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atom1505
Member since Aug 2016
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dog allergies/ear problems
I have a 4y/o lab. A few weeks ago, I noticed he was scratching his face more than normal (he's always scratched his face/chewed his paws to an extent...just assumed recurring allergies). He scratched to the point that he got like 4-5 scabs on his face that couldn't heal because he wouldn't stop scratching. So, I put a cone on him for the past week to give the sores time to heal. They healed up, so I took the cone off yesterday. Well, today he's scratched himself again to the point where he's developed a couple sores on his face, and scratched the hair completely off of a dime sized area by his eye.

He also has been shaking his head a lot. I deep cleaned his ears today and the inner parts of the canals were pretty dirty, so I'm thinking he may have ear mites. He's been on the same food forever, and never had issues like this. FWIW, I also feed him glucosamine and fish oil pills with his food every day. I'm thinking about ordering this stuff (LINK ) to see if that clears up the problem. I'd really rather not rack up a $500 vet bill just for them to tell me that he's got food allergies, particularly because I think he's always had allergies to an extent. I've just never seen it this bad. Anyway, does anyone have any ideas? Or has anyone dealt with anything similar?

Thanks.


bluemoons
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re: dog allergies/ear problems
Funny you posted this. I have a 5.5 year old golden female that's dealing with something similar. I can't figure it out. I've been doing some reading on RTF and I'm thinking she may have mites. The problem showed up when she started running around with my neighbor's dog.

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Rando
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re: dog allergies/ear problems
Pour hot water into a bowl and let it heat the bowl.

Dump water out. Allow two tablespoons of organic coconut oil to melt. Add five drops of tea tree oil. Mix well.

Squirt half into each ear and don't let him shake.

Will never have mites again or get ear infections.
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bluemoons
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re: dog allergies/ear problems
That really works? Mine has always had issues with ear infections. Where might one find tea tree oil and coconut oil locally?


eng08
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Whole Foods will have organic stuff


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Rando
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Worked for all of my dogs.

Tried everything. Nustock did nothong.

Try a tiny spot on their back first. Some dogs are allergic.

If they do more than roll on the grass or carpet, may be allergic.

If they don't, it works amazingly well. :


bbvdd
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Member since Jun 2009
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For an ear infection take 1/3 water, 1/3 vinegar, 1/3 alcohol

Mix and put in their ear. Work it in deep into their ear.

Then let them shake. Make sure they’re outside before you do it.

Buddy that’s a vet told me about it. It’s really good for swimmer’s ear.


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Hammertime
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Milkbones were the source of my dog's ear infections. Took a lot of time for me to figure out why he would get sick every time he'd spend more than a day at my mom's.

Cut out the milkbones, and he hasn't had an ear infection since

Food is a major source of allergies that people don't think about
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MSWebfoot
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My yellow was allergic to everything under the sun. My wife had her tested. We used the list to find what she was least allergic to and went from there.
Shots helped, benedryl helped but made her hyper. Vet sold some ear wash to keep the ears from smelling and her from shaking her head.

ETA: she would also get scabs and lose hair in the spring when the grass would start growing again.
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Tridentds
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Mix up 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup of rubbing alchohol, 3 tablespoons Betadine (CVS, Walgreens), and 3 tablespoons of of boric acid powder (CVS, Walgreens). Put it into an empty water bottle and shake it until the boric acid dissolves and the mixture is clear reddish/orange. Total cost will be around $18 to $20 but once you buy the ingredients you will have enough material to make 15-20 bottles of ear flush over the next few years. Betadine lasts years and Boric Acid really doesn't ever go bad in powder form.

Lift the dogs head up and pour into the ear canal. Fill it up. Do the other side. Rub the base of both ears for about 10-12 seconds and get out of the way and let the dog shake his head. Repeat once more right away. Do a single flush the following day. This kills ear mites and also bacteria that causes itching and inflammation.

My vet turned me onto this a few years ago. We use it on our lab from time to time but quite often on our English Mastiff. Just be sure to do the flush outside because the Betadine has color and can stain stuff.

If you don't use it for a few weeks the Boric Acid will re-crystallize. Just put the bottle in a bowl of hot water for 15 minutes and shake the bottle until it is clear again. The boric acid will re-dissolve. Make sure not to use on the dog until the liquid has cooled back down. Never do an ear flush with a hot liquid. Lukewarm is perfect.

Save yourself a bunch of money.
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iman48
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My dog was shaking her head and scratching her ears a lot this spring. I tried the Zymox, following the directions. She got tired of me messing with her ears, but the stuff seemed to work. No problems since, and I still have 2/3 bottle left.


DeoreDX
Member since Oct 2010
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Used to have to take our lab to the vet every 3-6 months because of her damned ears. Now that we've found Zymox we haven't been back to the vet yet. Probably close to two years now. This web site is good for something.


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LSUJML
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re: dog allergies/ear problems
IIRC there was a thread awhile back on the OT saying how great Zymox is, tried it & my boxer hasn't had ear issues since


biggsc
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I have a 2 going on 3 year old English Cream Golden Retriever

I get the dog ear wash from Pet Supplies Plus. I put it in the ears then rub the ears for 1-2 mins then use q-tips to get the loose ear wax out


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kengel2
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My boxer just had food allergies.

Went through 4 or 5 different foods. Settled on Merrick. Have had 0 ear problems since.


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AubieALUMdvm
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how great Zymox


For a lot of the mildly affected dogs this can be some very helpful stuff. There's ear rinse and actual ear drops. The ear drops come with and without hydrocortisone. I prefer the latter.

Another product that is usually inexpensive is Hydro B 1020 (also called CortAstrin by another manufacturer). This can be found for cheap and for a lot of dogs works just well as the Zymox.

If I didn't have the ability to prescribe whatever I want for my own dog I would try one of these rather than the home made stuff.


Larry Gooseman
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I guess we've changed foods since we started our dog on daily allergy pills so it's hard to tell if that wasn't the problem. Takes Apoquel daily, and haven't had an ear infection in over a year.


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phil good
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Noticed my dog scratching his ears tonght. Got close and the left ear smells horrible. Cleaned it the best I could till tomorrow. If it smells is the infection to the point where he needs to go to the vet or should I try a home remedy?
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Swampman
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I use half alcohol and half vinegar monthly. Seems to do good.


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