Many dogs suffer from chronic ear infections with red, painful ear canals, yeast overgrowth, and thick, dark discharge. You might see the dog digging in his ears with his toenails, or rubbing his ears on the floor or furniture. Infected ears often have a foul smell, and generate a lot of discomfort for your dog.
Treating the cause of the ear infection is really more important than treating the infection itself, as without identifying the cause the infection will return and require more treatment, and more expense, for the owner.
Alpine Animal Clinic takes a modern approach to this common problem by focusing on the source of the problem rather than just covering it up with ear ointments and antibiotics. With a careful history your veterinarian might select to eliminate certain environmental factors, do a diet trial, or choose special blood testing to pinpoint the source of the problem.
There are also modern medications that are safer and have fewer side effects than the prednisone treatments of the past, and your vet might recommend medication to help your dog reduce sensitivity to the cause of his ear infections. Surgical Intervention is available for very severe, long-standing infection of the ear. Fortunately, most infections will never reach this stage.