Risk Factors Of Ear Infection In Pets

There are several risk factors that can increase a cat’s or dog’s susceptibility to developing ear infection. These include the following:

  • Shape of the ears and breed - Dogs with big and floppy ears are more prone to developing ear infections because of poor air circulation in the ear passages. Some canine breeds with floppy ears include spaniels, Labrador and golden retrievers, and basset hounds. In cats, those with exceptionally small ears such as Persian cats and Scottish folds have higher rates of ear infections. 
  • Pets that frequently spend time in the water tend to accumulate moisture in their ears, creating a favorable medium for multiplication of yeast and bacteria leading to infections.
  • Flea allergies
  • Hypersensitive reaction to allergens in the environment, food ingredient, or pollen
  • Compromised immune system brought about by conditions (such as feline AIDS) that affect the system’s function and integrity. 
  • Presence of hair in the ear canals trap moisture thereby creating a favorable environment for infection. 

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