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    Looking to see if anyone has suggestions for chronic problem with my BLM

    Consistently has ear infection and the latest on we can't seem to kick.

    Went through a two week course of prescribed meds and no water work. Still had the problem.

    Had him sedated and checked for debris or other foreign body. While sedated cleaned out all of the bacteria. No water for 10 days. Maintenance doses of meds during the 10 days on a daily basis. Infection back.

    Not an allergy as it is in only one ear.

    Tried the old mixture of diluted vinegar and alcohol. Infection continued.

    No other symptoms. Activity level still good, alert, no stomach problems, change in diet etc...

    Not sure what to try next.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks~

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    You might try Lotrimin. It is drops andcomes in a small plastic container.

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    My old guy's ear has a chronic ear infection. The vet gave me Oti Scrub to put in their ears post swim. He also gave me some Malacetic Acid to put in when the ear smells. It is a combo of acetic acid and boric acid. It is working. Need to ask your vet for these meds b/c you don't just want to try any remedy and get a worse infection. I know this go round of ear infections there was no antibiotic given. He seems to be swaying from that idea esp too frequently. Anyways too much antibiotic they could become resistant. Good luck.
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    ive been around the block with this problem.
    the BEST info Ive found has been written by vet vet Rod Rosychuk from colorado state U.
    do a search for other papers by him for more info or call him directly.
    search also for other articles by him at district of columbia academy veterinary medicine inc. www.dcavm,org
    scroll down page of this link to the Otitis Externa section.
    MUST READ for anyone fighting ear problems or atopic problems too.

    http://www.dcavm.org/05apr.html

    this isnt the only article and may not have info you need. just first article I found in my favs.
    there are others so search deeper and/or ill dig around some more.

    OK here ya go.
    read this one too. Save to favorites in your canine heath folder too.
    http://www.dcavm.org/03jan.htm
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    It may still be allergies. My black lab had chronic ear problems in one ear only. We switched to a food that contains no corn and the ear issues are a thing of the past.
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    everybody read the papers i linked to. gets a little technical but you'll learn something for sure.
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    this is good info from the DVM360 website.
    http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com....jsp?id=179408
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    Thanks Breck. Some interesting material and plenty to digest. I wonder if some of the bedding we have or towels we use for him might be a contributor. to bacteria- mites-etc

    Sugarwoods, interesting to hear you had a similar problem in only one ear and it was an allergy. I discussed changing his food with the vet but she was on the allergy fence due to one ear as well. Definitely worth a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breck View Post
    everybody read the papers i linked to. gets a little technical but you'll learn something for sure.
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    this is good info from the DVM360 website.
    http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com....jsp?id=179408
    Still have to visit the vet and get a swab to identify the organism.
    I copied this from your info Breck:

    All otitis cases require swab cytology of the otic exudate.

    Just to be certain. Good info you suggested. Thanks for sharing.
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    My dog also had chronic ear infection, in one ear. Switched her to venison & sweet potato diet and she has been good for past 3 years

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    The old standby purple stuff?
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