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#5659601 - 03/19/15 10:25 PM Bad Lab ears
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My male labs ears just freaking stink! He doesn't hunt and lives inside most of the time. What can I use to knock it down. The OTC ear washes haven't impressed me at all.

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#5659957 - 03/20/15 09:02 AM Re: Bad Lab ears [Re: Brother in-law]
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16 Oz. Witch Hazel

4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder

16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

Mix well in spray bottle.

Be careful, it will stain everything.
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#5660556 - 03/20/15 03:03 PM Re: Bad Lab ears [Re: Brother in-law]
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Originally Posted By: Brother in-law
My male labs ears just freaking stink! He doesn't hunt and lives inside most of the time. What can I use to knock it down. The OTC ear washes haven't impressed me at all.
Ear mites?
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#5660687 - 03/20/15 04:24 PM Re: Bad Lab ears [Re: Brother in-law]
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Add a tablespoon of plain yogurt daily to your dogs food. My lab had countless ear infections until I started adding yogurt. We still clean their ears after swimming but we also did before. Judd, told me about this years ago. It worked.

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#5660879 - 03/20/15 06:33 PM Re: Bad Lab ears [Re: deckhand]
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Originally Posted By: Brother in-law
My male labs ears just freaking stink! He doesn't hunt and lives inside most of the time. What can I use to knock it down. The OTC ear washes haven't impressed me at all.
Ear mites?


Im not sure, they are just a big problem and I know he doesn't feel good.

ear cleaner from the store doesn't seem to do much.

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#5661175 - 03/20/15 09:35 PM Re: Bad Lab ears [Re: Brother in-law]
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Vet time, let him look inside closely, he will have a better drop than the regular Epi-Otic

I'm picking up my black lab puppy tomorrow. I've owned two, I guess I'm a glutton for punishment...
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#5667571 - 03/24/15 06:15 PM Re: Bad Lab ears [Re: Brother in-law]
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If it looks like he has brown sugar in his ear and smells, my dog had the same issue when he was around 1 years old. It was a food allergy - chicken. Switched to an alternative protein and it hasn't been an issue.

It also could be ear mites, but I've read those are high contagious to other pets, so I imagine it would have spread to other dogs or cats at your place, if you have them and they interact.
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#5668399 - 03/25/15 08:27 AM Re: Bad Lab ears [Re: Duck_Hunter]
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Originally Posted By: Duck_Hunter
If it looks like he has brown sugar in his ear and smells, my dog had the same issue when he was around 1 years old. It was a food allergy - chicken. Switched to an alternative protein and it hasn't been an issue.

It also could be ear mites, but I've read those are high contagious to other pets, so I imagine it would have spread to other dogs or cats at your place, if you have them and they interact.


Same thing happened to my pup. There my be a thread on here from a fews years back about it. We changed from chicken and rice to non grain and venison blend. I would get some ear wash from the vet to keep around the house.
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#5673666 - 03/28/15 02:57 PM Re: Bad Lab ears [Re: Duck_Hunter]
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Originally Posted By: Duck_Hunter
If it looks like he has brown sugar in his ear and smells, my dog had the same issue when he was around 1 years old. It was a food allergy - chicken. Switched to an alternative protein and it hasn't been an issue.

It also could be ear mites, but I've read those are high contagious to other pets, so I imagine it would have spread to other dogs or cats at your place, if you have them and they interact.


Interesting as chicken is the main part of his food and the ears have been noticeably worse since the food change. Maybe this is it.

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