Maggie has one. I check both our dogs ears daily and alas, today was the day. It looks terrible, and not to mention SMELLS terrible! :vomit: We are planning on taking her to the vet tomorrow first thing, but I was wondering if there are any home remedies to ear infections?
*UPDATE*Originally Posted by map1986
So the vet told me NOT to clean Maggie's ears out with alcohol as it dries the ear out and makes them itchier and not to mention more prone to ear infections. *sigh* I am a BAD mom!!! The teachers at Maggie's school said that we SHOULD use alcohol swabs to clean her ears out especially after swimming. I trusted that information coming from them, but I guess it wasn't correct. They gave us ear drops, cleaner, and antibiotics :'( I feel SOOO bad!
Don't feel bad, you'll get a lot of contradicting "helpful hints" from many people. I found that the best way to clear ears is with a gentle solution I got from the vet. Saba had ear infections before and he still gets them in the winter when he "surfs" head first into the snow banks.
Just make sure that after the ear infection is cured, you check her ears on average 2 -3 times a week, just a quick glance to see if they need to be cleaned.
This is a little late, but for future reference I thought I'd add that the best thing for us has been The Purple Stuff: http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/ears.html. Potter was prone to yeasty ears prior to us switching him to grain free and this worked amazingly every time!
We train in water almost every day, probably 5 days a week on average. Since we have been using either Purple Stuff or Malacetic Otic (whichever is on hand) when we pack up to come home from training, we have not had an ear infection in 2 years. Before purple stuff, we had 'em pretty regularly.
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