I have a yorkie-shitzu almost a year old. The first time i took him tot he groomer she noticed that he had ear infections, so they cleaned the inside of his ears and the vet gave me some medicine. Now he's got it again in his right ear. They told me it's because they are so hairy, that the hair grows inside the ear, not letting moisture get out. So we trimmed his ear hair, and he's still getting them. What do i do? Any suggestions...?
Unfortunately other than cleaning your dog's ears weekly, there's not a whole lot you can do. Floppy eared dogs are more prone to ear infections because the flopped over ear prevents the flow of air through the area and provides a lovely dampspot for bacteria to have a field day in. I use cotton balls with a bit of rubbing alcohol to clean my dog's ears weekly, and keep clotrimazole on hand at all times just in case.
With that breed you should (and your groomer should) be plucking the hair out of the inside of his ears on a regular basis. This will help the ears to "breath" better. Your vet should have an antibacterial ear wash such as 'Dermapet' that you can use to clean his ears 2 - 3 times per week.
my staffordshire bull terrier had an ear infection, we took her to the vets and they wanted to give her antibiotics, she was 35 days pregnant so we refused, then we saw an ad for thornit powder. we have been using it for a week now, and she has stopped itching. we use it twice a day and its worked for us. she was also chewing on her foot so we used it on her and that has cleared too. much cheaper than having to keep going back to the vets.
I totally agree with the use of thornit powder. I was going to tell you about it too. I have a mini poodle and have used it on her for over a year. She had the same problems your dog had. Its only $15.00 and it has saved me alot of money considering she usually had 1 to 2 ear infections a year. You know how much those cost to cure. Thornit powder is a preventative, you use it after the infection is clear. My poo gets no brown wax anymore. That is where bacteria and mites can grow. I will get the link for you if you like. It's only sold in the U.K. www.championpet.co.uk
I don't know why they say not to get water in a poodles ears, when the poodle is a water dog. Does not makes sense at all. I usually am careful when it comes to bathing my girl. But try to keep as little water as posible out of the eat. If you do get some in. You can use a tissue sort of twisted and let it wick the water up then wipe around the outer area.
From what I have read I think the Thornit powder would deffinitely be worth checking out. It will take some time to get it unfortunately. In the interim the following will work: Mix 16 oz rubbing alcohol or alcogel 16 drops gentian violet 4 tablespoons boric acid powder Use to clean ears 2x per day The alcohol dries out the ear, the gentian violet is a fungicide, and the mild boric acid is an antiseptic. You can get the last two ingredients over the counter from your drugist. Watch the gentian violet it will stain anything it touches. The ear solution will stain clothing but does not stain the dogs coat. This recipe comes from The American Cocker Club mailing list, Cockers have notoriously bad ears, the problem is frequently yeast infection. This works.