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« on: May 02, 2006 06:53:46 PM »

Well I have two dogs, a beagle and a lab mix. They both seem to get yeast infections in their ears pretty commonly. When one gets it, the other will. Shadow (the lab) likes to lick Annabelle's ears after we put medicine in them, so I have taken to taking her into the bathroom and locking the door so that he can't get in and then having to tell him not to lick her, once we get out.
So, I looked up on the internet this problem. I found something about mixing alcohol, vinegar,and water, then applying it with a cotton ball, after squeezing out the excess. With Annabelle, the first time I tried it, I rubbed her ears with a warm, squeezed out, wash rag because she usually doesn't like her ears messed with. Then I put in the mixture, then some medicine. Well, we ran out of medicine. So today, she was itching her ears again and Shadow's smelled like yeast, so I put in the mixture. Shadow is ok with it, Annabelle acts pretty funny, shaking her head, rubbing it on the ground, and watching her leg twitch. I know she is just shaking the extra moisture out. Her ears are looking cleaner and less irritated.
Anyway, is this ok to do? It seems to be working. Do any others have this problem?
So, its not exactly crafty, but it is a crafty-type solution. The mixture is about 1 tsp vinegar, 1tsp water, and 1/2 tsp rubbing alcohol.
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2006 04:10:47 PM »

I've had this problem before too.

I wouldn't add the alcohol to the mixture, I've read it can irritate inflammed ears.
One thing I recommend is after baths and events that get the ears wet, is to dry the ears completely because bacteria grows in wet areas, causing infections.

I've used a vinegar mixture that  worked fairly well. One part white vinegar, two parts water. I use this solution every day following the signs of infection and it went away in about a week. Now he hardly ever gets one.

Hope your puppies ears' feel better. Smiley

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