Ear infections in French Bulldogs: Symptoms, causes, and treatments

Ear infections are common in the French bulldogs and can lead to chronic outer ear canal diseases, which are painful and often irreversible, without proper attention.

Ear infections in French Bulldogs

Ear infections are fairly common in French bulldogs.

The narrowed ear canal of the bulldog provides a warm, humid environment in which bacteria and yeasts can thrive and will grow.

Considering the predisposition of French bulldogs to food allergies and environmental allergies (atopic dermatitis), there are even higher chances of chronic progressive otitis externa.

french bulldog ear infection

The warm, damp and narrow ear canal offers an ideal environment for bacteria and yeasts. In your English, Old English, American or French bulldog ear, the inflammation only increases with the infection involving pruritus, swelling, and excess wax, followed by severe pain.

How to avoid an ear infection

  • Regular control and purification of the ears is the best protection against ear infection.
  • Ideally, dog ears should be treated with a special detergent.
  • The detergent should not be alcohol-containing.
  • Otherwise, the alcohol burns like fire when the dog’s ear is irritated.

Symptoms of external ear infection in French Bulldogs

  • Head-Shaking
  • Scratching on the ear
  • Partly foul-smelling outflow
  • Painfulness when touched


  • Excessive earwax production
  • Ear Mites
  • Warts
  • Tumors
  • Injuries
  • Fleas
  • Foreign Objects


Only the veterinarian can make an exact diagnosis, as he can see with an otoscope in the dog’s ear canal. In most cases, under a microscope, the veterinarian will look at a smear from the ear.

Ear Infection Treatments For French Bulldogs

Ear flushes

Ear flushes

The most effective of these are ear flushes. However, the bully must be anesthetized to do this. Usually, even foreign bodies need to be removed with special pliers under anesthesia.


French Bulldog Operation

Ear canal warts and tumors require an operation.


french bulldog ear drops

Antibiotic ear drops help in an ear infection caused by bacteria.

Related: Choose the best pet insurance for your French bulldog.

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