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Any special cleaner to use for keeping the ears free from getting yeast infection? Have read where this is a common problem in doodles. Right now we are using the ear med the vet gave us to clear up the problem. Thanks !

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Comment by Jo Bill on November 30, 2013 at 8:39pm

I clean Gizmo's ears with a solution that I get from Pet Supplies Plus on a regular basis.  It seems one ear gets really dirty and the other is just fine.  He has had a couple ear infections and the vet suggested we keep it clean with the OTC cleaner.  I use rubber gloves, cotton balls and really reach in to clean the ear.  Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning your dog's ears, though. Yeast infection can be transferred.

Comment by Debbie & Trixie on November 23, 2013 at 7:53am

I also had a past dog (Lhasa Apso) with allergies (plus back problems, seizures, and a variety of other ills and ailments!), and we also treated him with prednisone...he ended up with liver cancer, and I have always been riddled with guilt because I think the steroids are what made that happen.  Trixie was licking at her paws too pre-Zyrtec, and scooting, which she still very occasionally does, so it sounds like Dulcie and Trixie have been experiencing very similar symptoms!

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on November 23, 2013 at 12:06am

Yes, Debbie, paw chewing and scooting on her bum (pretty sure it is not the anal glands - we have those expressed regularly).  Dulcie was scratching at her ear, also, and it was bright red.  I have had a couple of poodle mixes with allergies, but back then steroids (prednisone) seemed to be the go-to drugs.  They would have to have shots on a regular basis, but I'm pretty much convinced that the long term use is why they both ended up with diabetes.  I'll try the Zyrtec if it gets any worse, so thanks for the info!

Comment by Debbie & Trixie on November 22, 2013 at 8:42am

Dianne, the first noticeable indication was Trixie scratching at her ear...and when I'd look inside it was FLAMING red, and looked almost like it had welts in it.  When we got to the vet, he also said her eyes were red, and she had some redness between her toes and paw pads.  We had an antibiotic, since the ear was infected by then, and started her on Benedryl.  We had a second flair up a couple of weeks later, and the vet had me switch from Benedryl to Zyrtec which is a little stronger I guess, and also pricier.  I use the generic that is available at our pharmacy which is cheaper.  Once we got everything calmed down he had us start using the ear wash to help keep it that way.  It is a liquid, and, like Dulcie, Trixie isn't too fond of it!  I don't think she understands the whole "ounce of prevention" concept!! :)  Once it is good and cold and we feel there can't possibly be any allergens around that haven't frozen solid, we will try taking her off the Zyrtec.  Does Dulcie have any symptoms other than her ears?

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on November 22, 2013 at 12:38am

Debbie, after reading your comment, I really wonder if Dulcie's ear problem didn't go hand in hand with allergies as well.  The vet gave us an antibiotic and had us start on the cleaning solution as soon as we finished up, but it still seems reddish to me.  If I give her Benedryl at night it seems less pink in the A.M., so it seems a definite possibility.  Did the allergies just cause Trixie's ears to itch?

Comment by Debbie & Trixie on November 21, 2013 at 9:32pm

My vet has us using Phoenix Ear Cleansing Solution which I use a couple of times a week as a preventive.  Trixie has what we think is seasonal allergies that give her awful ear problems in the fall, and we've been using the Phoenix since we got the horrible inflammation calmed down...Knock on wood, we seem to be on an even keel with it at the moment.  Our vet also says that it is important to keep the ear hair plucked, and I also use the dry powder for that.

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on November 21, 2013 at 7:18pm

I have used the Petco brand antiseptic ear drying powder on Dulcie since she was 3 months old.  She will actually fall over on the bed to give me access to her ear when she smells it.  It must have an anti-itch medicine in it as well!  Lol!  We did great with it, never a single infection, until I neglected to put it in one week when she had been in a shallow pool - bam, ear infection that I had to take her to the vet for.  The vet also gave (well, not really, sold!) me a drying liquid that has worked pretty well, but it is quite expensive - $27 for a good sized 16 oz. bottle (Malacetic Otic Cleanser).  You have to fill the ear canal with it and Dulcie is not too happy with it, although she tolerates it if I soak a cotton ball and squish it in there - wish I had been more vigilant with the powder and we could have avoided an $85 bill!  Hope Marley feels better soon!

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on November 21, 2013 at 6:40pm

I haven't experienced any problems so I'm probably not much help, but I use a cleaner and a drying powder that I got off the shelf in a pet store. I use the drying powder just before plucking hair so that it is more brittle and easier to pluck. I use my fingers. That is one thing that I learned is important--keeping the hair plucked from inside the ear, and from what I understand it lessens the likelihood of infections. Just like clipping nails--get them used to it early--start young :) Good luck.

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