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Post by Bailey Carter on Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:23 pm

Hi Milt,

we had the wet ear problem in Novi... (Bailey-yellow lab) she is having that problem again and want to get a handle on
it before we do any jumping...

can you tell me again the product that you said to get?? it was from Petco...
I looked there and they moistly had earwashs..
I did find something at Petsmart... but not sure i found the right stuff??

thank you
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Post by team sky on Mon Mar 08, 2010 6:35 pm

Hi Laurie,

My young yellow lab has problems with her ears as well. We tried multiple things from the vet and ended up spending bunches of money to get her ears back in shape. Long story short, I am a Med Tech and know what I am looking at in a microscope, so I did a swab and went in to see my vet for an antifungal/antibiotic (Star needed both). While there the vet recommended a homepathic remedy that she uses, and you can make yourself. I'll have to look up the recipe but it works, and has cleared Star every time since.
If you are going to be in Grand Rapids, let me know and I will bring you a small bottle to try and the recipe to make it. The only problem is you have top buy quit a bot to make the recipe and but it lasts for a long time.

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Post by Jumpin' Duracell on Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:47 pm

Wow Brian Sr. I didn't know that you were a Med Tech... That is very cool! I am a Med Tech as well... it is always kinda neat to learn other things that we all have in common along with the love of our dogs and dock jumping, and upland hunting, etc.! If you find that recipe I would be interested in it as well... I have a dog in law that has a lot of trouble with wet ears in the summer time.
Thanks!
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Post by flyinlab on Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:56 pm

team sky wrote:Hi Laurie,

My young yellow lab has problems with her ears as well. We tried multiple things from the vet and ended up spending bunches of money to get her ears back in shape. Long story short, I am a Med Tech and know what I am looking at in a microscope, so I did a swab and went in to see my vet for an antifungal/antibiotic (Star needed both). While there the vet recommended a homepathic remedy that she uses, and you can make yourself. I'll have to look up the recipe but it works, and has cleared Star every time since.
If you are going to be in Grand Rapids, let me know and I will bring you a small bottle to try and the recipe to make it. The only problem is you have top buy quit a bot to make the recipe and but it lasts for a long time.

Brian Sr.
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Brian- can you post that remedy. Sophie has ear issues as well and would love to stop paying the vet if I can take care of it at home.

Thanks
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Post by team sky on Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:39 pm

Boric Acid is a powder you can find in the isles w/ ispropyl alcohol
Gentian violet solution you have to ask for at the pharmacy shelf.

16 oz. bottle 70% isopropyl alcohol (or witch hazel)
4 tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
16 drops 2% Gentian Violet
1 large hair color squeeze bottle preferably 20 oz.
Shake vigorously for 1-2 minutes as the boric acid will settle to the bottom of the bottle.

We started when Star had a bad ear infection and we used the solution once in the morning and once in the evening for two weeks.

But, when you jump I would suggest at night putting in a few drops to stop any yeast infections from forming.

Also, have you had Sophie tested for food allergies? We had to stop feeding Star anything that had corn in eat or she got horrible ear infections. When we have to treat stars ears we put about ten drops in and massage the ear gently. Make sure the solution makes it down into the lower ear canal.


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Post by flyinlab on Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:07 am

thanks Brian I will give it a try. I have not had Sophie tested for Allergies but at our next visit I will have that done. I don't know how I am going to get 10 drops in her ears twice a day but I will try. She has this thing about her ears. When she was younger she got infections all the time and I was always putting solutions in her ears. Needless to say that she does not like it. But I will give it a try.
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Post by Mary and Brewster on Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:26 am

Hi everyone,
Brian you are so right about this solution! When we got our sons basset the breeder highly recommended this solution. I have some made up that we use for both Brew and Riley. The breeder uses it once a week to clean her bassets ears so they won't get an infection. One word of warning, the gentain violet solution will stain clothing, furniture and carpets so just be careful when and where you use it. I clean our pups ears out on the back deck. The reciepe we have calls for 2% gentain violet solution. I found the gentian violet at a Walgreen pharmacy. They told me the boric acid was no longer being sold but I found it on the shelf at Rite Aid. I'm sure there are other places you can find it also. Our breeder said she has also bought the boric acid online. She buys it in bulk at a good price. Of course she also has 14 dogs 12 of which are bassets. Good luck everyone!
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Post by team sky on Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:37 am

We just had to ask for the boric acid at the pharmacy window at Walgreens.

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Post by Intellabs on Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:58 am

Our dogs sometimes gets a yeast infection in thier ears, it's always black and has a strong odor. Is wet ears the same thing? I am assumming it is.
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Post by team sky on Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:31 am

No, wet ears lead to yeast and bacteria infections. The infections come from ears being wet, and not thouroughly dried. Since the ears are nice and warm, when they stay wet they offer an ideal incubator for bacteria and yeast to grow in. The yeast infection that mention does usually smell very bad, and often you will ifnd your dog digging at its ears.

We have found that treating the ears after a day of swimming eliminates the water and prevents infections. Our vet swore by the solution and so do we now. It is a lot cheaper than a vet visit antibiotic or antifungal medicine.

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Post by Intellabs on Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:12 am

Yes, the way you described it is exactly the same thing we have experienced. I will have to give it a try, sounds promissing!! Better then buying it from the vet.
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Post by Bailey Carter on Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:22 pm

Hi Brian,

thank you for this recipe... i will try..

but i did find a vet that i really like ... he's all about keeping your
money in your pocket... so he told me i can sell you this stuff for about $40 or you can go get a quart bottle of "white distilled vinigar" and mix with a gallon of water...
i made this up and am putting in baileys ears 2times dailey..
seems to really help... but i am definately going to get your stuff also... as you can never have too many remedies...

hope to see everyone soon.... am also thinking on doing the virginia trip in may..

~Laurie,Roni & Bailey

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