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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-31-2003, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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Preventing and Treating Ear Infections

By: Dr. Dawn Ruben

As many dog owners know, some dogs are prone to ear infections. With the first head shake, they are at the vet's office and their pet is on medication, again. Is there some way to prevent these ear infections from developing in the first place? For some dogs, yes. For others, chronic ear infections may continue until drastic action such as surgery is done.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 10:33 AM
 
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Great Article - here is a free Ear cleaner recipe to prevent ear infections

This was a "Q and A" from Pet Nurse Marie's all Experts site:in regards to ear troubles in a coder spaniel..Here is a great solution for the ear situation:At the bottom of the page I will suggest an oil to add into her food...
Spaniel Ear Cleaner Recipe__________________________Ingredients:

White vinegarPowdered boric acidIsopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)Betadine antiseptic (or generic equivalent)Directions for mixing the solution togetherour 6 ounces of isopropyl alcohol in to a plastic applicator bottle.Add 1/2 tablespoon of boric acid powder. Be careful not to get any boric acidon your skin or clothes. If you do, wash it off immediately.Add 2 ounces of white vinegar.Shake the solution extremely well, until the boric acid powder is fully dissolved.Once the powder is dissolved, add one teaspoon of the Betadine antiseptic, and shake it up some more.
Be careful not to get any Betadine on your skin or clothes. If you do, wash it off immediately.Squirt the solution inside your dog's ear until the ear canal is completely full.Massage the outside of the ear to help slosh the cleaning solution around inside.Hold the dog still for about a minute. If you get any of the ear cleaning solution on your skin, wash it off as soon as possible.Be sure to shake the solution up really well before each and every time you use it.The boric acid has a tendency to settle at the bottom of the bottle.
Store at room temperature.Use the cleaning solution daily until you start to see some improvement.Gradually cut back to once per week when you are happy with the condition of the ear.When the ear seems completely free of infection, you can go two weeks between treatments.

Warning: Do not use this ear cleaning solution on dogs with ruptured ear drums, or on dogs with open sores or wounds in the ear area.An ear exam by a veterinarian is recommended prior to beginning treatment with this ear cleaning solution.This recipe came to you from Jim & Kellyn Zimmerlinwww.zimfamilycockers.com

Next, Get a good Salmon Oil to add to her food 1 x per day ( 1 teaspoon) http://www.yummychummies.com

Try to get a pure oil ( pure Alaska salmon)

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Try NuVET Plus wafer treats. This is the best skin and coat supplement in the USA - All Natural and safe.Call Joan and Ask her about our 90 day trial Guarantee... If we can't help your little girl, NuVET will refund your purchased price.1-800-474-7044 ( EXT 265) - Tell her Marie from Cozy Country Dog Ranch sent you... code 81098 ... Yum Yum good , too!!!
NuVET will help your dog to maintain a STRONG immune System...http://www.apluspetcare.com/untitled4.html

I hope you are feeding a food that is grain free or at least doesn't have corn or corn meal. Corn is known to cause ear infections and allergic problems such as itching and dry skin.
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I second the NuVet and the grain free diet.
I swear I have seen this stuff perform miracles!
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I second the NuVet and the grain free diet.
I swear I have seen this stuff perform miracles!
Is that really, that's very interesting!

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I used Zymox for my Samson. He had chronic ear problems and would freak out anytime he would see me coming with some solution and tissues. It got to the point I could not have anything white in my hands including socks....

The vet suggested this http://www.amazon.com/Zymox-Pet-Trea.../dp/B0025YOJXS for an alternative to having to clean out his ears and prevent me from having to tackle the dog. This stuff works on it's own and saved us the stress.


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Try NuVET Plus wafer treats. This is the best skin and coat supplement in the USA -

This quote is from a rep from the company...which I find kind of funny!

Anyway, the bottom line is this: High carbohydrates (grains) in a dog's diet can cause gunky ears. Dogs bodies don't require high amounts of carbs so they are converted by their bodies into sugar, which is yeast's favorite food. So, the yeast goes crazy! You can't resolve chronic ear problems by simply washing out the gunk but need to attack the issues surrounding the high carbs in the diet FIRST!
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for what it is worth my cat, fluffy, used to get ear infections all the time.

I have been able to prevent them for the most part with davis earmed. I have purchased it online many times.

just my 2 cents.

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