What can be Done to Prevent Recurrent Ear Infections?

I have a 4yr old Golden Retriever who gets chronic ear infections. I clean them once a week with a prescription ear solution but nothing...
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I have a 4yr old Golden Retriever who gets chronic ear infections. I clean them once a week with a prescription ear solution but nothing seems to help. I’ve been told its a food allergy. I have tried numerous kinds of food with no luck. Any suggestions?

Joline
Hayward, Calif

Anything that causes skin inflammation also can cause ear inflammation and ear infections. In dogs, allergies cause most skin and ear problems. Golden Retrievers are famously susceptible to allergies.

Joline, it is true that food allergies can cause ear infections. Simply switching foods, however, usually doesn’t take care of the problem. You should try a special prescription hypoallergenic diet and stick with it rigorously for at least six weeks.

Also, remember life’s three guarantees: 1) Death. 2) Taxes. 3) Every dog with food allergies also has flea allergies.

If your dog does not receive a regular, high quality flea preventative then you definitely should get going on that.

Finally, don’t forget that pollen, mold spores, dust mites, storage mites, cockroach feces, cat dander, human dander, mosquitoes and millions of other potential allergens also can contribute to chronic skin or ear problems. Flea prevention and a hypoallergenic diet are the easiest steps to take, but they are not guaranteed to eliminate the problem.

1 thought on “What can be Done to Prevent Recurrent Ear Infections?”

  1. Kelly Nestelroad

    Switching foods does help with the allergies. I also have an 8 year old Black Lab she also takes apoquel and a couple different antibiotics ear drops and the shot work quite well for the itching but not good for the long hall. Oh don’t forget the anti itch shampoo to apply and let it sit and work it’s magic for 10 minutes It is hefty price of $200 every time we visit the vet for KC’s allergy’s but for now she is all good with that part of her medical issues. You know us being dog lovers will do anything to keep our best friends happy and healty.

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