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is it treats or ear fuzz causing infection

does anyone out there give their dogs those treats that look like packing peanuts in yellow and orange? i think they call them popcorn treats?

my dog has been developing yeast infections in his ears and i don't know if there's any connection to these treats or to the fact that the groomer stopped pulling the fuzzy ear hair out of his ears.
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Don't know anything about those treats....I am still wanting to get into Jack's ears.



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Duffy kept getting recurrent ear infections (yeast) no matter how much I cleaned them and used Otomax (prescription) in them. Whenever I took him to a groomer I emphasized hair removal. The groomer must have only done it like I did - not deep down in. In desperation I took him to the vet emphasizing the ear problem again. She took him into another room and came back to show me a huge pile of hair she got out of his ears. This was even though I clean hair out of his ears all the time! She said I don't get enough of it, and when all that hair is in there it gives yeast a nice environment to grow. I've been battling this for over a year. Vet gave me a prescription ear cleaner and that, along with the Otomax, did the trick! I plan to take him to her periodically for the hair removal. So I would say it is the ear hair.

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Ok,
ya'll are bummin' me out!!!! when I got my 1/2 hav 1/2 shih tzu pup, he had THE hairiest ears I have ever seen. I mean, REALLY hairy.

and since day 1, he's scratched them like there's no tomorrow. I mean he almost has his little foot down the canal. and goes at it for like 20-30 minutes.

I thought it was food allergies, and the vet had checked his ears 4x, every time he went in for a round of shots, and it wasn't infected. That, and he doesn't do it everyday.

but when he does scratch, OMG... geeez.

He has had alot of the hair removed from his ear, but after reading the above post, I'm thinking it's just the external canal hair and he as a massive fur ball of an ear canal going on.

He let's me q tip it - asian q tips, much smaller than USA q tips (with cleaning solution), and pull hair, but it always seems to trigger him scratching the buh geezers out of each ear.
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well i never pull the hair out of his ear, don't trust myself enough,i let the groomer do it. i've talked to the vet about it and he's told me there are 2 schools of thought. if you pull the hair, it causes irritaiton in the ear and can cause infections. ifyou don't pull it, it builds up and causes infections. going to the vet in 2 days for djangos shot so i think i might have the techs there remove some of his ear hair.
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Another thought......on ear scratching.....Dexter has had the hair removed, so I just maintain. But, sometimes Dexter does scratch his ears and......I am thinking, it is a hair that is tickling his ear or some of the outside long hairs are tickling....So, I rub his ear, or I cut back some of the long hairs that look like they might be tickling.



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Personally, I would stop feeding the treats and see what happens. I have several clients that have ear infection reactions to certain foods and rawhides.

I only pluck enough hair out of the canal so air can flow in, but not enough to cause irritation.

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I agree regarding the food allergies; that's why I paid $200 for full regular panel and full food panel to see if Duffy had any allergies. Nothing showed up. But since all that mound of hair was removed, and I use the prescription-only cleaner, plus Otomax 2 times a week, he has no more problems.

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I've been feeding PupCorn treats for years with no problems. Clover is weirdly obsessed with them.

It sounds like an allergy, but more likely environmental or food related than the occasional treat. Especially true if ears are plucked and cleaned, making it more likely a systemic itchy reaction than and ear-specific problem.

A professional handler I know swears by fish-based dog food for ear problems. She has some top-winning English Setters she feeds Pro Plan sensitive skin/stomach and has had chronic ear infection dogs clear right up when they went to fish based food. Clover eats fish dog food and has never had any ear problems, though honestly not sure if it's related or not.

What food are you feeding? Has this only been an issue now, during pollen season? It wouldn't hurt to take them off the treats an see what happens, but I would explore other allergy issues at the same time.

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I've been feeding PupCorn treats for years with no problems. Clover is weirdly obsessed with them.

It sounds like an allergy, but more likely environmental or food related than the occasional treat. Especially true if ears are plucked and cleaned, making it more likely a systemic itchy reaction than and ear-specific problem.

A professional handler I know swears by fish-based dog food for ear problems. She has some top-winning English Setters she feeds Pro Plan sensitive skin/stomach and has had chronic ear infection dogs clear right up when they went to fish based food. Clover eats fish dog food and has never had any ear problems, though honestly not sure if it's related or not.

What food are you feeding? Has this only been an issue now, during pollen season? It wouldn't hurt to take them off the treats an see what happens, but I would explore other allergy issues at the same time.

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Before Rico I had a beloved blue Shar Pei for 11 years. From the time I got her at 8 weeks, she had chronic ear infections. I spent literally, more $200 a month at the vets for cleanings, treatments, medicines. After almost 2 years the vet declared stenotic ear canals and recommend ablation surgery on each year at a price of 2K per ear.
Husband researched and found a vet practice that only did allergies, eyes and ears about 2 hours from our house. We made an appointment. The initial exam was 375$. The wonderful vet confirmed stenoic canals BUT said, "Before surgery try a prescriptive ultra low allergan food. In my practice 90% of chronic ear infections are allergic reactions. I don't sell the food but your local vet probably does. Let's try that for 3 months."

We drove home to our vets office and asked the receptionist for Science Diet Ultra ZD as recommended. As she went to get it the vet walked out and said, "Is this for Razz?" We said yes and we thought we'd try it as she was scratching. He said, "Oh yeah and it might help her ears too."

After 3 days, Razz stopped digging at her ears. We were able to stop the saily cleaning and meds. After a few weeks she never again had those gunky black ears or itching. She died nine years later of cancer, but her ears were as pink as a puppy's.

Needless to say, we dropped that vet. The wasted mo'ney was one issue, but the suffering that lovely dog endured for 2 years was criminal. Thank goodness we didn't put her and our checkbook through the double surgery.
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