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    Unhappy Itchy Ears

    For the past few weeks Cookie had been always scratching her ears and whining, she has also been rolling on the floor trying to rub her ears against anything to stop the itching

    A few days ago the vet said that her ears were red & irritated. I've tried cleaning her ears & plucking her ear hairs but that doesn't seem to be helping. It can't be ear mites coz there's no puss..

    Any suggestions as to what I do next?

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    The vet didn't have any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cate0404 View Post
    The vet didn't have any suggestions?
    Good question Cate....



    What was the Vets diagnosis etc & what treatment did Vet recommend etc??

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    allergies will give itchy ears

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    Three weeks is too long for this little one to have ears that are annoying her. They need flushing and I cant believe the vet didnt do this. You can buy a solution called ILIUM OTICLEAN and squirt it into her ears and have then give her ears a gentle rub . You can also make up a solution, which I consider the best, of Malaseb shampoo, dilute it 100 parts to 1, get a cotton ball soaked in that and squeeze it into her ears, dry out the residue with a dry cotton ball. Another tip, do it outside other wise you are gonna have a shower of not only the solution but the gunk that comes out with it. Good luck.

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    ours had it really bad, vet gave him a small shot of something and Delmycin ear drops and he was like perfect within a couple days ..
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    Ear Cleaning Instructions Using Malaseb

    The vet may prescribe the use of Malaseb shampoo for cleaning your dog's ears. Malaseb is a shampoo which is designed for use in specific skin conditions. When diluted, it makes a effective and gentle ear cleanser. Most commercial ear cleaners contain acid and can cause stinging and discomfort on application. Diluted malaseb is well tolerated and works well in breaking down wax and debris.

    For use in the ears, Malaseb must be diluted 1 in 30 with water. You can make this up each time (5mls of malaseb to 150ml warm water) or you can make up large batches. An easy way is to add one quarter cup of malaseb (approx 60mls) to 2 litres of water, and then store in a cordial or soft drink bottle. This mixture MUST be shaken before use. You can then syringe directly what you need from the storage bottle or pour it into a bowl.

    Using the supplied 5ml syringes, draw up 5mls of the 1 in 30 dilution and gentle syringe down the ear (pull up the floppy part of the ear and point the syringe downwards into the ear canal until you cannot see the tip of the syringe). Massage the ear for 30 seconds or so then wipe away any muck with some cotton wool or cloth. Repeat this 2-3 times for each ear.

    Initially, perform this cleaning routine once daily for a week, then reduce it to every second to 3rd day for 2 weeks. You then may be able to reduce cleaning to once or twice a week as a maintenance routine.

    The above is a recipe posted by Hoddle St Vet (in Melbourne). This is how I do all the rescue pei ears, but only after I have cleared any infection with either Panalogue or Suralyn. The syringe application works really effectively because if you shoot it in really quickly, it bounces back and shoots the dirt back really effectively. Even if she has an infection, the Malesab recipe won't hurt by any means, it will still clean out but simply won't heal the infection.

    Sorry, but my other suggestion would be to get another vet!!!
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    Hi Jennifer.

    When the vet stated the ears were red and irritated, didn't he/she elaborate on it or offer treatment of any sort?

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    Poor Cookie...she must be in so much discomfort

    My boy suffers from irritated ears, but I know it is from his skin allergies and from becoming "yeasty". When he starts scratching....in the bath....clean the ears....and give him ear drops (I always have some on hand and also have cortisone spray in hand for him).

    It could be a grass seed, a tiny hair ball etc stuck in the ear canal that is causing the irritation. Sumo went in to the vet one day...ended up being sedated due to having something undisclosed stuck in his eardrum, which needed to be removed immedaitely.

    You have got to get some treatment for your girl....and fast IMO.

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    Plucking ear hairs?
    omg! sounds barbaric to me.
    Is this something people do? ive never heard of it. Bernie's ears are hairy on the inside, long haired GSD with very fluffy tufty ears, cant imagine wanting to pluck them?
    You really do this? why?

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