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Bichon Frise Ear Infections

| Updated September 26, 2017

The Bichon Frise is a small white dog that is typically 9.5 to 11.5 inches long. While the American Kennel Club reports that the breed produces happy and playful dogs, a Bichon Frise requires special care due to her propensity for ear infections.


A Bichon Frise is more susceptible to ear infections than other breeds of dogs due to the large amount of fur that grows under his ears.


A Bichon Frise's ears must be checked regularly for signs of infections, which will be indicated by discoloration, red spots and/or a strong, foul smell.


To diagnose a Bichon Frise's ear infection, a veterinarian will shine a light inside of her ear and use a swab to collect a sample of wax and material, which will be examined using a microscope. Because this procedure is painful for your dog, the veterinarian is likely to sedate him.


Prescription ear drops accompanied by daily cleaning is the most common treatment for Bichon Frise ear infections.


Removing excess fur from around a Bichon Frise's ears with your fingers decreases the risk of subsequent ear infections.