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Dog with Yeasty Ears


I'd appreciate any ideas for remedies I could research or ear washes that might help.. or anything else you can think of.

Seamus is a 5 year old Golden Retriever. Since his first day home at 8 weeks he's had issues with his ears being yeasty, producing brown gunk, running hot, and making him shake his head. He hates when I clean them and even when I'm being as gentle as I can they sometimes bleed. Because of this I don't tend to clean them often (should I clean more regularly?).

His mother was a raw fed dog with minimal vaccs and his breeder weaned them onto raw food. She didn't have a history of ear problems. He did not get the normal battery of puppy vaccs and he's been on raw since day one. He has a homeopath, but nothing has worked so far. He got little to no grain growing up and just gets the occasional home made cookie now. He's not on any meds and doesn't have any other issues I am aware of.

The problem has not really ever gotten better or worse. In general he is a happy go lucky dog, nothing bothers him. He runs hot and seeks cool places. He likes to be with people and hates it when you blow air at his face. When he gets a tick bite the spot tend to become red and a little swollen before it scabs up and that spot will often grow back white hair.

I worry that this could effect his hearing and I don't know if I should leave his ears alone or be trying to get them as clean as I can... please let me know if you have any suggestions.

Thank you,
  LeePendo on 2009-03-22
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Consider mixing 4-5 drops of grapefruit seed extract in 1 oz (1/8)cup of water or vegetable glycerin (sold at health food stores and pharmacies).Mix thoroughly and never use GSE undiluted. Use 2 times daily until problem is cleared up, then once a month.

Yeast infections may be a sign of Candidia which is systemic and can travel, eventually, to all parts of the body, mimicing a variety of health problems when, in reality, it's one- Candidia. Candidia can be lethal if it is left unchecked because it can eventually travel to the brain.
orian last decade
I should clarify that if there is any chance that your dog has scratched his ears(it may not be visible if the scratch is deeper in the ear) and the skin is broken to lower the amount of GSE to no more than two drops added to 1 oz(1/8 cup) of water or glycerine because to add more would irritate the broken skin.
orian last decade

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