Cleaning Ears and Treating Ear Infections
Own a Labrador or any drop
eared dog long enough and someday you'll notice a foul smelling
odor coming from the ears. Dogs with drop ears are notorious
for developing ear infections. Ear infections can make dogs
and their owners miserable.
It's probably the number one
complaint of dog owners with their veterinarian. The dogs
itch, and scratch their ears until they start bleed. Hematomas
can develop because of the shaking of the dog's head and the
intense itching and scratching.
Because the drop ear hangs
down and doesn't allow air to flow through the ear, they are
subject to ear problems since a moist, dark and hot ear is
an ideal growth medium for bacterial or yeast infections.
Because of this problem, it is important to keep your dog's
Owners of floppy-eared dogs
should regularly check the ears for a build-up or an odor
inside the ear, particularly if the dog scratches the general
are of the ear a lot, shakes its head often holds the head
crooked or rubs its head. If your dog has these symptoms,
you are probably looking at an ear infection.
Ear infections can be dangerous
if they're ignored. The eardrum can perforate or the infection
could travel to the brain since it is so close to the ear
canal. Always have your vet check the ear the first time you
notice a smell, a buildup inside or any of the previous symptoms.
Your vet can determine if you're dealing with excess wax,
yeast or ear mites.
This is the best solution
I have used when it comes to gucky ears. It was given
to me years ago by a veterinarian. This is not my recipe.
As stated, it was given to me years and years ago by a vet.
I put it up on my website for information only.
16 oz. bottle isopropyl alcohol
(or witch hazel)
4 tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
16 drops Gentian Violet 1% Solution
Mix all ingredients in the alcohol
bottle & shake. (make sure you shake before every application).
Treatment: Fill ear with solution
& massage gently for 30 seconds and wipe with a tissue.
Fill a second time and just wipe without massaging. The dog
will shake the excess out. Be careful, the Gentian Violet
could stain. I use a eye dropper to fill the ear.
2 times per day for the first 2 weeks
1 time per day for the next 2 weeks
1 time per month thereafter
If you are concerned about the alcohol burning the inside
of the ear (it could if the dog has been scratching its ear),
then you can substitute the alcohol with witch hazel.
All ingredients are available
at a pharmacy. The Boric Acid is usually in the First Aid
section where you find the alcohol. The Gentian Violet
will be the hardest to find and may need to be special
You can buy the potion already
Even despite the alcohol, dogs
don't object to even the first treatment. The Boric Acid soothes
the ear & the Gentian Violet is an anti-infection agent.
This solution is also effective for the treatment of fungus
type infections on the dog including hot spots.
Avoid getting in eyes.
This recipe or ones similar
to it have been circulating on the Internet for years.
This is the one that was given to me long before the Internet
was around, which is why I have it on my site.
This recipe is only intended
to be used as indicated above, site owners nor Woodhaven Labradors
and/or their agents will be not responsible for any injuries
resulting in the use of this recipe, use with your own discretion
and at your own risk.
The frequency of the ear cleaning
depends on how often your dog goes swimming and the temperature;
you'll need to do it more often if you live in hot and humid
climates or during the summer.
When cleaning your dog's ears,
remember to never insert anything into your dog's ear canal…
NO Q-TIPS. If you notice something in the ear, please let your
vet take a look at it instead of trying to do something yourself.
If, despite following the above
routine regularly, your dog still gets ear infections, it may
be due to a food allergy/sensitivity. If you believe this to
be the case, you may want to have allergy tests done to try
and determine which food products your dog can tolerate. Usually
if you change to a different protein source, the ears clear
up. It can take many weeks for a food allergy to resolve, so
Sometimes, just changing the
dog's body pH is enough to end the cycle of ear infections.
Usually yeast will become a problem if your dog's system is
too alkaline. You can check this with pH strips in your dog's
urine. If it is too alkaline, you can add acidity to your dog's
system by adding a tablespoon of WHITE Vinegar to its
food or water per day. stores. Apple Cider Vinegar
is alkaline, so you want to use regular white vinegar.
You can read more about yeast overgrowth at the following links:
Know however, that some dogs
just produce more wax than others and it might have nothing
to do with food.
I must warn you all, if your
dog isn't having problems with its ears DO NOT USE ANYTHING
IN THEM. If you do you could upset the pH balance and actually
cause ear problems. If its not broke don't fix it! Just wipe
these ears with a clean/dry cotton ball weekly and count yourselves
among the lucky ones.
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