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Ear infections - common?

Has anybody experienced problems with their Golden’s ears or with hot spots? My dad says every Golden he has ever known or owned has had terrible ear infections and he is therefore hesitant to get another Golden despite otherwise loving the breed. I say that I think getting a Golden from a reputable breeder and feeding a good quality food would help prevent the issue since I think Goldens are also prone to allergies? As well as possibly preventative cleanings? How common are ear problems?
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I can only give my limited experience with the three Golden’s we’ve had. Our first was from a backyard breeder and was definitely not well bred. She was a sweetheart with a great personality but she had several ear infections, hot spots and allergies. She lived to age 14. Our second was a stray, about a year old, that my daughter found. She was purebred and very sweet but we obviously couldn’t know if she was well bred or not. We had no problems with ear infections, hot spots or allergies. She lived to age 12. Our current golden is 6 years old and we have no problems with ear infections, hot spots or allergies. She is from a hobby breeder and probably wouldn’t be considered to be particularly well bred but again is very sweet. Other than our first golden, their coats have been easy to care for and maintain.
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It's a crapshoot. There are no guarantees with ears. Generally if the dog isn't swimming and you are willing to clean ears out a couple times a month you should be ok. It's a risk that I'm willing to take because I love all the good things about Goldens


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I have had 3 Goldens
First one from a humane society never had a hot spots, no ear infections. Second one from a fairly decent breeder no hot spots maybe 5-6 ear infections in her 12 years. Rukie from a very good breeder almost 20 months old no hot spots one possible ear infection but I think it was an allergy to some treats. All three were swimmers in the summer. I do use a good ear cleaner after swimming and before baths.


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I have had 3 Goldens
First one from a humane society never had a hot spots, no ear infections. Second one from a fairly decent breeder no hot spots maybe 5-6 ear infections in her 12 years. Rukie from a very good breeder almost 20 months old no hot spots one possible ear infection but I think it was an allergy to some treats. All three were swimmers in the summer. I do use a good ear cleaner after swimming and before baths.
Cwag is it better to use an ear cleaner before baths rather than after? I never even thought about it. Just assumed after was the way to do it. Thanks!
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I use to do it after the bath. Honestly, I can't remember why I changed. Maybe I read it on the forum somewhere. Anyone else know which is better?


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My anecdotal experience: 6 year old golden had multiple ear infections we've attributed to seasonal allergies. Now has one or less per year and swims probably 50+ days a year in a large River. He's an avid hunter.

3 year old golden from an excellent breeder has never had one( I don't regularly clean her ears but my other dog does)

6 month old from my breeding hasnt had a hint of an ear infection but she's young so fingers crossed she takes after mom there too.

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Ear infections are not common, at least in my experience if you have a regular weekly ear cleaning routine.

My first Golden lived to be 15.5, had one hot spot in his lifetime, no ear infections.

My second Golden did not have any ear infections or any hot spots, she lived to be 11.

My current boy who is almost 10, has not had a hot spot but when I adopted him, he was dealing with ear infections off and on. I adopted him from my County shelter, he had been turned in as a stray and had been on his own for awhile-he was 15-20 lbs. underweight.

I got his ear infections cleared up, I use a combination of equal parts of water, alcohol, and white vinegar mixed together. I soak a cotton ball with it, place the cotton ball in each ear and rub the base of the ear. Then I put a dab of the Healthy Ear Recipe in each ear and rub the base of it-I do this on a weekly basis.

I also make sure after he's been swimming or has a bath, that his ears are dry, I clean them, then put a dab of the Healthy Ear Recipe in each ear.

I've seen it recommended when you give your dog a bath to put a cotton ball with nothing on it in each ear to prevent water getting in the ears and to keep them dry.

Here's the Healthy Ear Recipe-

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Healthy Ear Recipe (from Arcane)

1 tube Monistat (generic is fine)
1 tube Polysporin (use the real deal - it's inexpensive)
1 tube Cortaid (generic works here as well)

Use tubes of similar size. Mix all three together in a container that can
be closed well. It takes a bit to incorporate because the Polysporin is a
bit like Vaseline. Once incorporated, it stays mixed.

If ears are gunky, inflamed or smell bad, start with using a pea sized
dollop twice a day. Use your finger to gently push it into the ear. Rub.
Dogs will only shake their heads once or twice! It's a creamy, very
soothing mixture. Once you have the ears under control, lessen how often
you use it till you're only using it once a week. Once a week keeps ears
from getting bad again.

My doctor (human) is the one that came up with this as her dogs were having ear issues that weren't really under control from the things her vet was prescribing! Anyone that I know that has gone to using it has had
remarkable results and the dogs are much happier and SAFER than using
anything with alcohol in it. I was told by my vet that alcohol just dries
the ear out - which includes drying out the ear drum AND that if there is
even the tiniest of perforations in that ear drum, it can let alcohol down
into the middle ear where it can do permanent damage. That's why this cream is SOOOOO good! There's nothing "liquid" about it. It goes in and melts it's way down to where it's needed. No alcohol to cause drying or damage and it will take care of anything yeast, bacterial etc...
You'll need to get the ear infection cleared up before using this Healthy Ear recipe. Once it's cleared up, this can be used as weekly maintenance.
There are all kinds of ear cleaners on the market, if you want to use a mixture that is all natural and less expensive, the water, white vinegar and alcohol mixture works really well. You can buy the items at Walmart or any drug store along with the items for the Healthy Ear Recipe.
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Any floppy ear dog can be prone to ear infections. I've owned spaniels, beagles, labs and goldens and (knock on wood) never had problem with hot spots or ear infections. But I work at it... After every dip in the pool, I wash out the ears. I bathe several times a month and (until recently) used Earthborn tea tree oil/aloe shampoo. It's not much work actually, just part of owning a floppy ear pup.
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Blondie had ear infection. I learn quickly how to treat the ear infection. I would dry ears out after a swim and would clean her ears regular to help prevent the infections.

Her infection were seasonal every spring and fall. Later in life between age 9 and 13 she got less infections, 2 to 5 it felt like every other week I was fighting an infection. Blondie live for 13 1/2 years.

Very few hot spots.
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