Posted 03 November 2008 - 10:46 PM
I am a first time mom of a lab (not of dogs) and I just want to know if anyone else has had this problem. I am calling the vet tomorrow morning to see if I can take him in. This is our first problem with him being "sick". Other than this is, he is your normal, hyper, happy lab!!
Posted 04 November 2008 - 11:13 PM
We always dry out our dogs ears with 100% cotton balls or soft tissues. Since we have been doing that after a bath or swimming we haven't seen any more ear infections.
Posted 05 November 2008 - 05:35 PM
Posted 10 November 2008 - 01:37 PM
These yeast infections develop rather rapidly. I am glad you were able to jump on it right away. Ear infections sometimes can be a bear to get rid of.
Posted 19 December 2008 - 08:15 PM
Posted 23 January 2009 - 10:04 PM
Blue Powder Ear Treatment
16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol (60 percent)
4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%
Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.
To use, purchase the "Clairol" type plastic bottle or a small baby ear syringe bottle to dispense solution to affected ears.
TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.
Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
Shake the bottle each time before using.
Put cotton balls or similar absorbent material under their ear.
Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60,
wipe with a tissue.
Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue,and leave alone without massage.
The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc
as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.
Posted 07 February 2011 - 07:03 PM
Posted 08 February 2011 - 05:01 AM
True, some dogs can have ear infections from allergies, but I most often see yeast infections. Much more common. Because our labs have flappy ears, air can't get in there to circulate properly and that's what contributes to these infections.
Also, the shape of the ear canal can tend to foster more infections that others. Our Black Lab Buddy has this strange little canal in it that's kind of buried under a skin fold. You have to bend it forward slightly to get in there to dry the area out. If he does get an infection, that's the first place it starts.
Posted 26 June 2015 - 01:04 PM
Since this thread was originally started I have researched the subject and learned quite a bit.
As stated in a thread above, ear infections can be an indication of an allergy to something else. Two of our labs kept coming down with these infections and just as soon as you would clear them up, they'd start up again. Our vet would tell us over and over again it was moisture in the ears that is the cause. But why weren't our other two dogs coming down with it.
So we went to an allergist and we tried different foods on the two affected dogs and was able to determine that both of them had an allergy to corn in their food. We switched to a grain free dog food and the allergies went away, never to return again. And the two dogs that have this allergy are from two separate liters and not even closely related. It's just a common allergy in labs.
This may be something you might want to look into if you have a lab with a lot of ear infections.
Posted 08 July 2015 - 05:27 PM
I discussed this ear problem with our vet and she warned that if your dog has a ear infection such as yeast and is left untreated the existing infection can develop into a staph or strep infection. That's when it really becomes a problem for a dog. And if that is left untreated the infection may leave the ear canal and infect the inside of the dogs skull. So promptly treating ear infections and having a preventative plan sounds like the way to go.
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