|My 15 year old Shaggy used to get quite a few ear infections in her younger days...seems most dogs that have floppy ears do.
Although I'm not sure I'm going to help you - this may work. Ear infections are usually caused by yeast.
Yeast in the body is a good thing but an overabundance of it causes things like ear infections. A dose of antibiotics usually (for some reason) causes yeast infections to occur as ironically it causes the production of an overabundance of it to produce in the body.
To naturally cure yeast infections you may want to add natural yogurt to your dogs diet which brings the yeast under control again. Can't hurt to try it.
PS I was going to say it's a catch 22 situation..dog get infection, dog gets antibiotics, dog gets yeast infection(ear), another round of antibiotics...and it goes on and on.
My little boy was on antibiotics for the first year of his life for a condition he was born with (now completely cured.) He also had numerous ear infections due to yeast. I guess in a nutshell what happens is while yeast exist in our bodies there is two distinct types the good and the bad. The antibiotics can't differentiate and kills off both , but the good yeast is less resistant to the antiobiotics while the bad is more resistant. Without both good and bad which keeps the natural balance in our bodies , the bad flourishes and causes yeast infections. I am sure there is a lot of medical lingo that explains this but simply put that's how I can explain it.
Again good luck to you regarding using yogurt or you may want to explore other natural ways to cure yeast, which I'm pretty sure is causing your doggies ear infections.
|I recently adopted a one year old male OES who had two horribly infected ears. Luckily for me I found a wonderful 100% natural product called Ear Relief Wash and Dry. It contains only Clove Oil, Aloe Vera, Chamomille, tea tree oil, and echinacea. The company that makes it is Vetrenarian's Best. and there is a toll free number for them 1-800-866-pets. THis product cleaned up Falcore's ears in about two weeks. I found it at the local Petco store, but you may have to phone the company to find it in your area.
I hope this helps, and good luck--ear infections can be a real bugger to get under controll.
|Yeast is a fungus. Bacterial infections are killed off with antibiotics. After a round of antibiotics your body's natural flora of bacteria and fungus are thrown out of balance. Most of the bacteria is killed off and the fungus or yeast has a field day!
Curing yeast infections is tricky, because you need some of them to survive to help you with digestion and pH balance. The natural way to limit yeast infections is through pH balanceand lycopenes by drinking Cranberry juice, taking vitamin C pills and such. This reduceds the effectiveness of antibiotics though.
Cleaning the dog's ears out, plucking out the inner ear hair, and applying a drying agent will reduce ear infections, odor problems and prevent them from occuriing.
If you use the ear wash mentioned previously please watch out for a reaction. Tea tree oil is a wonderful numbing agent and helps things heal, but some people and animals are very allergic to it. If the ears start turning redder and hotter than normal an allergy may be the problem. Just quit using that solution and clean the ear with a solution of half hydrogen peroxide and half alcohol. Administer on a cotton ball for a minute, then stuff dry cotton balls in to soak up any excess. Do not allow any fluid to remain. Massaging the bottom of the ear while the wet ball is in there will not only distract and calm your dog, but help break up ear wax and debris. Don't worry if the dog shakes his ears some afterwards, this is good. Just go back and make sure you do not need to wipe out anything more with some more dry cotton balls. Always remove all cotton balls.
Place cotton balls with a little mineral oil on them in the ears before giving your dog a bath and always make sure the dog's ears are dry afterwards. Again, remember to remove these cotton balls.
Wiping out ear wax always helps, even without any solutions. Do not use a Q-tip on anything other than the wrinkles of the ears that you can SEE. Use Cotton balls otherwise.
Ear mites and ear wax are the more common ear problems. Excessive ear wax and licking paws can mean your dog has an allergy to something, but finding out what can be very time consuming. Until you do, keep his ears clean and try rubbing a bit of vitamin E oil or olive oil on his pads. Vaseline may work, but could also cause loose stools and the dog slipping all over the place.
Abbi has the same problems. I have to do her ears every week. I use a ear drying powder to pull out the inner hair as it gives you a better grip. The medicated kind kills fungus also.
I have switched her food around and found I could not completely get her allergy free. Vet thinks it is a contact allergy that could be anything from a floor cleaner, an insecticide (for ants or such), or toads, grups, or something in the dirt (she digs a lot). I will keep trying to track it down, but in the mean time treating the symptoms seems the way to go.
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT CHARLIE. I HOPE I CAN HELP, I AM A DOG
GROOMER IN THE UNITED STATED. I ALSO HAVE TWO FLOPPY EAR
CORN AND WHEAT ARE THE TWO LEADING CAUSES OF ALLERGIES IN DOGS. CHECK YOUR DOG FOOD TO SEE IF IT CONTAINS THESE TWO.
IF SO PLEASE CHANGE YOUR FOOD. TRY A GOOD HOLISTIC BRAND.
ALSO ASK YOU VET IF YOU CAN GIVE YOUR SHAGGY AN OVER THE COUNTER ANTIHISTIMINE TO STOP THE ICHING AND LICKING OF HIS
PAWS. BE SURE TO ASK YOU VET!!!!! HE WILL TELL YOU THE DOSAGE.
