I ended up taking Riley to the vet yesterday. His ear was so red and inflamed, even though I've been using the medicines they gave and cleaning them.... they were so clogged again, my poor boy :(
They took a sample of the wax and sent it to a lab. They're going to grow bacteria from it and that will tell them what kind of antibiotics to use I guess. Then Dec 20th we go back for a re-check and he said if I want we can go ahead and start the blood work to see if he's allergic to anything besides food. So I'm definatly going to do that... upgrading his insurance first though.
The vet said if none of this works they may have to sedate him to deep clean the ears.
I don't get it. I know springers are prone to ear infections, but why are Riley's so bad when he is so young? Neither of his parents have chronic ear infections, they just get them once in a great while. And no one from his litter has these problems. :(
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 11/30/2005 11:44:56 PM*** Reason: add
i wish i could help you on this one. its great that he ended up with you for a momma. you have been through alot with him , when others may not have. i hope they figure out the problem soon so that you both get some relief. give him a big smooch ! he's a cutie
I have standard poodle. Long, ponderous, heavy haired ear dogs, so ear problems can arise quite quickly. I was having serious ear problems til my mentor told me of thes solution. I waited til my vet cleaned the ear infection up, then I started this regiment and I have not had 1 single ear problem again. It has been over a year now since I started this treatment. Mind you, you should seek Veterinary advise first, never just start this as it could be a very serious ear infection that needs antibiotics. I also always use cotton balls in their ears EVERY bath to eliminate any water getting in their ears that could jump start an in fection.
BLUE POWER EAR TREATMENT
16 oz. Isopropyl Alcohol (or 16 oz. Witch Hazel if ears are very inflamed or sore)
4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%
Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
You will need to shake the solution every time you use it, to disperse the Boric Acid Powder. Purchase a "Clairol" type plastic bottle to dispense solution to affected ears. These bottles can be found at beauty supply shops.
Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore: DO NOT attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all. Just flush and then wait until inflammation has subsided, which will be about two days.
Warm the solution and shake the bottle each time before using.
Flood the ear with solution (gently squirt bottle).
Massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
On first treatment: Flood the ear twice, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.
The dog will shake out ht excess, which can be wiped with a tissue.
NOTE: Gentian Violet STAINS - fabric and FUR!
SCHEDULE OF TREATMENT
Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks, depending upon severity of ears.
After the 2nd or 3rd day, you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.
Caution: when using a Q-tip, insert only as far into the ear canal as you can actually see. Use care to prevent the gunk from falling down into the ear canal.
Treat 1x per day for the next 1 - 2 weeks.
Treat 2x per month (or less, depending upon the dog)
We adopted Stacy (Shepard mix) from the animal shelter when she was a puppy. We took her to the vet for a free check up that comes with the dog when you adopt them. She had a clean bill of health. The problem was she smelt so bad no matter how much we cleaned her. My husband told me take her back to the vet because she had a bad ear infection. We take her back they have to put her under and do a ear scrapping. She couldn't hear from the ear it was so bad. $200.00 later. The infections gone and she can hear from the ear again. It was the best thing we could've done for her. She's now 5 years old and she's never had problems with her ear again.