3. EAR INFECTIONS (Otitis)
Illness: An ear infection occurs when a dog's ear becomes inflamed, most commonly by a bacterial infection.
Symptoms: Shaking, pawing at ear, scratching at ear, tilting the head, loss of balance, pain when opening the mouth.
Who's Affected & Why: Dogs with long or floppy ears, such as Cocker Spaniels, are most susceptible to ear infections. Otitis is estimated to affect 20% of dogs in the United States. According to Veterinary Pet Insurance, ear infections ranked as the number one medical claim made for dogs this year.
How to Prevent & Cope: The best way to prevent ear infections is by maintaing a weekly cleaning schedule with a vet-approved cleaning solution. (petMD)