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    Hey Everyone!

    Been gone a bit, but I have returned!

    So here's my issue...ear infections.

    Brutus is now almost 3 (in March) and had always had a bit of trouble with his ears, but lately it seems to bet getting worse.
    Been to the vet about 6 times in the last 2 months. He suggested it was Bru's food and the table food my wonderful husband gives him.
    We changed his food, stopped table food and it seemed to work for about 2 weeks and then bam! Yet another ear infection.
    We have medicated ear wash and medicated cream to put in them when he gets them, but it doesn't seem to be working as well lately.
    Plus, the medicated rinse is leaving his ears soooo dry, they flake and seem like they are hurting him.

    I used to clean them every other day, but the wax build up was soo much in just 2 days I now have been doing it every day (for the last 2 months).
    Any remedies that you have tried and they work? I'm desperate.
    He's completely healthy, except for his ears.
    The vet is useless at this point and just keeps telling me to try different foods.


    Thanks!!! Brutus will love you even more because he's sick of me constantly touching his ears lol.
    Kim, Steve and Brutus <3

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJBullyMommy View Post
    Hey Everyone!

    Been gone a bit, but I have returned!

    So here's my issue...ear infections.

    Brutus is now almost 3 (in March) and had always had a bit of trouble with his ears, but lately it seems to bet getting worse.
    Been to the vet about 6 times in the last 2 months. He suggested it was Bru's food and the table food my wonderful husband gives him.
    We changed his food, stopped table food and it seemed to work for about 2 weeks and then bam! Yet another ear infection.
    We have medicated ear wash and medicated cream to put in them when he gets them, but it doesn't seem to be working as well lately.
    Plus, the medicated rinse is leaving his ears soooo dry, they flake and seem like they are hurting him.

    I used to clean them every other day, but the wax build up was soo much in just 2 days I now have been doing it every day (for the last 2 months).
    Any remedies that you have tried and they work? I'm desperate.
    He's completely healthy, except for his ears.
    The vet is useless at this point and just keeps telling me to try different foods.


    Thanks!!! Brutus will love you even more because he's sick of me constantly touching his ears lol.

    May I ask what Brutus is eating? It may well be from grains or potato's, if it's a yeast problem Jack periodically get's ear infections, but one or two dose's of his ear drops clears it up. sorry you guy's are going through this. hopefully someone will come along soon with more ear experience
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    He was just switched to Innova adult dry and has been on it for just about 1.5 weeks now. He was on Blue Wilderness before that and it didn't agree with him at all. So far the Innova has been better. No swelling between his toes with this lol.
    Kim, Steve and Brutus <3

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJBullyMommy View Post
    He was just switched to Innova adult dry and has been on it for just about 1.5 weeks now. He was on Blue Wilderness before that and it didn't agree with him at all. So far the Innova has been better. No swelling between his toes with this lol.

    Well, that's a start. I sure hope you can find a cure for him. I just started feeding my pack raw, hoping it will help with alergy's. Griz has had a bad time of dry yeasty skin. we've only had 4 days of raw so far. no cannon butt! that's a plus
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    Welcome back!!! Banks had lots of ear infections too when she was younger... once we got her off the grains they stopped, but she still has yeast issues so I use vinegar/water solution in her ears every other week just to keep them clean
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    Welcome back!!! Banks had lots of ear infections too when she was younger... once we got her off the grains they stopped, but she still has yeast issues so I use vinegar/water solution in her ears every other week just to keep them clean
    At this point, I'll try anything lol. Thank you!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJBullyMommy View Post
    At this point, I'll try anything lol. Thank you!!!!!

    I was reading an article today in The Whole Dog Journal. It's a holistic site and you might want to take a look at it. I'm going to PM you the article it's rather lengthy
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    Make sure you are getting him a grain free food with no potatoes! I had no idea about potatoes tell my vet talked to me about it. Also I used Malacetic otic and it kills anything building up in there. So maybe once you get the infection cleared up you could start using that once a day and if he is still doing good go to one every other day then eventually once every 4 days. I use it every 4 days now and I have never had a problem, also I know it is made for the ears but I use it on red yeast and tear stains and it clears it right up. Hope he gets feeling better!

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    Hi,

    I have had and currently from time to time have yeast issues in Winston's ears as well. From what I have read on this great website and all the knowledgeable bully owners who have helped me out, as well as my Vet dermatologist. Part of the issue can be the diet, not sure what part cant help there. But I have found a wonderful product on Amazon called Zymox. Im sure others have tried it, I have had really good success using it.

    I would try both the Ear Cleanser and the Otic solution and use as directed.

    Here is a link to the Otic product. Over 1000 reviews with over 900 of them 5 star. I was pretty shocked of how well people thought this product was.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungerland View Post
    But I have found a wonderful product on Amazon called Zymox. Im sure others have tried it, I have had really good success using it.

    I'll 2nd the zymox! That's what we use for Bruin's ears. It keeps coming back though, so there's some sort of underlying issue we need to figure out. They've been eating Earthborn Meadowfeast for awhile now, so I'm wondering if he's becoming allergic to lamb

    EDIT: Zymox with Hydrocortisone. The hydrocortisone really helps when he's rubbing his ears. It calms him down in about 15-20 minutes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherry View Post
    I was reading an article today in The Whole Dog Journal. It's a holistic site and you might want to take a look at it. I'm going to PM you the article it's rather lengthy
    You still have a copy of that? Remi is getting ear infections as well.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ModernFemme View Post
    You still have a copy of that? Remi is getting ear infections as well.

    I pm'd you the link, it's a really good site , one of many I bookmark
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