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713383 tn?1232483914

Ear infections

I have a Dalmation. It seems that no matter what I do, I cannot clear up his ear infections. I have tried antibiotics, ear drops, everything and they keep coming back. His ears smell terrible, which leads me to believe he is getting chronic yeast infections in his ears. What causes this and is there some alternative, perhaps herbal supplement I can give him since traditional medicine seems to be failing? This has been going on for years now and they just keep coming back. I am wondering if they are ever really going away. I feel terrible for him and am desperate to help him. It is costing me a fortune and hasn't provided him with any relief.
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306867 tn?1299249709
My schnauzer has had the same problem. Hers was food allergy related. I switched her to a fish & potato food and her ears are a hundred percent better.  She is not allowed any table scraps or anything other than the fish & potato. They even have fish & potato biscuits.  She also has to take her HeartGuard in pill form and not the easy chewable ones.
It can take as long as 2 months for it to start working, but what a difference. I was buying the food from my vet (very expensive), but have found a pet store that carries it much cheaper.
It won't clear up an existing yeast infection, but if food allergy is the problem she will stop getting them.
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306867 tn?1299249709
I also clean her ears every week with Malacetic HC. It helps keep the ph in her ears normal.
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713383 tn?1232483914
Thanks. I will definitely try that. Can I get the Malacetic HC at an Herbal shop, pet supply place or like a tractor supply place? Lucky dog and myself thank you:)
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306867 tn?1299249709
You should be able to get it at a pet store or online pet meds.
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462827 tn?1333168952
Hello...If his ear problems are related to food, it's more often than not, because of GRAINS. If his regular food is full of grains for fillers (Read the label on your bag or can), I'd start by switching to a GRAIN FREE diet. Statistically, it should take about 6wks. to notice a difference. However, I have seen a difference in as little as 2wks. About ear products: I've probably purchased at least 17 different products over the years. Some from my Vet, some prescriptions, some from other places. What I found is that most contain alcohol that burns like He!!. Although it is a drying agent, I found it to make inflammed ears even worse. Once I found a product without it, I started to get ahead of the ear problems. It's a new line of products that my Vet carries, but can be purchased online, also. They are all natural and herbal. Made to kill bacteria and yeast. Their websight explains everything...It's a small company out of Okla. and their products have turned out to be my favorites. Here's what I did: I use the "Ear Care Solution" and their "Antiseptic Spray". I clean the ears weekly and spray the ears in between. I use the spray on everything from boo-boos to yeasty feet to anything else I can think of. I love their pet shampoo, too. None of it is very expensive and it DOES work. Doesn't burn, either. The company is called "Heal-A-Pet". This sight won't let you leave web addresses, so you'll have to type it in a search. At least go read about their products, it's real interesting! Ok, I guess that's it....I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and let me know if you have any other questions.....Good luck!   Karla
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713383 tn?1232483914
Thanks Karla! I will definitely look them up. You have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too!
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