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Moe has another ear infection, I have him on antibiotics and Otomax cream. A while ago someone had given me a home remedy for ear infections, all I remember is there was apple cidar vinager in it? Does anyone know the remedy I'm talking about?

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no vinegar but the one i've used to GREAT success when otomax didn't work is:

Blue Power Ear Wash Recipe


INGREDIENTS:

16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol

4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder

16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.

Please shake this solution every time you use it to mix the Boric Acid Powder. Either a baby ear syringe or a plastic squirt bottle work well for putting the solution in the ear.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if the are inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all. Just flush and then wait until inflammation is gone, which will be about two days. Warm the solution and shake the bottle each time before using. The dogs will accept the treatment much better if you warm it up for them.

Flood the ear with solution (gently squirt bottle).

Massage gently, wipe with 100% cotton pad.

On first treatment: flood the ear twice, wipe with a pad, and leave alone without massage.

The dog will shake out the excess, which can be wiped with a tissue. (Note: the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics so you're best to do this outdoors.)

Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks, depending upon severity of ears.

After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a tissue or cotton pad.

Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks.
Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog).




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Debbie,

A mixture of vinegar and water is a good, natural ear cleaner and will help prevent yeast infections in the future.  I dilute 1/4 white vinegar to 3/4 water.

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Debbie, I know that home remedies and the least invasive is best... I have a lab who is chronically infected and we had antibiotics along with the ottomax and still they were bad...  The doc finally perscribed a pretty potent little container to kick out the infection when he was really inflamed and then had me doing the home remedies to try and keep him maintained.  Every once in awhile he flares up really bad - he has allergies - and I have to give him the potent stuff - well put it in his ears.  Its called Synotic (its so strong you have to use gloves so you don't get any on your hands).  But it really brings the infection and swelling down.  He has one ear in particular that is really chronic and gets so swelled up  the Synotic is the only thing to bring the swelling down so that the ottomax and cleaning can get in there...  Just thought I'd throw this out in case you might want to mention it to your vet.  Don't know how bad it is.  Good luck.
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Hi Everyone.

I have a question. At about 2 am this morning Mack woke up and started shaking his head and scratching his ear. He finally went back to sleep about an hour later. This Am he has done the shaking a few times not really scratching much.

We are thinking its an ear infection. So I of course want to try natural way first. I looked in his ears they dont look red or inflammed. And there is no smell from his ears.

He did just have a bath on friday Could it be water in the ears? He didn't shake his head all weekend. We were at the shows. Would there be a delay in that?

Where do I get the third ingredient?
is it something thats easy to find? Id like to try this today to see if it makes it any better for him.


Does it sound like an ear infection?

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Stacey,

You can get the gentian violet at Wal-Mart.  That's where I got mine.  That is the dark purple stuff that they put on a baby's umbilical cord stump in the hospital.

If the ears aren't red/swollen and they don't have a foul odor then it may be just the very beginning of an infection or not one at all.  You can use the Blue Power Ear Wash just as a preventive.  We do ear cleanings every week or so around here and we always use this stuff.

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Stacey:

When you give them a bath, it is always good to put ear cleaner in thier ears afterwards because that will dry out any water that go into their ears.  He may have had water in them.  I would give them a good cleaning and keep an eye out.  If they get infected, you will see the "nasties" and it will probably smell a little funky.  I would just clean them for right now.
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You can get Gentian Violet (1%) solution from a Mom and Pop kind of local pharmacy. (Wal*Mart will need to order)
I always like to put cotton (like the hairdresser has in rolls)-~~not cotton balls~~ about 5" down in the ear and then use the ear wash.
Massage well (2 minutes) and dog will shake it out
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He is back like acting himself now. I did have to order the stuff from walmart. But I think we will be ok for a few days till it comes in. thanks!!!
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