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Old 01-04-2012, 10:36 AM
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So my beagles tend to be prone to ear infections. We're diligent about cleaning their ears, but the infections still pop up from time to time.

To clean, we were using a witch hazel/tree oil herbal based solution, but our vet recommended we use a flush instead in an attempt to get deeper into the canal and massage any wax/hair out.

Does anyone recommend we do anything differently? Also, are there food supplements which help the ears?

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Old 01-04-2012, 10:44 AM
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What food are they on now? I found that can make a big difference.

Otherwise, a lot of people recommend something called Blue Power Wash...basically it's a genetian violet rinse.
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:15 PM
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Food can make a huge difference.

After baths/swimming, it's good to rinse out their ears as well

A product I like is PetAlive Ear Dr - Loki used to get ear infections all the time (due to the food he was on when I first got him).
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:31 PM
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Blue power ear wash believer here. 2 cockers, no ear issues since I made some.

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Old 01-04-2012, 02:55 PM
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I use a boric acid powder/witch hazel rinse with the lab. I also dropped grains and all sugars I could (beet pulp, HFCS, cane sugar) from her diet for about 2 years. Yeast issue SOLVED!.
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Old 01-04-2012, 03:10 PM
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Mine also don't get any grains or sugars and they've been ear infection free for about two years now.

Knox on the other hand I think has some sort of bacterial infection and I can't get rid of it with just rinsing his ears and cleaning them often. We've got a vet appointment Saturday.
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:43 PM
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Thanks for all the responses and I'll check out the blue power wash.

FYI My dogs have EVO in the AM (no grains, wheat, etc) and get a frozen chicken or marrow bone in the evening.

They both had a bunch of loose hair right in the ear canal, which may cause the irritation.
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:05 AM
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I use Zymox (get from pet sites) to clean out when they start to get dirty.
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