My Maltese was diagnosed with allergies. Nothing seems to work, he constantly bites the hair off his paws and all four paws are quite swollen; he also gets cronic ear infections and the odor is quite strong.
Alergies go hand and hand with ear infections. You should talk to your vet about allergy testing. You can find out what your pet is allergic to and try to eliminate it from his diet or enviroment. You acn also try immunotherpy or just treat the symptoms with antihistamines or steroids. Good luck, vetcare