If this is the case with you dog, several steps should be taken:
The veterinarian should take a sample of the dog's ear discharge. This should then be cultured to pinpoint the exact culprit so that it can be specifically treated.
Owners must regularly perform ear washings at home
Testing may show that the infections are being caused by allergies
. This is the #1 reason for reoccurring problems. Allergies take time to figure out...however once you can pinpoint the allergy trigger with a dog, treatment is often easy. A dog may be allergic to an external element or an internal element.
Think about all of the external elements that affect your dog and remove 1 element every 1 week. Doing so can help you to determine which element is causing problems for your dog. Common external elements are:
- Carpet cleaner
- Laundry detergent
- Dog shampoo
- Leave-in spray
With an internal trigger, symptoms will be caused by something that your dog is ingesting; Canines are often allergic to artificial coloring. This can be found in lower-end commercial dog food and in many manufactured treats. For dogs that are sensitive to these chemicals, opting for white or cream colored treats is best. Orange and red treats hold a lot of chemicals.
If the ingredient is in the main meal itself, often it takes a complete 'reboot' to find the culprit. An owner should begin by only giving their dog plain, un-seasoned white breast chicken meat along with plain, un-seasoned white rice. After one week on this very bland diet, one new ingredient can be incorporated every 7 days.
Choosing fresh, wholesome vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, sugar snap peas and healthy fruits such as blueberries and raspberries can keep allergies away. Yogurt and cottage cheese can be mixed into these foods as well as a bit of plain cooked pasta.
If you are interested in making meals at home to keep artificial coloring, preservatives and fillers out of your dog's system, you may be interested in Healthy Home Cooking for the Boxer.