Dog Gets Fluid in Ears Every Fall

Every fall for 4 years my dog has gotten fluid in her ears and it's not mites. I had a vet look at her ears and he said there was no infection. You rub her ear and you can hear the fluid.


She tears at her ears all winter, but in the spring it clears up and is fine all summer. They don't smell, but there is a lot of build up that I clean out every other day, but it only works for a day or two. Any ideas?

By Melissa from Portland, OR

March 9, 20100 found this helpful

Melissa, I'm surprised your Vet doesn't offer any ideas. I am a retired nurse. For dogs, as with humans, leaving water in the ears can turn into "Swimmers Ear" or Otitis Media (middle ear infection). Your observation is correct in that if there is no odor - there's no infection going on. Infections need a dark, warm, and wet environment, and some bacteria to survive. Perhaps your dog is avoiding these conditions due to your stringent nursing care. Good girl!

My Molly is 11 and has had one infection in those years, however I have been prone to them and this is what I do for me. And like I said, works well on dogs too: If you are sure there is no smell (no infection going on), put a drop or 2 of hydrogen peroxide in each ear and allow it to "work" - bubble. When it stops (about 5 mins) I tilt my head to allow it to drain (you could swab his ear out with a cotton ball if that's easier) and then I put a drop or two of rubbing alcohol in each ear. I use a cotton ball and squeeze a drop or 2 of the alcohol in. It dries the ear up almost immediately, stopping the wet environment that causes infection to start up. You might want to skip the peroxide step if there is no smell since the peroxide tickles like crazy and your dog might hate this!

This method works extremely well and *knock on wood* I have avoided infection using this procedure the minute I felt a little twinge over the years. Good luck, hope it helps!

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March 9, 20100 found this helpful

I would give your dog people benadryl pills 25mg. each, one per 10lb of weight. one every 4 hours, they will not hurt your dog just make it a little sleepy and it will dry up what is in the ear. I would not use peroxide it will drive your dog crazy in their ear. the vet will probably give u an ointment to use in their ear. the benadryl will help with pain and fluid. bettywickline 069 AT

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