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Published: Feb 29, 2012

You recognized the symptoms of your dog's ear infection and brought him to the veterinarian for treatment. Now that you're back at home with your canine's medication, it is up to you to make sure you administer the medication properly in order to rid your dog of the problem.   

Dogs with bacterial ear infections are commonly prescribed antibiotic ear drops. Medicine in a dropper form sounds straight forward - after all, you don't have to administer dog shots or get your pet to swallow a pill. However, VCA Animal Hospitals reports that there are several considerations as you medicate your canine companion.

First is to administer the medication properly.  To administer ear drops, it can be helpful to place the dog on a table or have it sit next to you, according to Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Standing on the right side to medicate the left ear, drape your right arm over the dog's shoulders and your left around the head and neck, pushing the affected ear flap back. Place the prescribed number of drops into the canine's ear, then massage the base of it to distribute the solution throughout the ear canal before the dog shakes it out. If you have never given ear medication before, ask your veterinarian for a demonstration before you leave the animal hospital.

To be successful, you should always use the medication as directed by your veterinarian.  It is important that you give the medication for as long as directed, even if the infection appears to have cleared up. Try not to miss any doses, but if you do, give the next dose as soon as possible without giving two at once.

If you follow all the medication instructions and your dog’s ear infection returns, contact your veterinarian immediately.  Sometimes ear infections recur due to underlying medical problems—like allergies or hormonal problems like hypothyroidism.  Your veterinarian will guide you as to the best approach in this case.