Dog Keeps Getting Chronic Ear Infections – Top 3 Reasons Why
Recurring ear infections in dogs can be annoying and upsetting. Here are a few reasons why a dog may keep getting chronic ear infections despite your best efforts to not just keep your dog’s ears clean but to also keep the dog’s environment spotlessly clean.
1. Dog has bad allergic reactions
Unfortunately, some dogs are highly sensitive to allergens and this may be the primary cause of the chronic ear infections. It’s not just environmental allergens like dust and pollen that can trigger recurring ear infections in dogs, the allergic reaction could also come from what the dog eats. Something as harmless as chicken-based wet food may cause your dog to keep getting annoying ear infections (if your dog is allergic to poultry).
2. Lack of ear cleaning
A dog’s ear can get dirty quite quickly, especially if the dog has long and floppy ears. Think about all the dirt and debris the dog may get exposed to while he is taken out for a walk. The dog might keep getting ear infections because of the lack of ear hygiene. Some dogs will be okay with having their ears cleaned once a month. Others may need their ears cleaned weekly or even daily. You should only clean the dog’s inner ear with methods or products that have been approved by your vet.
3. Drying your dog’s ears
You need to make sure your dog’s ears are getting properly dried after he is given a bath. Water can get trapped more easily in a dog’s ear. Any water that gets trapped in the dog’s ear may aid the growth of harmful bacteria. Using a shower cap may help reduce the amount of water that gets into the dog’s ears.
Treating recurring ear infections in dogs
Your vet may not have gone far enough to diagnose the ear infection issues. As a result, the initial treatment the vet provided might not have been enough to tackle the first few ear infections the dog experienced. It may, for example, be worthwhile to ask your vet to do a culture swab and have the sample sent to a lab for diagnosis. Doing this test may help provide an accurate outcome as far as the antibiotics or medications needed to fix the dog’s chronic ear problem.
In the meantime, keep cleaning your dog’s ears but only use products or methods that have been approved by the vet. It may cause more harm than good if you were to use a remedy that’s inappropriate for the dog’s circumstances.