Ask an Expert: Dog Ear Infections | VetDERM Clinic

Ask an Expert: Dog Ear Infections

Q: Why is my dog getting ear infections?

A: Dogs can develop itchy ears and ear infections due to a variety of causes. Some breeds of dogs, such as Basset Hounds and Cocker Spaniels, are prone to ear infections due to the conformation of their ears.

The most common reason for recurrent ear infections is underlying allergies, such as allergies to food or their environment. Some ear canal infections may not resolve on initial treatment and can appear to be recurrent while still being a continuation of the same infection. Such persistent infections and/or underlying primary causes (like allergies) need to be corrected in order to effectively treat dogs with ear problems.

Dr Jangi Bajwa
Veterinary Dermatologist
VetDERM Clinic