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#5520965 - 01/05/15 08:44 AM Nasty lab ear
Brother in-law Offline
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What can I try, it's nasty

#5521041 - 01/05/15 09:24 AM Re: Nasty lab ear [Re: Brother in-law]
conifer Offline

Registered: 09/05/11
Posts: 505
Loc: Florida, USA
"nasty" is hardly informative. take the dog to a vet.

#5521043 - 01/05/15 09:27 AM Re: Nasty lab ear [Re: Brother in-law]
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Wash it, good old soap and water is a start. Get in there with a q-tip, but be careful.

I have a short attention spa

#5521052 - 01/05/15 09:32 AM Re: Nasty lab ear [Re: Brother in-law]
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I would clean with qtip & a mix of 1/3 peroxide, 1/3 vinegar & 1/3 alcohol, then squirt some in each ear everyday for a week or so, if it doesn't get better with that, I would bet that you will need to get the dog to the vet to get it cleared up.
Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Haven't had it in years but never spit any out.

#5521140 - 01/05/15 10:19 AM Re: Nasty lab ear [Re: Brother in-law]
mx3p4 Offline

Registered: 12/10/12
Posts: 50
Loc: weatherford tx.
CCBIRDDOGMAN, The vet told me the same thing.

#5521181 - 01/05/15 10:41 AM Re: Nasty lab ear [Re: Brother in-law]
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Registered: 01/22/09
Posts: 11537
Loc: Sachse, TX
If it is as bad as you indicate I would take it to the vet. Antibiotic is going to help the process by pushing that infection to the top where you can treat it better. I would then use CCBDM's stuff for future maintenance weekly or at least biweekly. Another maintenance piece that I started using a few years back is a spoon full of yogurt once day over their food. I don't understand the science of it but I'm convinced it helps.

My vet gave me some blue stuff last year when we were there and it really dries out her ears. But it's a maintenance solution and not there to fight an already festering infection.

Good luck...we've owned cockers and a lab for the last 20 years, ears are something we have learned not to neglect or delay treatment for.
Originally Posted By: Phil Robertson
Don't let your ears hear what your eyes didn't see, and don't let your mouth say what your heart doesn't feel

#5521250 - 01/05/15 11:06 AM Re: Nasty lab ear [Re: Brother in-law]
kindall Offline

Registered: 08/01/09
Posts: 3952
Loc: Spring, Tx
Nasty as in just dirty, or swollen and infected.
If you have a infection going on its best to get it checked by the vet before putting anything in their ears. If the eardrum is not intact, you can cause permanent hearing damage.

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#5521403 - 01/05/15 12:24 PM Re: Nasty lab ear [Re: Brother in-law]
Blanco Offline

Registered: 12/29/10
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Loc: Ft.Worth
A good cleaning is in order first, Then use Blue Power.
Homemade treatment
Get a 20 Oz sports drink bottle with a squirt tip
16 OZ of clear alcohol (rubbing)
1 small bottle Gentian Violet
1 Bottle Boric acid Powder

pour 4 tablespoons of Boric acid powder in the bottle
add 12 DROPS of Gentian Violet .... No more ... No less
then fill with alcohol

shake mixture well
wear rubber gloves
Douse inside of ear and massage for 1 min.
then the other side same.

use it 2-3X a week until the gunk clears up. Kills ear mites also.

If no other underlying cause you might try switching dog foods.
Symptom of food allergies is ear gunk?

My dog gives me the bird!

#5521411 - 01/05/15 12:26 PM Re: Nasty lab ear [Re: Brother in-law]
Blanco Offline

Registered: 12/29/10
Posts: 921
Loc: Ft.Worth
Oh be careful the solution will stain hands and clothes. Try to get both ears ... then back up and run!

My dog gives me the bird!

#5522189 - 01/05/15 07:04 PM Re: Nasty lab ear [Re: Brother in-law]
maximumintensityretriever Offline

Registered: 04/16/13
Posts: 514
Loc: Longview, Texas
I'm in the take the dog to the vet camp. The other methods listed are for prevention. You want your dog to never trust you again, squirt vinegar and alcohol in an ear with an open sore.
Tony Marshall
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#5525834 - 01/07/15 01:46 PM Re: Nasty lab ear [Re: Brother in-law]
DH 1 Offline

Registered: 01/17/13
Posts: 195
Get some ear powder (R-7 is good) Available on line. Squirt it in his ear and watch out for the head shake. Works great and is a lot less messy than liquids..

#5528543 - 01/08/15 04:28 PM Re: Nasty lab ear [Re: Brother in-law]
kruzie96 Offline

Registered: 03/29/12
Posts: 71
Loc: Austin, TX
Just went through this with mine...I was using 1/2 alcohol 1/2 vinegar daily for about a week with no noticeable improvement. Went to the Vet and he gave me Epi-Otic (over the counter) to use as a flush every other day. I also got Tri Otic 25gm (Gentizol) (prescribed) 4 drops in each ear twice a day. It's been 6 days and ears are almost completely clear smile

Edited by kruzie96 (01/08/15 04:29 PM)

#5530915 - 01/09/15 04:46 PM Re: Nasty lab ear [Re: Brother in-law]
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
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Loc: Frisco, Texas
Hey how about a $50 trip to the vet??? Nothing more worthless than as deaf dog...

sorry to sound like an AZZ but where there is stink, there is infection

Come On Man

would you take your Kid to a doctor? Or get on a forum and ask people what they would do???....jeez
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King George Strait

#5548011 - 01/17/15 07:18 AM Re: Nasty lab ear [Re: Brother in-law]
Critterskinner Offline
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Registered: 01/15/15
Posts: 5
Loc: Texas
One of my labs had an infection in one of his ears. Yes infection I believe. Poor dog couldn't even shake his head. Vet gave me two weeks worth of antibiotics to clear it up. Vet said it was from water staying in his ear. I would take him to the vet.

#5550296 - 01/18/15 05:17 PM Re: Nasty lab ear [Re: Brother in-law]
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Is there a term for this I can google? Are y'all talking about the brown sugar looking stuff that labs get in their ears?
Originally Posted By: bill oxner
I just turned it on . I was looking bird dogs in the butt this morning.

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