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Itchy ears!

My 6 month old puppy seems to have a chronic itchy ear problem. It's mostly his right ear but sometimes his left ear bugs him too. The first time it happened the vet just looked in his ear and said it looked fine, thought maybe his hairs were bugging him. She gave me some Animex ointment to put in there for a few days and told me to pluck out some hairs if I could. It came back a few weeks later- it was bugging him so bad he cried if I touched it. Vet did a swab and found some bacteria in it and gave me a solution. It went away. It came back a little bit (not nearly as bad) a few weeks later, we treated it with more solution and it went away. Now it's back again to the point where he is crying if we touch it. We are treating with the solution again and some of the Animex at night so he won't itch all night long. I assume it will go away again with treatment but I'm wondering what I should be doing as maintenance? Clearly he's prone to ear infection. What can I clean his ears with on a daily or weekly basis that will keep this problem away? I feel so bad for my little guy!
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Try this home remedy, developed by cocker spaniel owners.
http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html

My vet gave me this recipe: 1 part betadine to 9 parts of water. Treat him in the shower or outside because the betadine will stain. Soak a cotton ball and squeeze the liquid into his ears, then hold the ear flap down and massage his ear. Treat both ears twice a day. Once his ears are clean, do this once a week.

When you have a pup that is prone to ear infections, you have to be very proactive and keep ahead of problems.

We had English Bulldogs for 30 years that had gunky ears, and were always treating one ear or another.



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Virbac epiotic is wonderful antibacterial and anti yeast ear wash. Zymox optic drops is enzymatic stuff that disintegrates bad guys. Try with these and after it clears do not forget to clean ears Every week. That is the only way to stop it. I think that he has yeasty ears so some probiotic can help enormously. Diet is also important. Try to switch to no grain and no carb diet. Raw woud be the best. Go to. Whole dog web page. A lot of good info there

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I would ask your vet before trying anything.

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look up the "swimmer's ear" combo of vinegar and peroxide. If the ears aren't infected, this is a good ear wash. If they are infected it will hurt. You should squirt some in each ear every day for a while, hold down the ear flap for a number of seconds then dab with a cotton ball. If you don't have any ear hair pullers, get a pair and some ear hair powder and keep the hair pulled in the ears. Do this prior to the ear wash. Should help.

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Thanks everyone! I'll look into these suggestions after his ear is cleared up again. Doing better today, he's letting me rub it without any crying. I will certainly be speaking to the vet about this chronic problem as well. Thanks again!
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My Charly girl had a double ear infection when we got her. The vet pulled her hair out of her ears and gave us Mometamax ointment to use for a week. It wasn't gone so we took her back in and they showed us the correct way to treat her. After you place the medication you gently squish her ear canal between your fingers from the outside bottom of her ear. You can hear the squishy sound if you do it right. Later on she got another infection and we had to evaluate the cause. I now use Epi-otic ear cleaner/dryer after a bath or playing in water so it wont return. I use the same technique but saturate a cotton ball and also wipe her ears well. Charly was already on a grain free diet and I am thankfull it wasn't being caused by some sort of allergies. Good luck.


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Be very careful about not getting the water in their ears when bathing too.



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Virbac epiotic is good stuff. the new version has something in it that makes the ear canal slippery and hence difficult for the bacteria to latch on.
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