lab with ear infection treating with polysporin ear drops.
Posted 23 September 2011 - 05:20 AM
Posted 23 September 2011 - 09:14 AM
When labs get ear infections, it's usually a yeast infection. You can normally see brown/black deposits in the ears and it has a particular odor to the ear. Humans don't get these kinds of infections so human ear medicine is normally ineffective in dogs ears.
Treatment of yeast infections in dogs normally requires the use of an ear wash to clear out the debris and make the ear and ear canal inhospitable to yeast bacteria. Then an anti microbial ointment is used to kill the yeast. Normally the treatment is clean the ear and apply ointment twice a day. Epi-Otic is commonly prescribed as an ear wash and Gentizol as a ointment. Depending on the severity of the infection it can take anywhere from 3 to 10 days to clear up a yeast infection in a dogs ears.
The reason labs get yeast infections in the first place is when water gets in their ears they can shake most of it out, but some is always left behind. Since their ear flaps cover the ear canal it's warm and moist in there, which is a perfect breeding ground for all kinds of microbes. So it is best to dry their ears the best you can after a bath or any swimming.
Our chocolate lab Sammy is prone to these kinds of infections as inside the ear (but outside of the ear canal) several of the folds of the ear flap overlap one another creating two "tunnels". Even though I dry out these areas with cotton swabs this is where the yeast starts in his ears. So I have found out that if after drying his ears out I tape both of the ends of the ears together on top of his head for a few hours. This lets air get inside the ear. Since I have been doing this he hasn't had any more problems.
Sometimes with severe infections a vet will also prescribe an anti-biotic to use along with topical medications. Ear infections are nothing to play around with. They need proper treatment.
Posted 24 September 2011 - 06:14 AM
Posted 27 September 2011 - 04:24 AM
Posted 27 September 2011 - 04:23 PM
I wouldn't try treating it with medicine unless I was sure of what the infection was first. Yeast infections will have a bad odor and often there will be sores and legions from scratching. One thing that is helpful with the battle is feeding a wheat free food. Wheat/gluten is a leading cause of yeast infections in both humans and animals. I have celiac's disease so I know what I'm talking about. Acidophillus is helpful too. It will help control and cure. You can buy it for dogs. I just give mine one of my pills. They think it's a treat because I keep them in the fridge.
This was just a suggestion. I would try to see a vet to make sure of what you are dealing with. If this is your first time dealing with ear infections I would really suggest seeing a vet. Maybe you could just call and they could have you pick something up from a description, I do that a lot. I only have mine seen if I don't know what I'm dealing with. Hope this helps and good luck to you.
Posted 30 September 2011 - 03:33 AM
Posted 30 September 2011 - 02:19 PM
I don't want to be harsh, but sometimes I have to be.
It's time to stop playing around with the home made remedies and take that dog to a vet for treatment! Your dog is miserable even though it may not show. It now sounds like your dog will now need to be put on antibiotics as well as ear medication. If you don't treat ear infections properly they may become chronic, meaning that you will always be fighting this and only get limited relief.
Now get moving!
Posted 01 October 2011 - 01:10 AM
Posted 02 October 2011 - 04:12 AM
Posted 02 October 2011 - 01:23 PM
I have 50 years in the dog business and I have seen it all. Some people just want to "wait and see what will happen" when their dog has an illness. Or they try to treat it themselves to save money on a vet visit.
I am glad to see that your dog is getting better though.
Posted 03 October 2011 - 02:51 AM
Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:01 PM
Posted 04 October 2011 - 05:28 AM
Posted 07 November 2011 - 02:54 AM
also found a small lump and it tested non melignent but was removed as a precaution. so went in for the ear problem walked out with a lanced tumor or lump and nose medication.
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