become a chronic problem.
Pseudomonas Infection Symptoms
Symptoms of the infection include:
- Otitis media.
- Bad odor of the affected area.
- Swelling and inflammation.
- Redness and pain in the affected area.
- Constant ear scratching.
- Possible head shaking to try to get rid of the itchiness.