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pulling of ear hair

Well, I went to the vet yesterday for D's shot and while I was there I asked them to trim his nails and pull the hair out of his ears. The tech brought him back to me and we left.
Last night, poor django was up from 2:00 a.m. He was doing that motion where dogs rub their ears and faces along the ground. At the same time, his little bottom would jump up from side to side. THis would last a minute, then he would settle, then it would start again, then he would settle. This went on all night. He was also very clingy. I was able to video tape it with the plan of calling the vet first thing this morning and having something to show her. Needless to say neither of us got a good night sleep.

I took him to the vet (my #3 at the clinic when #1 and 2 aren't available) and she looked at his chart and the video and said it must be his ears. A quick look and she said they were so inflamed they would thrown a grown man to the ground. So, now we are on prednisone (for the ears not for the addisons) along with Tramadol for pain for the next couple of days. she said once he stops doing his little "I'm in pain" dance to stop the meds. Hopefully by the weekend.

When I took him to have his teeth cleaned a few months ago I asked the vet to also clean his ears. He said the hair was so compacted in his ears he was concerned that his eardrums could have been damaged. They weren't thank goodness. He had not had his ears cleaned in months mainly because it's painful. So what's an owner to do? The vet said to have his ears checked with each visit and only clean them when needed but she wasn't a big fan of hair pulling.
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Aww...sorry to hear this has happened to your little one. When I worked for my vet ( I'm retired) we saw lots of dogs come in after having their ear hairs plucked out at the groomers. Poor things were so uncomfortable and the inside of their little ears were beet red. I know it doesn't happen to all dogs, but I don't do it to Whimsy's ears. I hope your poor baby is feeling better and that you both get a good night's sleep!!

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Ah poor little guy. Everything is always so rough for him. It's sort of a "****ed if you do and ****ed if you don't" situation.

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Once they are all cleared up, if you put a little ear powder in the ear and pull out a little each time you brush him, it will help keep down lots of ear hair and help prevent ear infections. The ear powder some how makes the hair come out easily without hurting.

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poor little guy.... do they PLUCK out ALL the hair?? I would think just regular pulling out the dead hairs should help tremendously?

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i use the tweezers to pull out excess hair in both my dogs about once a week, then i use a gentle ear cleaning solution and wipe to get out the crap that builds up. When my little one was young and wouldn't sit still I wouldn't use the tweezers because of the risk of her moving suddenly and hurting her, then i just used my fingers with a bit of powder to pull out the excess hair. It's like pulling hair out of the drain in the tub, you pull a bit and it just keeps coming and coming. The dogs love having it done now; must feel good to get some air in their ears.

For the dogs with really hairy ears, the wax builds up in the hair and then infection/yeast can set in and make a real mess.

Some dogs have allergies that result in messy ears, wheat is one that is known to do this. You might want to talk to your vet about a trial of a different diet to see if it might make any difference. Allergy testing can be done, but it isn't an exact science and results aren't always accurate.
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Just bought the powder yesterday. Gonna try and do that this weekend when I have a quiet time with him

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Awe poor Django can't get a break. I have to say that the first time Timmy had his ears plucked he was in a lot of discomfort. I was hesitant to get it done, but he had so much hair in his ears and the groomer said she was afraid they would mat. He's been back to the groomer a few times since and has been fine, I think the first time around he had a lot taken out so subsequent visits are just maintenance. I do have to admit cleaning his ears without all that hair is a lot easier.

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I have the powder as well and the few times he has let me near his ears it's easier to pull the hair out. I think I am going to lay off everything for a few weeks. Between the toe nail and the ears his little body needs time to bounce back. He's not eating thanks to the pain meds and antibiotics so I made him a little ground turkey and he ate that up like a champ.

I think from now on i will ask the vet when he needs his hair pulled out and maybe have the groomer do it. maybe it will be a quarterly thing vs. a monthly event.
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