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Old 11-14-2009, 11:13 PM
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I of course realized after close of business today that Bailey has an ear infection. I haven't dealt with one before. Is there anything I can do or give him to make him more comfortable until I can get him to the vet on Monday? I don't want to make it worse but I feel bad for him.
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:40 PM
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aww, poor Bailey! since it't monday.. im sure you took him to the vet already, what did they prescribe?
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:43 PM
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Aw, sorry about his infection. Poor guy! How are things today? Out of my 3, only Kassie has had ear infection (2) and with proper meds from the vet it cleared very fast.
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:52 PM
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It's always best to have a vet check things out to determine the cause of the infection.

In the meantime, you can make your own ear cleaner with a 50/50 blend of vinegar and wintergreen alcohol.

Once you made the mixture, soak a couple cotton balls with it, and insert one under each flap, lower flap, and massage allowing the solution to get down into the canal. Once you've got a good cleaning, take some dry cottonballs and start wiping out the excess and any dirt and debris (& funky black stuff ).

One thing to remember is to never clean them before heading into the vets. We need to see the ear as-is to get a proper diagnosis.

Usually a simple topical medication is sufficient to wipe out the infection, but in some cases a short round of Prednisone (to aid in reducing inflammation) and possibly a round of antibiotics are prescribed.

While ear infections are common and usually come and go with no issues, if left untreated they can cause serious problems resulting in calcification of the inner ear canal and even the ear flap and in extreme cases can result in surgery with permanent hearing loss. So always treat an ear infection as needed!

Just for the record, I've had really good success lately with a product called Zymox. It's an otic enzymatic solution. I believe it's lysozyme, lactoferrin, and lactoperoxidase....if memory serves me correctly (I can look it up if need be though). It's great for chronic otitis due to bacterial and yeast infections. (I have a dog that's "immune" to Otomax and Mometamax at this point after almost 9 years of chronic ear infections....dang allergy dogs!)
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Old 11-16-2009, 07:36 PM
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Thanks, guys.

Apparently it was pretty yucky -- yeast in one ear and bacteria in another. But fortunately his ear drums are okay. He got a shot, oral antibiotics and ear drops. We'll go back in 2 weeks and the vet will check his ears and give me something to clean his ears monthly. I'll be very glad to have something on hand in case he gets another ear infection.

He has environmental allergies and the vet thinks this might be related (and they therefore may be reoccurring). What a bummer.

He isn't back to 100% but feels better now. Thanks so much, guys.

[Now I'm trying to balance letting him be a dog and keeping him healthy. He loves playing outside with his BFF, my neighbor's dog. So I was out there with them to "supervise" and convinced him he wanted to come in after a few minutes. ]
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