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Samantha has her second ear infection in as many months. In November it was her right ear, this time her left. Its, this time, a yeast only infection, last time both yeast and bacteria. She is an otherwise healthy eight year old. Vet says its allergy related and if it recurs again, (soon???) he wants to put her on preventative medication. One he mentioned would be a once a month injection, the other daily oral medication. Any input would be helpful, I loath to put her on medication, but certainly want to do everything possible to avoid future ear infections. Anyone have any experience with either of these medications? I don't know what the injection medication is, the oral is an anti inflame, anti itch medication.
 

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One of the very first questions I have to ask is if you take your dog to the groomer, do they 'pluck' his ears? If they are plucking his ears. it is an open path for yeast to invade! (leaves open pores) Rather than plucking, if the inside of your dog's ears are really hairy, use a baby scissors to trim out hair as close as possible (blunt tips and tiny)Do not let the groomer pluck! Then after you have made sure his ear canals are free of hair and gunk (wipe out ear with a cotton ball) use a product called 'Zymox' .........it is an enzymatic antifungal you can buy online that will kill the yeast! Everyone who has ever had a 'poodle type' dog swears by it! Just remember....yeast likes warm dark damp places so it is important to keep good air circulation to the ears by keeping the hair from clogging up the ear canal! If you
bathe your dog at home make sure you are wiping out his ears to dry them......and when he goes to the groomer request they trim the ear opening if they haven't, and to not pluck the canals (they usually yank it out with their fingers or a hemostat!) but trim them ............. Good luck I hope this helps!
 

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Yes she goes to the groomer every month, but they do not pluck ear hairs, just trim. This is a groomer at the Vets, so they understand how to. They used to pluck the ear hair, but the Vet put a stop to that practice, quite awhile ago. I will track down and try the Zymox. I'm all for avoiding any more ear infections, they are a mess to treat, and uncomfortable for Samantha. Also expensive, but that's secondary to the other issues.
 

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Here's an ear cleaner recipe from a cocker spaniel family website. I used it on my now deceased lab's ears a number of years ago, and wish I had located it sooner as he suffered from them constantly. I was so pleased to find that the site still has it up. Anyway, it can be used as both a preventative as well as a treatment once infection is present, it saves very well for long periods, and the ingredients are cheap to boot. I've since used it on Tiger when he started having problems a couple of years back, and he has had no issues since.
 
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