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Ear infections in dogs can be caused by bacteria or yeast (or both). There is usually an underlying cause for an ear infection, such as ear mites or a skin allergy.
Ear mites are tiny parasites that can affect ears and are especially common in puppies. They can be caught from other pets, but can also climb into your dog’s ears from the environment.
A sore ear is not something to ignore. Ear problems can be very painful and need vet treatment to cure and find the cause.
If your dog has developed a big, swollen earflap, it’s most likely to be due to a condition called an aural haematoma. Treatment for a swollen ear will depends on the cause - contact your vet for an appointment.