So, we have six poodle mixes (due to allergies in the family), and as far back as I can remember they have struggled on and off with ear infections. I don't know if it is genetic or what, we thought it was because we had a pond in our backyard, but we've moved since then.
Our oldest is 12 and he still suffers from it. I want him to have the best senior years he can, but every few weeks the poor guy gets itching, pain and a terrible smell as well as lots of dark brown wax. I feel terrible, I myself have gotten ear infections and know how terrible they itch and hurt. They sometimes scratch until they bleed, it smells so bad its hard to get near their faces, and sometimes their ears making a squishing noise because they are so full of liquid.
We've taken them to the vet, tried both store-bought and home-made products, and no matter what it just seems to cause more pain. When we clean our dogs ears they cry and it can take them ten minutes to get over it. Afterwards they are terrified upon seeing any of the cleaning supplies in our hands.
Does anyone have any suggestions of what could help? I don't want to go to the vet again to get a product that causes pain or doesn't help. Would regular ear cleaning be a good idea, even though they hate it? We've tried to keep their ears free of hair but they don't like their ears being messed with generally, especially our poor littlest dog. The vet plucked his ear hairs to try to help and it hurt him so bad he doesn't let us touch his ears anymore (its been over five months).
The poor things need some suggestions. Even if it is just a suggestion of what to ask the vet.
Thanks so much!