Ear infections are one of the most common reasons pet parents bring their dogs to the veterinarian. They aren’t just uncomfortable for your dog and frustrating for you. When they are chronic, ear infections can be very painful and can lead to vertigo and deafness. Here are the dog breeds that are prone to ear infections.
1. Labrador Retrievers
Retrievers love to play in the water, which means there is more opportunity for their ears to get moisture in them.
Yeast and bacteria thrive in moist environments, leading to ear infections.
2. Cocker Spaniels
Cocker spaniels may be adorable with their heavy, long floppy ears and thick hair, but that may not necessarily be a good thing.
They are at high risk for ear infections.
Dogs with very hairy ears are prone to ear infections.
When the hair works right, it keeps debris out of the ear. But when there is infection, the hair may make it more difficult for the material to exit the ear canal.
Shar-Peis and other dogs known for heavy skin folds often have very narrow ear canals.
This means that even a small amount of debris can clog the canal and cause significant discomfort. Narrow canals also means it’s harder for material to exit once it gets in.
5. Allergic Dogs
Dogs with allergies tend to develop ear infections. There are two ways this happens. The first is that they become itchy and scratching the ears disrupts the normal defenses against infection.
The second way allergies lead to ear infection is that part of the dog’s allergic response is an overgrowth of the normal yeast or bacteria in their ears. These dogs often develop chronic or recurrent ear infections. The only cure is to address the underlying allergies.