Posted : 8/14/2007 9:43:10 PM
I've got an English cocker whose ears were swelled SHUT when we took him 3 years ago (and he's about 8 now). Ohhh his ears were SO bad.
Allergies can cause recurring ear infections -- hot spots develope IN the ear canals which can lead not just to yeasty infections but also *deep* bacterial infections.
Honestly all of you who are fighting this need to have your vet do a "culture and sensitivity" FIRST. Often to keep costs down vets will just hand over tube after tube of yeast drops or even something mild like genticin. But unless that bacteria is CULTURED so they know *exactly * what bacteria it is and what will kill it (that's what the 'sensitivity' part does -- it will give you a list of what drugs will kill it and in what order!!).
Once that's ascertained and treated -- I have used the Blue Power Ear Solution (from the old AOL cocker board!) with super super success. It won't kill a bacterial infection but it's SUPER for yeasty ears.
Then for maintenance I like Zymox a lot -- it's enzymatic and keeps the ears nice and clean but helps you cope with the allergy stuff too.
But please -- don't just expect your vet to 'know' -- often they won't suggest an expensive test (the c & S is about $100) BUT if you don't get the ear infections stopped and the inflammation goes on and on ... then the ear canals ossify and suddenly you've got a dog whose ears *can't* respond to drugs because the blood supply to the ear has been cut off.
This is my second cocker -- the first one came to us with 'bad ears' -- and I had a vet who screwed around and didn't give me anything strong enough to FIX it and I didn't know about the C & S. By the time the bacteria was diagnosed the ears had ossified and we had to do bi-lateral ear ablations on him -- literally they REMOVE the ears surgicially -- don't let it go. Sorry -- I've 'been there done that' -- getting a diagnosis and getting the infections FIXED is soooooo important.