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Old 02-15-2013, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Onyx has been itching his ears a lot lately...he got his foot in there somehow today and now he's made himself bleed. And they're smelling funky. He hates the drops the vet gave me and he fights me everytime I try to put them in his ears. He will let me wipe his ears out with a tissue but that's about it.

Is there a natural remedy that anyone knows of so I don't have to wrestle him twice a day?


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Was he diagnosed with an ear infection at the vets?

Is this a recurring infection, or one time?

If its one time, go with what the vet gave you. If you can't give your dog medications when he needs it, you need to find someone to help you with that (restraining your dog for now, then also conditioning and teaching your dog to be accepting of handling)

If its recurring - are there any other symptoms other than the ears present?
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He was diagnosed with the same thing a few months ago but he fought so bad with the vet and the tech that they had to give him a sedative and a muzzle. He doesn't fight me as much, and it's getting a little easier everyday, I just feel bad bc I know he hates it.


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And there arent any other symptoms..just him scratching


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find someone to help you give him his drops.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have never used - but many on here swear by zymox - and it's only 1x per day. and it's OTC, can order online or perhaps petco or petsmart, although not available retail where I am
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Yes he is going to fight it, because his ears are raw and bleeding. Not a good scenario.

What I'd do, is ask the vet how to prevent the situation rather than treating the symptoms after things go south.

What diet is this dog on? If it's chicken based, or has corn, wheat, soy and/or by products, you might want to switch to a "unique protein" source such as fish or venison.

Also ask about benadryl to help with the itching.

It's probably yeast-based and it does itch intensely. Please work with your vet to find a solution. Don't wipe with a tissue without using a mild/gentle ear cleanser and/or medication. You'll only make things worse. Plus with all the open sores, there will likely be bacteria invading so you have not one, but two issues going on.

DO look into Vetericyn.

We have cured a few dog ear infections now with it.
Vetericyn - Wound and Infection Treatment - Broad Spectrum Antimicrobial

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Commonly used wound cleaners such as hydrogen peroxide damage tissue on a cellular level, and may prolong healing times. (Not recommended for use in cleaning out wounds.) Vetericyn is a strong oxidant - it disrupts the cell structure of the pathogens (germs) and adds oxygen to the wound area, speeding healing times.

2) Otitis externa - A very large dog (115 lbs) who originally presented for a secondary yeast infection (cytology) on a Friday. I sent ear cleaner and Otomax ointment. The owner called the following Tuesday to say that when she cleaned the ears she was now getting a thin ropy brownish material from both ears and the dog was very pruritic (itchy).

On recheck, it was predominately gram negative (sent off for culture and was Proteus mirabilis, resistant to almost everything but Baytril - the owner about passed out at the cost of Baytril or Zeniquin.). The owner wasn't able to clean the sore ears at home so I boarded the dog and cleaned the ears (filled the ear canals with Vetericyn solution, placed a cotton ball in the opening and rubbed vigorously) twice daily, followed by Otomax ointment. Within 4 days , the dog was doing much better and I sent home to continue treatment for the next 2 weeks.

I have treated several cases of yeast and bacterial otitis externa and have found that Vetericyn alone is not very effective as a sole agent and still send either Otomax or Tresaderm to use after cleaning. The nice thing is that Vetericyn does not irritate a sore ear and is safe even if the tympanic membrane is ruptured.
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Onyx has been itching his ears a lot lately...he got his foot in there somehow today and now he's made himself bleed. And they're smelling funky. He hates the drops the vet gave me and he fights me everytime I try to put them in his ears. He will let me wipe his ears out with a tissue but that's about it.

Is there a natural remedy that anyone knows of so I don't have to wrestle him twice a day?

Not a natural but my vet gave me "Mometamax". Use 1 time a day. Stuff works great on Kaos. He hates getting the drops also. Always wants to move away (he's a real friendly GS though). So I put a drop on my finger tip and then rub it on the inside top of his ear. He knows it's coming and starts to wine but won't move. If your GS lets you wipe his ears with a tissue he should let you put a drop on your fingertip.....

When Kaos ears bother him it's usually one at a time and it seems to bother him at night after he has been sleeping. Then he gets up shaking his head and then using his paw on it......
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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We feed him puppy chow.

He went to obedience school today and he came home a completely different dog. He sat still and actually let me put the drops in his left ear. The right ear was a fight but that's the one that bothers him the most.

I'm going to look into that vetericyn. He has an appt Wednesday to get his testicles checked out so ill ask the vet about it.


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Puppy Chow (Purina, right?) has a ton of corn and little to no real meat.

Are you able to switch him to something like - Kirkland Signature (from Costco), Diamond NATURALS large breed puppy, 4health Large breed puppy, etc.?

Basically you'll want to avoid the presence of CORN, WHEAT, SOY and BY-PRODUCTS in his food. To do so just may help his ears, maybe not, but it's better nutrition if you can get real meat instead of byproducts
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