Black Lab with a sore ear

My grand-dog has a sore ear again - the third time. He's been to the vet for it twice now. The ear drops semed
to work, but the infection seems to have come back. Any advice?

What other symptoms does he

What other symptoms does he have? Recurrent ear infections in dogs/cats are often indicative of allergies.
How old is he? Is he itchy? Has it been going on for more than 1 year (4 seasons) without significant periods of relief?
My dog was having problems, I finally took her to a specialist dermatology/allergies and she is now doing well, receiving immunotherapy.

http://www.allergydogcentral.com/2010/11/20/dog-allergy-symptom-2-ear-infections/

Janice, there's also this

Janice, there's also this site: http://www.vetratingz.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=19

Laughing out loud

hydrangea wrote: What other

hydrangea wrote:

What other symptoms does he have? Recurrent ear infections in dogs/cats are often indicative of allergies.
How old is he? Is he itchy? Has it been going on for more than 1 year (4 seasons) without significant periods of relief?
My dog was having problems, I finally took her to a specialist dermatology/allergies and she is now doing well, receiving immunotherapy.

http://www.allergydogcentral.com/2010/11/20/dog-allergy-symptom-2-ear-infections/

Thanks. His eyes have always been red, but we stopped noticing it because that's just the way he is. I'll have a look at the site.

MicOnTheNorthShore

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:

Janice, there's also this site: http://www.vetratingz.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=19

Laughing out loud

Thanks Mic. I'll let my son know.

Your grand dogs cousin Kacie

Your grand dogs cousin Kacie has always had bad ears . . .
In her case it was Yeast and now that I have her on a special home made anti yeast diet she is so much better. Maybe it runs in the family?

Many years ago we had a dog

Many years ago we had a dog with persistent ear infections.

We used a 50/50 vinegar and water solution.

It was very effective as long as we used it regularly.

Sisterofwisher wrote: Maybe

Sisterofwisher wrote:

Maybe it runs in the family?

That's something to consider. Big smile

gagal wrote: Many years ago

gagal wrote:

Many years ago we had a dog with persistent ear infections.

We used a 50/50 vinegar and water solution.

It was very effective as long as we used it regularly.

Thanks Gagal - That might work.

My pup had a yeast infection

My pup had a yeast infection in her ears some time ago. The vet said that its not an uncommon problem in dogs with floppy ears.

If you'd like to make your

If you'd like to make your own dog ear cleaner, here are a few recipes. But a couple of cautions before you start:
•It is always best to consult a veterinarian before attempting your own treatment
•Don’t insert anything deep into your pet’s ear, including the syringe, as this can cause injury
•If your pet has a lot of discharge, blood in the ear, or his ears are inflamed, do not use home treatment – seek professional medical help instead. He may have an infection.

No matter if you make your own ear cleaner, or use a commercially-prepared one, an essential part of your dog’s treatment should be Zymoz Otic.

This is a fantastic enzymatic solution that treats acute and chronic otitis externa (inflammation of the external ear) due to both bacterial and yeast infections.

Dog ear cleaners have two purposes:
1.clean the ear
2.protect against ear infections

Different ingredients can be used to achieve these purposes. We recommend using the most gentle ingredients possible.

With any of these solutions, make sure the mixture is at room temperature or just a bit warmer. This will feel much better to your dog, and make it easier on you if he is more comfortable.

An easy and safe way to warm the solution is to immerse the syringe, or the cup or glass if using an oil, in a sink or bowl full of hot water for a few minutes. This will warm the mixture slightly without making it too warm.

Home Remedy Recipes

Recipe #1

One of the best solutions to make for your dog’s ears to prevent infection:

witch hazel and organic apple cider vinegar, in a 1 to 1 ratio (50/50 mixture)
place in a bottle and shake well.
Fill an ear syringe and clean your dog’s ears

Witch hazel is more gentle than rubbing alcohol, and the apple cider vinegar helps to restore the natural balance in the ear.

Recipe # 2
Another gentle solution is white vinegar and warm water, in a 1 to 1 ratio. You may make it with 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water, but make sure there is enough vinegar so there isn’t water left standing in the ear. The vinegar helps to dry out the ear.

Recipe # 3
Another home remedy is Aloe Vera Gel. Warm some Aloe Vera in a cup as mentioned above and then place 1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel into each ear. This works well for irritated, red ears.

Recipe # 4
Almond Oil. Almond oil is gentle on the skin and helps loosen dirt and wax. Warm the oil and place about 1/2 teaspoon of warm oil into each ear.

You may also use olive oil, just use it the same way.

Some recipes you see on the internet include rubbing alcohol. Be very careful when using alcohol in your dog’s ears. Only use alcohol if your dog doesn’t have any scratches or sores (because it can cause burning), and if he doesn’t mind a cold solution. I haven’t tried cleaners with rubbing alcohol in them, because I think they are too harsh.
You may see also find remedies that contain Hydrogen peroxide, but Hydrogen Peroxide can harm healthy tissue so it is not recommended.

Quick and Easy
If you don’t want the mess and hassle of making your own solutions, you can buy a premixed solution instead like I do:
•Zymox Ear Cleanser
•Halo Herbal Ear Wash
•NaturVet Ear Wash with Tea Tree Oil

Thanks hydra for that

Thanks hydra for that information. My son was given something by the vet the second time he went but the infection came back. Maybe he should try taking him one more time, ask the vet about getting the ear stable, and then starting on some kind of regimen to keep the ear clean.

That's what I'm going to suggest to him.

Thanks everyone.

Keeping the ears clean is

Keeping the ears clean is important for some dogs, Youtube probably has some good "how to" videos.
Once the ear is infected though, you'll need the prescription stuff.
My dog was prescribed Tresaderm drops with good effect.
Good luck.
ETA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4odbAlDRiz0

Thank you very much for the

Thank you very much for the link. I'm just "Grams", but I want the best for my grand-dogs.

Tyson loves to go swimming, and his ear got sore again after he went in the lake. I am thinking he should avoid all lakes for a little while.

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