I have a 14 1/2 yr old Cocker. Her ear flap is covered again in black crud and the ear canal red and moist. I do use drying ear creme and have cleaned the black from the flap before, but it is back. What is it and is there anything I can do besides visit the vet?
By El from Jacksonville
Mix 16 oz. isopropyl alcohol, 4 tablespoons boric acid powder, 16 drops Gentian Violet 1% solution [all can be purchased at pharmacy]. Mix all in the alcohol bottle and shake well. Use an empty ear cleaner bottle or eye dropper. Wipe out excess. Takes about a week to work. (10/13/2009)
This sounds like ear mites and it's not something to mess around with by trying home remedies or over the counter meds and especially since your poochie is older. Please take him to your vet (it's better safe than sorry) and please read this link as to why:
Also, once your baby's treatment is started it would be a good idea to wash his bedding and any of his favorite spots to sleep because the mites will still be in those places. (10/13/2009)
The dog is suffering. This is no time for amateur treatments. You must take the dog to the vet. After the infection clears up, clean the ears once a week. Beagles, cocker spaniels, etc. have long, hanging ears that need to be cleaned often. I use equal parts white vinegar and water (warmed a little). This is what my vet advised. Once the infection is gone, the vinegar should help keep the ears clear. Your vet might have a better maintenance idea. Good luck. (10/14/2009)
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