Yeast and/or bacterial infections in dog ear are rather common. Many conventional medications for recurrent chronic ear infections include strong drugs such as antibiotics, anti-fungal medicines, antihistamines, and steroids. As in many other infections, ear infections in dogs are largely due to an immune system that is weakened or out-of-sync. Prolonged use of antibiotics and steroids cannot address the root cause - in fact, it can aggravate the problem since prolonged use of these medicines can very often wreak havoc to a dog's immune system.
Otitis externa means that the inflammation affects the layer of cells lining the outer or external portion of the ear canal. Otitis media and interna refer to infections of the middle and inner ear canal, and they are most often are a result of the spread of infection from the external ear. These more advanced cases can be very serious, and could lead to deafness, facial paralysis, or signs of vestibular disease, such as head tilting, circling, and lack of coordination. That's why it is important to prevent and seek early treatment for ear problems.
Allergens in the environment make some dogs prone to ear infections. Allergens which can affect your dog’s ears include mold, dust, pollen, and certain foods. There is a lot of information on the internet which claims food allergies cause ear infections in dogs, however there is no scientific proof available to back up this claim. While humans often react to molds, dust and pollen with respiratory problems, dogs often reaction to allergens with skin, anal-gland, and ear problems. A dog’s reaction to allergens can create an ideal environment for infections. Even though EcoEars can eliminate the symptoms, you should be aware of which allergens your dog is exposed to and remove them from his environment.