Posted : 4/18/2007 1:26:01 PM
I have two Beagles and unfortunately I learned about ear infections the hard way.
That said, I agree with other posters that food can affect or contribute to ear infections, but long-earred breeds may also be prone to ear infections because of the lack of air and circulation in there. Keep in mind that when they sniff the ground their ears
ick up moisture from the grass in the morning or just from the water bowl. With little or no circulation, it takes longer to dry and can sometimes upset the delicate balance in there. Sometimes while mine are laying down or sleeping I flip their ears up so the air circulates (they look at me like I am crazy, but oh well). In addition to switching foods which can definitely help, I would also suggest at least a weekly ear cleaning, if you don't do so already. You may have to try a few different products to find what works for your dog. Some of the store bought products were actually too drying for my two so look out for that. Also, if you bathe her yourself or take her to a groomer, have them put large-size cotton balls in her ears to keep excess water from getting in.
Just some of the things that I have learned, hope the information helps.