Do you have partially used ear medications at home for your dog? Don’t be tempted to use them without calling your veterinarian. Administering aural medications to a pet with a ruptured ear drum (caused by infection or trauma) can cause permanent hearing damage and even complete deafness. Recurring ear infections are a common problem that can be incredibly frustrating for owners and painful for dogs. While it may seem excessive to bring in your pet for an exam every time she seems to have an ear malady, it’s for her safety. Call us any time you suspect your pet may have an ear infection or other problem!