|09-03-2013 11:23 PM|
|5rgj||Thank you for the link that's very helpful|
|09-02-2013 06:35 AM|
|TommyB681||My past GSD had this issue. Except hers developed into a pretty big problem with infections. After being in water its important to keep their ears dry to prevent build up and infection|
|09-01-2013 10:48 PM|
Glad your gsd is feeling better. He is certainly an excellent patient. You could get the ear cleaner from your vet. But I did find a recipe online - Cocker Spaniel Ear Cleaner Recipe - Ear Infections
Ear cleaner is the same for all dogs. The recipe is way down on the page and there is also a metric version available. For some of the ingredients, I would check at the pharmacy.
|09-01-2013 08:12 PM|
The vet showed me how to clean his ears but made no comment about the reaction he had in one ear. I continued to clean his ears regularly but the poor chap is so obliging he just let me do it despite it undoubtably being painful. It was only when some water got in and it became more painful and the ear wax went flaky that I went back to the vet who then prescribed some anti-biotic ear drops: Which worked a treat. Now I can clean both ears without any reaction.
Thanks for the advice, I won't be so paranoid about keeping him away from water and I'll just make sure his ears are dried out if and when he gets wet... and perhaps not clean them so often.
Unfortunately, we have no pet shops and an unreliable postal service so I've made a note of the products you mentioned for when I next go to the UK (or the USA). In the meantime does anyone have any suggestions for home-made ear cleaning/drying solutions?
|08-31-2013 09:42 AM|
During summer, Maverick is in the water everyday. We use this product every night and it works like a charm. Love it.
|08-30-2013 05:10 PM|
I had a inner and outer ear infection a couple of winters ago and if water got down there it was very painful.
Did the vet swab his ears and actually look down in there?
You are correct, to say they can never get water down in their ears sounds very extreme. I take my boy to the lake and we hike where he will get wet sometimes. I do clean his ears out once or twice a month. Right now I am using Zymox ear cleaning solution. When he's been at the lake I will take a towel and have him tilt his head, then gently wipe his ears with the dry towel.
I suspect he still has an infection present.
|08-30-2013 04:01 PM|
|5rgj||Thanks for the advice. It turned out that he had had a low level ear infection ever since we got him which. It cleared up in a couple of days with treatment and now his left ear is no more sensitive than the right.|
|08-20-2013 10:25 PM|
|Mary Beth||I think it has to do with those big up right ears and the rain goes right inside. Shaking his head is his way of getting the water out. And I agree with you, it does seem to bother my dog in one ear more than in another. For drying, cotton balls work well also. And giving a treat when it is over with. When it bothers him, I do gently dry the outside of the ear with a towel and use cotton balls for the inside . Also if it continues to shake and seem upset, I rub the outside of the ear and the inside with gently with my finger which seems to comfort him - he will often lean in. At least it makes him forget about the water. Also distracting with a toy helps also. I think your vet was more concerned about a possible ear infection if he were to go swimming and his head was underwater. This happened to my friend's lab. The dog would swim underwater to retrieve a stick and got a nasty ear infection.|
|08-20-2013 05:05 PM|
water in the ear
I have a 6 month old GSD who seems to be very sensitive to getting water in his left ear. Once wet he spends hours shaking his head, scratching his ear and whining. I do my best to dry it out with gauze - he is very cooperative despite the fact it seems to cause him discomfort (i.e. he whines) - but if I check later it's wet again. I have never had the same problem/reaction with his right ear.
My vet has said that as long as the ear wax looks and smells normal (which it does) then he's OK. He also suggested that GSDs should never get water in their ears. I don't want to second guess my vet but it seems strange to me that a dog bred as an outdoor working animal should have to avoid all contact with water. Going out in the rain seems to be one of the main causes of his problem and here (the Caribbean) it rains, heavily, most days.
I would be grateful for your suggestions on how to properly dry ears and any comments you might have about why Ringo is sensitive (in just one ear) and GSDs and water generally.