Ear infections in dogs are treated with antibiotics, anti-fungal and steroid medications, according to the ASPCA. When a dog shows symptoms such as discharge, head shaking, loss of hearing or balance, redness, swelling, or odor in the ears, contact a veterinarian immediately. These symptoms require professional diagnosis before treatment.
Depending on the nature and severity of the infection, chronic pain or deafness could occur without proper treatment. The veterinarian typically prescribes topical or ingested medications to treat the condition. After treatment, preventive maintenance and ear cleaning with non-prescription products may be recommended. The specific treatment plan varies depending on the case and the veterinarian treating the dog.