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Dog Ear Care Crackling Sound in Your Rescue Dogs Ears Causes and Care

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Taking care of your canine best friend includes dog ear care. Their ears are delicate and just like their humans dogs are prone to ear problems. They may get infections, mites and other issues. If you notice a crackling sound in your rescue dogs ears, or scratching and rubbing then don’t delay in checking it out.

The first thing you need to do is inspect your dogs ears. If they persist in scratching, or making a crackling sound then take your dog for a vet check.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the possible causes and what you can do about them.

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Causes of a Crackling Noise In Your Dog’s Ear

Many things can cause a crackling noise in a dog’s ear. It could be an infection, allergy, or even a foreign object in the ear. If your dog is shaking its head or scratching its ear, it is probably in pain. Or the scratching will cause infection. In any case a visit to the vet should be in order.


One of the most common causes of a crackling noise in a dog’s ear is allergies. Some allergies inflame the ear causing a buildup of fluid in the ears. Fluid, wax and other build ups can lead to the development of bacteria. All of which can contribute to what sounds like crackling or squelching noise in your dog’s ear.


Mites are not limited to rescue dogs ears. These pesky bugs can affect all dogs. Playing in the park, out for a walk, mites find a way to get into war moist places such as the ears of a dog. Part of the spider and tick family

The latin name for the bug translates as “ear beggar of the dog.” Just as the name alludes to the tick feeds on wax and oils in your dog’s ears. Their presence is the cause for the itching and that makes a dogs scratch and rub his ears. While the parasites don’t bite skin, the damage caused by scratching can cause serious problems. Bleeding, fluid and wax production is a possible reasons for your rescue dogs ear crackling noise.

So it’s important to move quickly to clear up ear mite infestations as soon as you suspect them.

Fluid in Their Ear Can Cause Crackling Sound in Your Dogs Ear

Just like their humans some dogs can be prone to fluid build up in their ears. If they swim, or get a waxy build up it can cause fluid in the ear and lead to infection and therefore pain.

Smelly Dogs Ears and Yeast Infections

If your dogs ears smell, there is a good chance they have a yeast infection. Besides smelling nasty yeast breads, causes irritation and can become serious and painful if left untreated. Certain breeds are more prone to yeast infections than others. One of my Shi Tzu’s, Riley, suffered with awful infections. This required regular care to keep the infection at bay. One of the things to know about yeast is that is spreads and can affect the paws and anus too.

Vet Prescribed Medication

If your dog has a crackling noise in his ear, it’s likely due to an infection. The most common type of infection is Otitis externa, which is an inflammation of the outer ear canal. This condition is also known as “swimmer’s ear” in humans. Otitis externa is caused by bacteria, yeast, or mites and is treated with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and ear cleansers.

Over-the-Counter Medication

There are a few things you can do to help your dog feel better if his ear is bothering him. Cleaning the ear with a solution recommended by your veterinarian can help get rid of any dirt, debris, or wax that may be causing irritation.

Applying a topical medication to the ear may also be helpful in reducing inflammation and soothing discomfort. If your dog is shaking his head or scratching his ear excessively, he may be experiencing pain.

Over-the-counter pain relief medication can help ease your dog’s discomfort until the ear heals.

Concluding Cracking Sound in Your Rescue Dogs Ears

We adore our dogs and we want to keep them healthy and happy. So if you notice any crackling sound in your dog’s ears. Or scratching or rubbing then follow the tips above and contact a vet for safe measure. Depending on the breed and type of your dog ears consider following a cleaning regimen for your dogs ears. Here is a step by step guide to cleaning your rescue dogs ears.