My ten year old, male Blue Heeler has chronic ear infections and has already had surgery. He is on a daily dose of Prednisone which is taking a toll on him. His ears and hardened and he can no longer hold them up. Could you please suggest something that doesn't have such terrible side effects as Prednisone?


It is possible that your Blue Heelers ears are hardened because of the chronic infection, not because of the Prednisone. Have you looked into what is causing this recurrent infection? Does the dog have signs of inhalant allergies or food allergies?

There is not a good medical substitute for prednisone, and, as you are noticing, the drug has a lot of side effects. The best chance for your dog is to determine what is causing the infection to come back and fix that. Consider trying to change his diet first.

Updated on January 25, 2018

Original Article:

Why Does My Dog's Ear Infection Keep Coming Back?
By Dr Mark