German Shepherd Dog > ear infection (14 replies)
by anne h on 21 August 2011 - 14:06
|hi does anybody have any advice for recurent ear infections ear gets really dirty with wax been to vets lots last time was given canural has cleared it but a month later its coming back any advice would be appreciated just keeps flaring up after a month or so.|
by hunger4justice on 21 August 2011 - 14:20
|Yes! ZYMOX! This works wonders for dogs who get recurrent infections and yeast. Much cheaper than the vet too and avoids hematoma of the ear from head shaking that can cause a burst blood vessel:|
Use this to treat :http://www.amazon.com/Pet-King-Enzymatic-Solution-Ounces/dp/B0025YOJXS/ref=pd_sim_petsupplies_2
If, for some reason, you don't want the hydrocortisone (to also help the inflamation) then this:
And use this regularly to prevent infection and yeast:
by Donnerstorm on 21 August 2011 - 14:50
|Anne: years ago I had a bitch that had the same problem, I took her to several vets until I found the vet I use now. Turned out she was allergic to corn. When he first said it I thought he was nuts I got antibiotics and he gave me a perscription food with no corn it was Purina EN. I thought he was nuts but was willing to go with it. One Friday I forgot to pick up food before the office closed so over the weekend I gave her the kibble my other gsd was on by Mon we had another ear infection. I don't know that this is the problem but I battled the infections for a yr, same symptoms you described almost exactly after the food switch she never got another one.|
by anne h on 21 August 2011 - 14:53
|thanks for that.will check it out.not to severe only when pups running tilts his head to the side.|
by hunger4justice on 21 August 2011 - 14:58
|Yes, allergies to corn and wheat are common causes of skin and ear problems. I would hope no one on here ever feeds dog foods containing corn or wheat.|
by anne h on 21 August 2011 - 14:59
|hi donnerstorm i feed him royal canin junior active. the last time i was at the vet she said if it happened again she would check for allergies but ithought she was nuts but now youve said it. have checked the bag and cant find the ingredients on it. genuine royal canin bag|
by Donnerstorm on 21 August 2011 - 15:05
Royal canine was what mine was on originally, the head plant is in my town there's corn in it. When I researched it the presenting complaint for alot of gsds with Allergies is chronic ear infections with the dirty "black" looking wax. There are several foods out there with no corn I'm not sure what they are I used purina EN like I said but I'm sure there is somebody else on here that knows of quite a few of them. Those ear infections are horrible hope he gets to feeling better. The ingredients have to be listed somewhere on the bag I would think sometimes just hard to find.
by hunger4justice on 21 August 2011 - 15:25
|AnneH, your food incredients are as follows:|
Dehydrated poultry meat, rice, animal fats, vegetable protein isolate*,
maize, hydrolysed animal proteins, maize gluten, beet pulp, vegetable
fibres, minerals, soya oil, fish oil, fructo-oligo-saccharides, psyllium husks
and seeds, hydrolysed yeast (source of mannan-oligo-saccharides),
hydrolysed crustaceans (source of glucosamine), marigold extract
(source of lutein), hydrolysed cartilage (source of chondroitin).
* L.I.P.: protein selected for its very high assimilation.
MAIZE is corn and MAIZE GLUTEN is corn
by hunger4justice on 21 August 2011 - 15:26
by anne h on 21 August 2011 - 15:29
|yes found ingredients hydrolysed yeast.could that cause allergie.|
by Donnerstorm on 21 August 2011 - 17:01
|Anything can cause an allergy it's just more likely the corn. There are several foods that are corn free and grain free, i don't know any of the names but there have been severl threads on it, just go to the search website link and type in grain free or corn free food, it should bring up those threads and they will be packed with the names of different foods that fit your bill.|
by hunger4justice on 21 August 2011 - 18:36
|I use Fromms Gold, but even that has Flax, not usually an allergen. Costco sells a grain free dog food that is reported to be very good, comparitively inexpensive.|
by Niesia on 21 August 2011 - 18:57
|Before you get into meds try this:|
Wipe your dog's ears with sensitive baby wipes, spray some hydrocortisone into them (available even in grocery stores in pet section). On the beginning do it every day until the irritation/redness goes away. Your dog should stop scratching its ears within a day or two. You should see a big improvement within a week. Then it’s just maintenance – once a week, once every other week depending on outdoor conditions. I have a construction going on and a lot of dust and it seems that my dog’s ears get dirty every day.
From my experience and after a year of medicating my dog I realized that the recurring ear infections in my dog are caused by her simply scratching her ear. The dirt, bacteria and fungus from her dirty claws would infect her scratched ears. By preventing her from scratching I stopped ear infections. It’s been 5 years now and not a single one and I’m still on my first bottle of hydrocortisone... And there is no comparison between what I paid for this bottle and a year of visit at the vets and vet’s medicine that really didn’t solve anything... It so easy for a vet to say that it's allergy... If you believe it - you will start getting into really big expenses...
Of course the allergy can be a reason, but why not to check a simple home remedy first and see if what's vet saying is true?
by hunger4justice on 21 August 2011 - 19:14
|They Zymox with Hydrocortisone also has enzymes that clear the wax and keep the ph of the ear normalized so that no yeast can grow.|
by anne h on 21 August 2011 - 20:25
|thanks folks.appreciated !!!!!|