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I swear I just have a new question every day. I don't know what I would do without this forum!! I have had a golden before, but this is the first dog that is actually MINE and that me and my husband are fully responsible for all aspects of his life and not my parents so I have a lot of questions! Not to mention that times have changed and this dog is like my child and I want to take the BEST care of him and not just have him be a family dog thats just there at my house.. Leo is actually my companion and we do everything together.

Anyways.. so before I start I already have a vet appointment for him Saturday morning (I drive an hour to my vet so weekends are the best times for me). I have always been very on top of Leos grooming. I regularly bathe him, clip his nails and clean his ears. However, his ears are really gross. Red wax has been coming out of his ears and A LOT of it and it smells so bad. I clean them at least once a week and they are always FILTHY. up until now it has just been the wax but this past week his ears have been very red, irritated and itchy to the point where he has given himself a little cut. I thought it was normal the ear wax since my parents said my old dogs ear were always like this but doing some research and that their new dog's ears are always so clean i dont think its normal.

How can this happen if I take such good care of his hygiene? What can I do to prevent this once treatment has been done by the vet? Does anybody else experience this? I have read that the floppy ears can contribute this and leo HATES the blowdryer in his face when I bathe him so I usually let his head air dry im suspecting that humidity is causing it. Any advice???
 

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Good you're taking your boy the Vet, once the ear infection is cleared up, you may to try the Healthy Ear Recipe.

I clean my boy's ears weekly, after a bath or swimming. I use a mixture of equal parts water, white vinegar and alcohol. I soak a cotton ball with the solution then put it in each ear and rub the base of the ear for a few minutes. Than I put a dab of the Healthy ear recipe in each ear and rub the base of each ear again.


Here's the Healthy Ear Recipe-


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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Yeah the most important time to clean is AFTER a bath or swimming. The majority of ear infections (that aren't a discharge from allergies) is from water being trapped in the ear. The dogs ear canal is bent an awkward way and water is trapped like soda in a straw you put your finger over one end. You must clean after a bath and swimming. You can also use a drying cream that once it's in the ear it dry everything up and just becomes a powder the dog shakes out.
 

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Amber has had a few ear issues since we got her and check her constantly now because of this. As the ear is red I agree that it's an infection. There is the more common yeast infection and the harder to handle rod infection. Amber has had both. She doesn't like the treatment but we have to do it. The rod infection was in both ears and it too a month of antibiotics to take care of it. It was bad enough that we had the vet do the applications since she wouldn't let us near her.
 

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The ear infections are either bacterial or fungal and I believe the most common type is fungal (yeast). There is a very good over the counter one that's supposed to do both, Zymox 5% but it is pricy at $25, but less so then a trip to the vet. It works almost all the time but If it doesn't clear it in 7 days, I'd then certainly go to the vets office. This is of course that it is an ear infection and not discharge from an allergy (usually consistent reoccurrence indicated this).
 

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Update: Thank you all for the suggestions and help! Turns out Leo had a Yeast infection. Vet treated the ear with medication and gave us some otic cleaning solution to start in 30 days. Vet suspects its due to a food allergy since he had a little rash or abrasion on his mouth so we are switching over grom Purina Pro Plan Chicken to the Salmon Sensitive Skin and Stomach formula. Again, thank you so much for the help!!
 

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Ear woes

I give my girl organic plain yogurt two times a week with her food. Just a tablespoon. She too has had ear troubles. I am now using the Apple cider vinegar mix and it seems to be working. I also keep the hair around her ears trimmed. She’s a great girl for standing still for me as I started when she was just a puppy.
 
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