08-05-2017, 10:15 PM
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| | Seconding the vet for any ear issue...
ear infections can cause severe pain, swelling, damage the ears & hearing, etc.
Dogs with RECURRENT ear-infXns often have one or more food intolerances -
which are, contrary to popular myth, most-often to proteins, not to "grains" or any grain specifically.
Yeast infections in dog's ears can be caused by swimming & the ear canal staying wet - not draining properly. They smell like sweaty sox, a weird sweetish funky odor.
Narrow ear canals are also prone to infection / yeast, as they lack air circulation. Shar-Pei are among the breeds with ear stenosis.
Ear mites are a PITA, & often recur -
if treating the ears only under a vet's direction is insufficient, ask the vet about treating the dog's REAR Feet, using the miticide between the paw-pads. [This generally involves a deterrent to keep the dog or cat from licking-away the miticide, which isn't safe to eat, & also prevents the meds from doing their job: killing mites!
My preferred taste-deterrent to keep dog or cat tongues off of any ointment is Absorbine-Jr, which contains wormwood & other horrible-tasting stuff.]
It will take quite a bit more ointment to treat the paws in addition to both ears, that's a lot of real estate, so tell the vet U are considering this to knock down the mites once & for all.
They'll need to prescribe a larger amount of miticide.