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Recurring Dog & Cat Ear Infections

Pet Care Tips 3 min read
Male Veterinarian Examining Cat Ear Infection with an Otoscope in a Vet Clinic.

Dog and cat ear infections are a common health issue, often causing discomfort and distress for our beloved pets. While many infections clear up with appropriate treatment, some can persist, requiring diligent care and attention.

Understanding the Causes of Dog & Cat Ear Infections

Various hidden health concerns may cause dog and cat ear infections, including…

Microbial Infections

Bacteria, yeast, and fungi are commonly behind ear infections in pets. These microbes thrive in warm, moist environments, making the ear canal an ideal environment.


Allergic reactions to environmental factors like pollen, dust mites, or food can trigger inflammation in the ear canal, predisposing pets to recurrent infections.

Anatomy and Breed Predisposition

Pets with floppy ears, narrow ear canals, or excessive hair growth within the ears are more prone to infections. Certain breeds, such as Cocker Spaniels and Basset Hounds, are genetically predisposed to ear problems.

Underlying Health Conditions

Systemic diseases like hypothyroidism, autoimmune disorders, or hormonal imbalances can weaken the immune system, making pets more susceptible to infections.

What are the Signs?

Domestic cats scratching the ears because of cat ear infections
  • Ear Scratching or Rubbing: Pets with ear infections often exhibit increased scratching or rubbing of the affected ear.
  • Head shaking or Tilting: Persistent head shaking or tilting may indicate discomfort or irritation in the ear.
  • Odor or Discharge: A foul odor emanating from the ear or abnormal discharge (e.g., pus, blood) warrants immediate attention.
  • Redness and Swelling: Inflamed or swollen ear tissue, accompanied by redness, indicates an underlying infection or inflammation.
  • Behavioral Changes: Pets may show signs of discomfort, reluctance to be touched around the ears, or changes in appetite and activity levels.

If you notice these symptoms in your little one, please take them to a vet immediately for tests and diagnosis.

Diagnosing Ear Infections in Pets

There are 4 ways to diagnose ear infections in dogs and cats . The initial step is a thorough physical examination. This examination involves visual inspection and palpation to identify signs of infection, inflammation, or structural abnormalities within the ears. Following this, your vet may perform ear cytology to identify the organisms in your pet’s ear. It is a microscopic examination of ear swabs that helps veterinarians pinpoint the presence of bacteria, yeast, or fungi, providing crucial guidance for appropriate treatment. For suspected allergies, testing (intradermal or blood tests) helps identify specific allergens triggering the immune response.

To gain a deeper understanding, imaging studies, such as radiographs or computed tomography (CT) scans, can assess underlying anatomical abnormalities or determine the extent of the infection.

Managing Dog & Cat Ear Infections

Once the vet has pinpointed the cause and extent of infection, a comprehensive management plan should follow.

  • Ear Cleaning: Regular ear cleaning with veterinarian-approved solutions helps remove debris, excess wax, and microbes, preventing the buildup of infection-causing agents.
  • Topical Medications: Antimicrobial or antifungal ear drops prescribed by veterinarians target the underlying infection directly, reducing microbial growth and inflammation.
  • Systemic Therapy: Vet may prescribe oral antibiotics, antifungals, or corticosteroids for severe or recurrent infections, addressing systemic factors contributing to the condition.
  • Allergy Management: Identifying and avoiding allergens, along with allergen-specific immunotherapy or medications, helps control allergic reactions and reduce the risk of recurrent infections.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Maintaining proper grooming practices, controlling humidity levels in the environment, and preventing exposure to known irritants or allergens support the long-term management of ear infections.

Regular veterinary monitoring is also important as it allows veterinarians to monitor treatment progress and adjust medications as needed. 

Natural Supplement Support

Regular veterinary monitoring is also important as it allows veterinarians to monitor treatment progress and adjust medications as needed. 

In complementing traditional treatment, natural supplements can play a crucial role in supporting the healing process for your little one. NHV offers vet-formulated supplements designed to address specific issues:

NHV Echo Gold serves as an ear drop supplement aimed at aiding ear infections. It contributes to reducing discomfort and inflammation, alleviating behaviors such as rubbing, itching, and scratching of the ear. Additionally, it assists in stopping discharge and managing unpleasant odors associated with ear issues.

For environmental or seasonal allergies, we recommend NHV Alge-Ex. This supplement may help alleviate symptoms such as sneezing, itching, scratching, and rubbing of the eyes and ears while also working to decrease inflammation in the upper respiratory tract.

NHV Stimmune, a natural immune system support supplement, may promote overall skin health in pets. Notably, it stands as a leading product in addressing symptoms linked to food allergies, including persistent scratching and itching.

Incorporating these NHV supplements into your pet’s wellness routine can help promote healing. We recommend you always consult with your veterinarian to ensure a comprehensive and tailored approach to your pet’s health and well-being.

Recurring ear infections in dogs and cats are a significant challenge for pet owners and veterinarians alike. By understanding the underlying causes, recognizing early signs and symptoms, and implementing comprehensive management strategies, we can help alleviate discomfort and improve the quality of life for our pets. 

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Dr. Barbara Benitez DVM, MS

Dr. Barbara Benitez DVM, MS

Dr. Barbara is a veterinarian from Brazil with a specialty in pet nutrition. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2006 from the University of Uberaba. In 2010, Dr. Barbara received her Master’s of Science in Pet Nutrition from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She has over 15 years of experience in research and development in the pet food industry. When Barbara isn’t helping pet parents, you can find her spending time with her family, including her senior dog, Caze.

Published: February 14, 2024

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