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The other ear now

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Nellybelly, May 9, 2010.

  1. Nellybelly

    Nellybelly PetForums VIP

    Jul 20, 2009
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    Bella has long hairy ears.
    She had a bad period of infections last sumemr, and it's back this summer/ We just cleared up the one ear and I'm going back to the vets tomorrow cos the other one has started. We don't have Thronit here.
    Any other suggestions to prevent this?
  2. Mum2Heidi

    Mum2Heidi PetForums VIP

    Feb 17, 2010
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    What about a course of echinacea to boost her immunity:thumbup:
  3. Nellybelly

    Nellybelly PetForums VIP

    Jul 20, 2009
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    Hadnt thought of that. I m not sure it is her immunity though, as this is no way compromised. I think she just has really long floppy ears, and this is the price that comes with it. I will ask our vet about the echinacea though...
  4. Tanya1989

    Tanya1989 PetForums VIP

    Dec 4, 2009
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    You should strip all the hair out from the ear canal and clip the underside of the ear hair. Can you not order some Thornit from the UK?
  5. leashedForLife

    Nov 1, 2009
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    hey, nb! :--)
    is this typically a yeast-type infection - smells like sweaty-sox?
    or a mite-infestation with coffee-grounds in her ear? (droppings from blood-sucking mites)

    3rd Q -
    when U say *hairy*, do U mean on the underside of her ear-flap, near the base of the ear?
    or INSIDE her ear-canal, the actual opening into her ear itself?

    or just the hairy upper- /under-side of her drooping hound-ears? , (which on the underside, normally thins to near-nothing
    in most hounds, as one gets closer to the ear-canal opening).

    if she has normal hound-ears - smooth-haircoat on underside thins rapidly going from rounded-tip of pinna to ear-opening,
    ending with an area of near-bald pale-pink skin with velus-hair only...
    then the hair isn;t really a contributor to the problem.

    OTOH if she has Poodle-like ears, she can have short, curly hair quite dense *inside* the ear-opening - a Real Problem.
    for a permanent solution to the hairy-ear-canal, she can have her follicles zapped with electrolysis while sedated -
    it won;t come back, the few hairs that do will be markedly thinner, straighter and fewer per square-inch.

    or a mild depilitory-cream applied inside the ear for 5 to 10-mins (read instructions!) then removed carefully,
    can also greatly reduce hair inside the ear - Tie Her Ears to her head with a long-scarf, 8 to 10-inches wide x 36-inches long
    is a good size; this keeps the cream IN her ears vs splattered on walls + ceiling, and prevents haemotoma, too -
    from violently shaking her head, and rupturing small blood-vessels in her pinnae.
    be sure to test! the dep-cream on a bare-skin area for irritation FIRST -
    put it on her upper-abdomen, let stand accdg to pkg-directions, remove, BANDAGE the spot to keep her tongue off it,

    and peel off the bandage in 48-hours - whats there?
    if theres a welt or weal, i would not use it; if its NOT pink, swollen, rashy, spotted, itchy, peeling, then its probly OK. ;)


    first-aid Prevention Only - do not use if there is redness, weeping, crusting, cracks, swelling, HEAT,
    any broken skin, pus, any liquid-discharge; only for a DRY, pale-pink, non-swollen ear with intact skin.

    for Yeast-Infections: a drying-rinse -
    50 : 50 H2O2 + acetic-acid: half hydrogen-peroxide, half CIDER-vinegar;
    this is for ears that Look normal but Smell funky.
    mix only as much as U will immediately use; 1 tsp each is plenty for an individual ear.
    mix in a GLASS bowl, and immediately use a plastic eye-dropper or syringe to suck it up + insert in her ear-canal.
    use the ball of Ur thumb to gently mash her pinna against her head, and rotate the thumb slightly with firm pressure.
    lift pinna, put a COTTON*BALL into her ear-opening, tip her head + wipe -->> out firmly - don;t PUSH <<-- into her ear.
    set her in the bath-tub On A Mat, close the door/curtain, and let her shake her head thoroughly;
    remove, towel under pinna + down neck with a paper-towel, and repeat on other side.
    the drying-formula may be used weekly or bi-weekly safely on unbroken skin.

    if her ears are pink + slightly puffy -
    the ear-canal is smaller due to the puffy flesh - then the formula is
    1/4th Cider-Vinegar, 1/4th Distilled-Water and 1/2 H2O2 *aka* 1st-Aid Hydrogen-peroxide.
    a half-tsp each of cider-vinegar + distilled-water to 1 tsp H2O2 for each ear is good;
    use immediately they are mixed.
    this less-acid version is OK for pink, irritated ears - but NOT Red, Swollen, Pus, Skin-Cracks, Bleeding, ANY discharge.
    it can be used weekly or bi-weekly as a preventive.

    if its ear-mites -
    ask the vet about putting the OINTMENT between her *toes* well-down around all pads, on both hind-feet;
    Top It Off with a cotton-ball dabbed in Absorbine-Jr to keep her tongue off it, U don;t want her to EAT the cream from her pads -
    it has to stay on there to kill the mites. Absorbine tastes *terrible* - it contains wormwood + rue, both very bitter.

    powdering her ears -
    with corn-starch every other day, which is hydro-phobic (water-hating) will help keep them dry + dessicate yeasts;
    don;t stick it in the EAR-canal, just the underside of the pinna + all around the ear-opening.
    if she will lie-down with her belly-up, it is easy to sprinkle a tiny amount of starch in ones hand, and use thumb + forefinger
    to pick-up a pinch, drop it on her ear-underside, and gently stroke -->> with the hair-growth (toward the round bottom-edge).
    next-time, use a cotton-ball DRY to wipe from ear-opening OUTWARD in all directions to clean the old-starch off;
    it takes 2 cotton-balls per ear to do this adequately.
    then re-apply a thin new dry coat of corn-starch.

    hope this helps, hun! :)
    --- terry
  6. Nellybelly

    Nellybelly PetForums VIP

    Jul 20, 2009
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    You hve been really helpfu, thanks:)

    Her ears are not hairy inside surprisingly.

    I used to pluck my Nelson's ears inide but Bella has no hair in the ea canal....but her ear are really heavy and floppy...
    The corn starch sounds like a good idea;)

    Thanks again!
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