Join Date: May 2009
Location: in the country...
I agree. I don't think that ingesting the drops is a good idea. But, if the drops are administered a long while before your other dog licks, then maybe he's not getting it on his tongue.
I used to have this issue with one of my dogs. Chronic ear infections aren't good and can even affect hearing over time. So, figuring out the bottom line reason and preventing the problem is a better solution.
What I found is that the higher the grain content in the dog food, the more likely the ear infections. I did not realize that the grain or carbohydrates in the food actually turn to sugars in your dog's system and this, in turn, feeds the yeast in his system and it becomes out of control. I have done a ton of research on this because of my one dog.
I found that when I fed a high meat dog food, it really helped. And then I started adding a product called Carnoyum. It's all natural and I add it to his food. I am using Nutro right now but have used other foods with the main ingredients of meat with the same good results. I add 3 tablespoons of the carnoyum to his food every day cuz he weighs 30 lbs. and just recently started him on a an omega fatty acid supplement called Supromega and it has transformed his ears and actually, his skin and coat too.
I really think that I have solved a problem that could have been a life long issue. My "college" dog had this same problem and ended up at the vet many times and eventually had the surgery. But, I didn't understand nutrition at all and I know that I bought his food based on price...so he was probably on an all corn and grain diet. No wonder the poor guy had ear problems.
I think the bitters sprayed on the ears is a good idea but tea tree oil can cause health problems if a lot is ingested too.