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Dogs with floppy ears, like your terrier, are more prone to ear infections because their ear structure can trap moisture and debris, creating an environment where pathogens can thrive.
Allergies are another potential cause of ear discomfort. They can be environmental, such as pollen or dust, or food-related. Allergies can cause inflammation and itchiness in the ears, leading to secondary infections if the skin is broken from scratching.
At home, you can start by gently cleaning the outer part of your dog's ear with a soft cloth or a cotton ball slightly moistened with a dog-specific ear cleaner. Avoid inserting anything into the ear canal, as this can cause injury.