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Old 12-02-2011, 02:04 PM
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Hello Everyone,

It has been quite awhile since I've been here. Sadie will be 1 year on Dec. 25 and we couldn't have picked an more amazing dog.

The only problem we have had with her is that she gets ear infections quite frequently. I clean her ears all the time but if I even go a few days without doing it the get quite gross. My vet has had me putting Surolan in her ears and that clears it up but then a few weeks later we have the same problem.

Does anyone else have this problem? How often should I be cleaning her ears? Any advise?

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Old 12-02-2011, 02:55 PM
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Are you trimming the fur in, on. and around her ears to increase airflow?
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We went through this during Maggie's first year, turned out to be a sensitivity to corn. Took her off all corn and ear infections stopped.
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No I haven't been trimming the hair around or in the ears. It only gets down when I take her to get groomed. So should I take the long hair around the ears right down?
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What are you feeding her?
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She is on Nutro Max puppy but we are about to start transitioning her to the adult food
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Like LibertyME suggested, try to trim the inner ear fur to cool things down inside the ear flap. Ask your veterinarian to show you how to do it. It works!

How are you cleaning the ear? Are you doing a flush? That means squirting some of the cleaning fluid in the ear canal, squishing it around by closing the ear flap and rubbing the ears, then using cotton balls (not Q tips) to sop up the wet stuff and dry out the ear. I asked my vet to show me how to do this with our problematic ear dog--turns out I was being too mild doing the cleaning.

If it's not the diet, if it's not the environmental pollens, then it may be your vet will suggest a deep ear cleaning under sedation.
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We have alot of experience in this -

If you can get the ears clean and dry with baby wipes or a good ear wash - then the KEY! ingredient is the R7 powder - it works great just make sure the ear is dry first.

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Thank you everyone. First thing I did was trim in and around her ears so here's hoping that works. I am going to look for the R7 powder when I am at the pet store later this week.
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And other than allergies to who knows what, it can be a sign of an underactive thyroid. My dogs don't get ear infections and the only ear cleaning I use is a tissue. I believe that if it is not broken, don't fix it. My theory is if you use a wash as "routine" cleaning, then you clean out the bad as well as the bugs that keep that bad bugs at bay. It works in this household.
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