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What causes ear infections?

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When I raised my Sammies... the only issue I remember having were their allergies to fleas and hot spots. So, I've never really dealt with ear infections.

Now, it seems Lola has another ear infection... crusty on the outside, red and a bit raw in the inside. The vet prescribed some steriods to help with healing and she thought perhaps they might be an allergy. What kind... ? she doesn't know.

So, I'm wondering.... what other dog owners have discovered about ear infections. She's on blue Buffalo and she loves it without any stomach discomfort (she never really had any issues with food except for Nutro that turned her skin very pink and itchy)
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Thank you for the replies!

I've heard an interesting reason for ear infections today at the pet store. I was returning a bag of blue buffalo and purchasing solid gold (seems to be the one they do best on) and the cashier mentions tap water may be the reason for ear infections.

He is quite certain that the heavy metals in tap water is causing ears to get clogged and then resulting in an infection because they don't sweat. I'm not too sure if there is any validity to this however, I suppose trying filtered water wouldn't be expensive. Now Ilya has an ear infection too.... :(
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