Looking for a treatment for dog ear infections.
Brenda from San Diego
I know all too well how expensive vets bills can be, but this baby needs to be seen first and foremost by a professional. You may want to check out CareCredit.com for a credit card that can only be used for certain needs such as dental, plastic surgery, and vets. And without interest for up to a year or more, it's a wonderful card to have. Hope this helps. Bless you and your babe. (07/17/2008)
It is important to take the dog to a vet immediately. Do not try to cure this yourself because as other posts stated you don't know if it is yeast or mites. I am sure you can find a vet to work out a payment schedule. Lot of them work with an interest free credit card that you can sign up for right away. If this continues your dog will lose it's hearing and continue to be in pain. I have several dogs that I treat with the Zymox as a preventative. But that is given by a vet. Most likely your dog needs a shot to relieve this. Please take it to a vet. (07/17/2008)
"Don't" use aspirin, it can kill your dog. The vet told me the only safe painkiller for dogs and cats is codeine, dosage adjusted for their weight. Keep phoning all the vets in your area until you find one who will help you with either a reduced fee or a payment schedule. My vet has a list of "good Samaritan animal lovers" who all chip in to pay the bills for people who can't afford vet care. Call your local animal shelter and ask if they have these great people who can help your dog.
Editor's Note: Tylenol is the one that is highly poisonous to pets. I gave my dog baby aspirin for years for her arthritis (prescribed by the vet) and she lived to 18 years old. (07/17/2008)
I would call Petsmart, I know they have vets there. See if they have any ideas for you or if they would be willing to put you on a payment plan or maybe even do it for a reduced rate. But the dog needs to be seen by a vet. I had a Cocker that had chronic ear infection (common in that type of dog) and after she had enough of them, all I would have to do it call and they would tell me to come pick up medicine and not charge for an office visit. Best to you and your doggie. (07/18/2008)
There are 2 methods for yeasty/damp ears that we have used:
Swimmers ear remedy found in drugstore
This recipe was provided to me many years ago by a Cocker spaniel breeder (Cockers are notorious for having ear problem with their long heavy ears)
Blue Power Ear Treatment (Passed on by Pat Etchells, a Cocker breeder, who recommends warming up the solution before putting it in the ear by placing it in a cup of very warm water for about a half hour or so.
Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well. You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder. To use, purchase the "Clairol" type plastic bottle to
dispense solution to affected ears.
TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all. Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days. Shake the bottle each time before using. Flood the ear with solution (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue. Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage. The dog will shake out the excess which
can be wiped with a tissue, the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.
SCHEDULE OF TREATMENT: Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears. Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks. Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog). All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy. The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear. The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent. The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites, to wax, to canker. After the second or third time you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls. The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%. Those who do not succeed have usually not done the treatment long enough or have not been regular about it. Dogs on the verge of ear canal surgery have been returned to normal with only the regular follow-up treatment to keep the ear healthy.
If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site. This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and water (warm). Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2x per week. They have found the Blue Power Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and
for hot spots. You may find other uses for this simple anti-infective agent. Remember it is for external use only and be careful not to get into the eyes.
I understand that going to the vet is the safest thing to do. But honestly, there are dozens of natural alternatives, that work just as well. I am a vet tech, and have seen these things work, over and over again with people who can't afford vet care. Colloidal silver is hands down the best one. It is a natural antibiotic, that does not kill healthy bacteria. I have used this myself, for ear infections, colds, eye infections, and even for my infant with a yeast infection. It has worked better than expected every time. That stuff is a miracle. (12/02/2008)
There's a great book at dogyeast.com which has all natural remedies, diets, tips, etc. on curing yeast infections. I got this book (actually 4 books) for $17, which is a lot less than I've ever paid at the vets. What's really good is I bought the book a year ago and my dog hasn't been to the vet for any ear problems since. I use the maintenance tip in the book which means the yeast has a real problem taking hold. Simple but it actually works. Hope this helps. (03/23/2009)
By John P.
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