GOOD LUCK LISA
|Thanks for your response, Lisa, but that post was from almost 2 1/2 years ago! I hope Christine has resolved this problem! LOL
|My Boxer had the same problem and it turned out that she had allergies, not an ear infection. Her allergies came out in her ears and her paws. After going through this for almost 2 years, I finally had her tested (blood and skin sample sent to Arizona) and found out that she is allergice to at least 30 things (chicken, turkey, cotton, corn, peas, soy, etc.) Once I removed these from her diet, her ear and paw problems went away. Just a thought!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|I realize the post I was looking at is very old. But I also think new people will read old posts to find new answers .
On the topic of yeast infections in dog ears....PLease please do not put yogurt in your dogs ears!! Yes you can try adding it to the diet, but I just read on two other sites where some "animal health " aid workers were suggesting to do this.
Please do not. I won't go into the treatment details , as some others have given terrific advice already here. As a Vet Tech, I can tell you that adding things like yogurt and Oil of Oregano cause great problems for the Vet , when you eventually have to see him.
I just wanted to pass this along, as I am so suprised the other board I was on really liked this idea !!
great board !
|Its Sept 25, 2012. I just read all the posts regarding sheepdog ear problems. And thanks Lisa for posting. Even though these posts are years old I still came across it and they are very helpful. I have two OES one male and one female, adopted them last year. They both grew up together. They both have a lot of itching and tend to bite and pull their hair. No fleas at all. I keep them on Frontline Plus. The male has had ear problems. I keep cleaning them with cleaner I got from the vet. I was feeding them Castor & Pollux Organix but just switched the last two weeks to a Hollistic grain free food. Not sure if they have allergies but will try to figure it out. Always like detective work trying to figure things out as the Vet only guess and it not sure. That is the reason I really like these posts no matter how old. Others with similar problems can really help.|
Thanks for the posts......
|Another item that can be used is white vinegar. It is a natural dewaxer and cleans the ear. However, the ears smell kinda like pickels for a while. Any alchohol can sting if there is a sore in the ear. Another product you can get from the vet is neopredif powder. It is antibiotic and it is GREAT in the ears. It keeps them dry and it also stops itching. Good general product I keep on hand for even little irritations.|
|I can't tell you how many OES I have groomed over the years ranging from neglected rescue dogs to my own show dogs. Although not a preferred ingredient for ear cleansing, blue power ear treatment will be the most effective treatment you will ever use. After seeing amazing results on a clients OES ears I began to use it across the board on all breeds in my salon. If a dog has chronic ear issues and you get in the cycle of going to vet ,give two week dose of antibiotic, ointment, recheck with vet ....looks pretty good and a few weeks later it emerges again you have to look for the CAUSE. You will find blue power ear treatment online . Downside is ingredients were readily available at pharmacy now they may need to be ordered. Witch hazel may be used instead of alcohol. Part two of the problem is what others touched on ..food (cause) Let's assume most of these ear problems are caused by yeast( cause many are). Very few foods are acceptable for dogs with a yeast imbalance. Most dry foods either stick together with grains or potatoes. Read the labels I love grain free foods, but guess what.. They most likely have potatoes. Carbs break down into sugar and suar FEEDS yeast. If your vet gives you anti fungal meds and shampoos , I'm guessing they think it is yeast. They never go to the next step and stop feeding the yeast. I have many many dogs that have cost their owners hundreds of dollars over and over that are clear of this after using the purple stuff on them. Please if you use it post your results|
|After researching and posting here I had come to the conclusion my 2 OES have yeast allergies. One is female 8 and the other is male 11. The older is very large and weighs 120 lbs. I adopted them in 2011. They have always lived together. The older one had ear problems when we got him and he has nose problems too. Such as trying to sneeze and clear something out. No other health issues with them. I have been trying for so many months to stop this yeast problem. I was buying Castor Pollux Organix but it has yeast in it. I checked everywhere and came up with Rachael Ray Just 6 which does not have yeast or corn, or potatoes. But it does use rice as a filler. The itching has eased a lot for both of them. But the male still has major ear issues. I have been wiping clean his ears with Virbac Ear-Optic cleaner. But he still shakes his head and his ears are very odorous. Yesterday they had greenish discharge on the ear flaps so I cleaned them and put the ointment from the vet I got when we first got him. I know this is so much to write so I will get to the point. How can I stop this yeast allergy? The ear problem has not subsided. I don't know what to feed them anymore. They are so sad, they really like their snacks and I don't know what to give them. I give them some ham or turkey or chicken lunch meat. We are vegans so we don't ever have meat leftovers for them. Very confused and concerned.|
|My airedale gets combination bacterial/yeast infections in his left ear occasionally and the best thing for it is Mometamax. That stuff rocks. Within a few days to a week, the infection will be all cleared up.|
I know this thread is old, but if anybody else stumbles on it, this may help them.
|Try some Zymox. You will have to get it form your vet most likely. a couple of drops in each ear once a day for 2 weeks & you should see improvement. As soon as I notice even the smallest issue with the ears, I use this & it generally clears it up within 2-3 days.|
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