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diet and ear infections in dogs

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Early-life programming by diet plays a role in reducing — or increasing — the risk of ear infections in dogs
  • Dogs that ate a raw, meat-based diet in early life had a significantly decreased risk of ear infections later in life, while those that ate a highly processed dry food diet had a significantly increased risk
  • The mother dog’s diet during pregnancy, as well as puppies’ diets from 2 to 6 months of age, were particularly strongly linked to ear infection risk in later life
  • Even providing a portion of food in the form of a raw, meat-based diet was beneficial; puppies that ate more than 25% of their food as a raw, meat-based diet significantly decreased their incidence of ear infections later in life
  • Allergies are by far the most common reason for ear inflammation in dogs; an allergic response to food can lead to year-round ear issues that a dietary change may solve

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