Persistent or Relapsing Pet Ear Infections
If your pet suffers from chronic, recurrent ear infections then you are constantly treating the secondary factors of otitis, defined as inflammation of the ear (see ear canal diagram below).
The list of predisposing, primary, and perpetuating factors that contribute to those pet ear infections is extensive; however, allergy is responsible for the vast majority of recurrent otitis.
Relapsing Pet Ear Infections
Chronically relapsing pet ear infections may be an indicator that the infection no longer just involves the external ear canal, but the infection has moved to the middle ear cavity. In which case, the veterinary dermatologist is trained to thoroughly flush the infection. However, treatment success can only be achieved once the veterinary dermatologist has considered and addressed all underlying factors.