I found the greatest stuff at Petsmart. It's a 3-step process but I don't do the first step:
1) R-7 Ear Powder
2) R-7 Ear Cleaner
3) R-7 Drying Ear Creme
The drying creme is the greatest thing ever! It's also easy to apply since it's more cream than liquid, I put some on cotton ball then apply inside ear and it doesn't bother him at all since it's not running down his ears. And it really works!
Zymox with the drops it says not to use the cleaner. If my boys ears are bothering him I use the cleaner. But since it is his allery time it is the drops.
No I haven't tried the Petsmart stuff listed, the nearest Petsmart is 45 miles away. We have a Petco which I don't go to very often. I get my food from a feed store, lots of stuff I order online. I live out in the country, so online shopping works good for me.
For chronic yeasty ears, I use the stuff for vaginal yeast infections -- works better than anything prescription -- doesn't cause him to react horribly either. I can't remember the name of the one I use -- I get the generic one from Walmart -- I think it's the 3-day one.
Thanks for all the advice. I took Quest to the vet and she has a yeast infection. I have been given drops for her ears. ack. It's like wrestling an alligator. Any suggestions on techniques to make this go better?
BTW the vet thinks it's some sort of seasonal allergy as she pointed out I was in there at almost the exact same date last year complaining of itchiness of body and ears. Does that sound viable to all you people with ear issues?
As far as putting in ear drops, I always tell my dog to sit (gives them and OB command to follow) then as quickly as I can get the drops in one ear, while I massage the ear I have yummy treats handy to give the dog while I massage the ear. I know peole have posted about smearing peanut butter on the Frig door. I have a wood fron Refrigerator so that isn't going to happen in my house.
Lakota would try all sorts of tricks at first, he would lay down and plaster his ear against the floor. His is usually just one ear that is really bad. I finally got tired of trying to coax and wrestle with him. I put his prong collar on and made him sit. Now I wouldn't do this with a dog that is growling or snapping or really fearful, but a dog that is just being a stubborn PIA I use that tool until they figure out they need to put up with the drops to get to the yummy treats that I only give when doing things they dislike.
Luckily I dont have that problem with Rocky. He has had so many ear drops and cleaning if I pick up the bottle he will lay down. He will let me know his ears are bothering him before I know. He stare at the bottle until I pick it up and then he lays down so I can do them.
I think the blue powder ear treatment is good. Onyx has had bacteria and yeast infections over the past year, and after the last one in June, I weekly clean her ears with the blue treatment, so far so good, but the seasonal allergies are kicking in now. We'll see if she develops one. I had an ear problem last year at this time, and I feel one coming on now when I blow my nose there is pressure/pain...I am tempted to use it myself!
Blue powder ear cleaner
The following is a homemade ear cleaner that I first learned about here at this site:
There are only three ingredients in it, all of which are very inexpensive and available at the drug store. One bottle of this mixture will cost under $3 and will provide dozens of treatments.
The alcohol is the carrier for the mixture--it dissolves wax and is antiseptic, and evaporates quickly so the ears do not remain wet. Gentian violet is an old-fashioned germ-killer (along the lines of merthiolate, that sort of topical tincture). And boric acid powder--which I think is the key ingredient--adjusts the ph of the ear to make it inhospitable to fungus. This powder doesn't dissolve, it's just suspended in the alcohol, so when the alcohol dries it leaves a very fine dusting of this acidic powder inside the ear canal.
BLUE POWER EAR CLEANER INGREDIENTS:
16 Oz. bottle of Isopropyl Alcohol (standard 70%)
4 Tablespoons of Boric Acid Powder (drug store item)
16 Drops of Gentian Violet Solution 1% (drug store item)
Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
You will need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder. Purchase a flexible plastic bottle with the opening at the top so that the solution may be gently squeezed out and dispense solution to affected ears. The ideal is a hair-dye bottle available at a pharmacy, Wal-Mart, Target, etc, or a beauty supply store.
When treating your dog with this, it is best to do it outside, when they shake their ears after the great ear massage you have given them, it may stain carpet/clothing...I use cotton balls to get the excess out before Onyx shakes her head.