My 9 year old Pug, Duke has always had loads of wax from his left ear.
I have been putting a Vet recommended treatment/cleaner into it for a couple of weeks. The Wax is now a Black (definitely black) Oil type discharge and it comes every day and lots of it. He was checked by the Vet and she could see nothing like Ear Mites.
I would suspect that your dog has an ear infection possibly, but the vet should have picked up on that.What breed is your dog? Does he go in the water much? Personally I would warm some mineral oil, very slightly, put some into his ears, quickly shut the ear flap; so he can't shake his head right away, and massage the ear, especialy the base of the ear. After a good thorough, but very gentle massage, look in the ear, and see if you've loosened even more black muck with a cottonball, or a q-tip on the parts of the ear that you can see with the naked eye.I would definitely seek the opinion of another vet also. Black muck usually points to ear mite feces, or ear infection. Does he paw at his ears, or scratch them all the time? I hope you get to the bottom of the problem soon.
Yep, I agree with Pen. That is probably ear mite feces or even dead mites. We had this problem with a rescue back in January. We used Sweet Oil and heated it and used a syringe to put a few drops in the ears. Lots of junk came back out and after about 2-3 days, they cleared up.
Hope this helps!
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Unless your vet looked under a microscope at the black stuff, he/she probably wouldn't see ear mites. I just bought my puppy 3 weeks ago, and he had black stuff, not like oil though. The vet took a sample and looked at it under a microscope and let me look also. He had ear mites. Ask if they checked for them. Good luck :D
could be yeast. maybe bacteria. rosemary oil is a natural anti-bacterial as is tea tree oil. a few drops and massage gently. wipe out any visible gunk. also a 50/50 white vinegar/water rinse works well for more frequent cleaning. i have newfies and they have serious "floppy ear syndrome".
I forgot to ask you if this black discharge has a foul odor to it. If it does, there is a good chance that it is an ear infection, and /or yeast.If the vet did a scraping of the exudate, she could see ear mites under a microscope, and further cultures could tell if it's yeast, or bacterial infection, and what type. I hope you get to the bottom of it soon.
What great fun they must have, I might just try that next year. With temperatures in the high 90's for July and August it would save on the Air. Con. Bill. I wonder if they would take to it. Worth a try! Thanks.
Your Dog has a Yeast/ Bacterial infection. Fluconazole is recommended. Gentizol Ointment for the Ears everyday for a week to be applied 15 minutes after flushing. To flush use a Baby Nasal Aspirator, and a mixture of Iodine & Water solution. Mix the Iodine with the Water only to a light Tea Color, not too dark. Suck it up with the Aspirator, Hold ear up and gently flush. Let the dog Shake ears to get rid of any excess. After the 7 to 10 day period is over stop the fluconazole and Ointment. But continue flushing with the Iodine/ Water solution once a week for maitenance. These infections can be chronic and reaccuring if you don't keep up with them. It is also good when you are petting your dog to flip their ears over and let some air get in there ears. The yeast is often caused by no air being able to get in. Hope this helps :)
Going to the Vet tomorrow and will ask for this. Why didn't my Vet suggest this, she's the best around here. Will take some of the gunk to be looked at microscopically. It's just not normal end of story. Even if there are no ear mites will ask, I hope I don't have to get pushy!!!
She keeps saying it's fat!! No, not the dog, the black stuff!! It's gross. I have treated him with a good ear cleaner and no good.
Thanks for caring and will let you know how I get on.
Print out my reply and give it to Her. I've never heard of such thing "Fat". That sounds strange. Sometimes Vets can be like a pair of Shoes. You have to shop around to find One that fits. No matter what anyone else says you trust your gut instinct about your Baby. Good Luck! And please let me know how you make out :)
Vet said the infection is 'light" and I still think it's mostly fat, she may mean Sebum, but in Spanish Grassa is FAT!
I really wouldn't mind if she had looked up and said she made a mistake all these months.
Thanks to everyone who had input here. I insisted on tests and there we are, BACTERIA! maybe I would have just shrugged my shoulders as the Vet, did, thanks for the push and experience you shared. He is receiving ear ointment that contains two Anti Bios and Anti Yeast.
Twice a day for a week and then back to Vet.
He wasn't too impressed when she stuck it far into his worst ear.