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nwalek

USA
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Posted - 08/12/2012 :  9:21:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
maybe a question for the vets here. dog has black crud in his ears. I am reading it could be ear mites, a bacterial infection, just dirt?

if i clean them out with a q-tip, how soon would it come back if it was something more serious then him just living outside on the dirt? what other symptoms would i be looking for? is it fine to just use a q-tip or should i be cleaning them with a vinegar solution?

TIA, NORM

endurancekennels

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Posted - 08/13/2012 :  08:36:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit endurancekennels's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I had a young dog that had thick waxy black stuff in the ear. It ended up being some type of yeast? I guess it's common. I flushed it out with a solution and cleaned it with a rag and q-tips. Stuff stopped coming back after a week.

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Edited by - endurancekennels on 08/13/2012 08:36:41 AM
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nwalek

USA
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Posted - 08/13/2012 :  12:32:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
its nice to have access to a microscope :) Ear mites.

i guess the more important questions, what is the recommended treatment and are they known carriers of yeast and bacteria. thanks.
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RSmith

USA
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Posted - 08/14/2012 :  06:49:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit RSmith's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If its known mites, they are highly contagious. You should treat the entire kennel and FINISH the cycle of treatment. Whatever the bottle says. I got some over the counter stuff that did the trick. I think they have a 3 week life cycle so must repeat in 3 weeks.
Also, OTHER cleaning of the ears may be needed with a gentile wash.
Infection and yeast may or may not be an effect, and if so might have to use some antibiotics too.

Roy Smith
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doggirl

Canada
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Posted - 08/14/2012 :  3:02:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If it is yeast you have to remove the black crud or it will just keep feeding new yeast and or bacteria. Q-tips are not good at getting the crud you can't see - flushing the ear with a good earwash is a better idea. Fill the ear canal with the cleaner and squoosh it around for a bit and then let dog shake it out.

Lynn Cheffins
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Lee

Canada
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Posted - 08/14/2012 :  8:15:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We brought a new girl into our kennel this spring. She came with ear mites. After the ears were cleaned out at the vet, he told us straight 1% ivermectin into the ear
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