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Old 01-27-2009, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1 year old white boxer who keeps getting ear infections. I clean Lucky's ears everyday but it doesnt seem to help. I just got back from the vet today and they have put him on antibotics and more cream. I dont know what else to do. The vet tells me I am always going to have problems with Lucky because he is a white boxer and he has allergies. Can anyone help on proper cleaning of the ears and maybe has an idea of something else I can try to make him feel better?
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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poor baby, jakers gets the same thing with his ears, i'm considering starting to tape them down to try to reduce a small amount of the yuck he gets in there...what do you clean them with every day??and what's his allergies?? you should post in the welcome forum with some info about you and your baby,[and pics] there's a ton of us with whitey's i'm sure someone can share some advice once they know they whole story, good luck and welcome to the forum!
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Rowdy , our Golden, had ear problems since puppy hood. His problems were yeast. Prescription meds would clear up the infection but it would soon come back We started a regime of flushing his ears with vinegar twice a week. I use a 50/50 vinegar and water solution at room temp in an ear syringe. After flushing I massage the base of the ear and after he shakes his head good I dry with paper towel, after which he gets his treat . Has worked well for us. No ear infections as long as we maintain our schedule. Roxie watches with great interest, so i wipe her ears with a damp vinegar soaked paper towel at the same time . I do not flush her ears. Would check with the vet before I did. The Retrievers ear flaps are long and tend to completely cover his ears. For those who pups have black stuff in the ears I would suspect yeast.
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Old 01-28-2009, 01:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I use the natural ear wipes. Just every few weeks or so wipe out the outer part. I used to put the solution in the ear but don't bother anymore. Maybe your dog is allergic to the food. You might want to try changing the food and see if it helps.
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I take a 2x2 gauze pad and soak it with ear cleaning solution. I then stick it in their ears, fold the ear over and massage the ears. This allows the gauze to grab all the gunk thats is in the ear canal. The ear of the dog is shaped in an "L" so you dont do any damage by placing the gauge in it.
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Thanks for all the feedback I really appreciate it.

I have already changed his food to lamb and rice which has worked to a point we just keep having problems with his ears. We did find out that lucky's mother is allergic to beef. The vet has suggested maybe changing his food to
bison or deer. I am going to research and see if i can find anything on these.


I have been using a cleaning ear wipe purchased from the pet store. It worked in the beginning but know it doesnt seem to be working as good I also use a foaming cleaner once a week and it is suppose to remove ear wax and dirt from the ear canal. I may be overdoing it.

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Old 01-28-2009, 02:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I found that if I over cleaned their ears they always had redness and sores in them. I still clean them but just not as much as before
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I was told about this stuff, its seemed to work so far:
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