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      Yeast infection in her ear

      I am a new mama of an 8 month old girl. She is definitely a water dog! We had been taking her to swim regularly at a small pond almost daily. Four weeks ago she started shaking her head and pawing at her left ear. A trip to the vet revealed a yeast infection in her left ear because I wasn't cleaning her ears after each swim (I had no idea I was supposed to be doing this ). The vet put medicine in and we put the last does in her ear this past Friday. We also bought ear cleaner to use at home. My bosses dog is my pup's father. He did not know he was supposed to clean his dogs ears, he is an avid bird hunter. My question is, have other parents heard of the yeast infection in the ear/s and if so, did your dog grow out of it?

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      Yes, definitely have heard about yeast infections in ears. There are others here who are more knowledgeable about cleaning solutions for the problem. I clean ears about every 1-2 weeks for non-swimming dogs.
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      Yes, it is fairly common. It typically has more to do with food sensitivities than lack of cleaning. Every dog is different, however. If it continues, you might look into trying a grain free and/or chicken-free food.

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      Thank you. Our vet owns labs herself - so I will check with her on food.

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      Maverick gets yeast infections. His tend to be in tandem with bacterial infections. Turns out he is resistant to Zymox, which was recommended by my vet and used frequently. We are using a different treatment with Mal-A-Ket ear cleaner. Good luck with the ears!

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      Good to know this! Thank you!

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      Yep super common! I use this product, which can be purchased on Amazon. It is the "purple solution" that you can find people referring to around the internet, and a few people her recommended it to me. There's also a recipe for making it yourself here.
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      Our first chocolate had a problem with his ears until I realized that I needed to put a drop of drying solution in each ear on humid/misty/raining/snowy days after an outing. Hershey wasn't a swimmer but the humidity caused his problems. I've had a few dogs since Hersh and I do this for everyone...haven't had another ear infection in anyone.
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      This is great information! Thank you for sharing with me.

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      An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It's true not all labs have this tendency. You can put all of them on a scale from zero to 10. I have had one dog that was a 10 his whole life. His problem was food allergies, plain and simple. I have another "house lab" I'd put somewhere around a 4 or 5. He just seems to produce more wax at certain times a year and needs more cleaning. I have a dog that is a full-on Master Hunter who spent years of her life in and out of water and never has had an ear issue. My new pup turned up with goopy sensitive ears that would have turned up infected if I hadn't noticed it in time.

      I periodically just clean the dog's ears with a baby wipe. If they're clean... that's all I do. I sort of monitor it that way. The new dog now gets an ear wash (one part alcohol to three parts distilled vinegar) after she's been in the water.

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