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My black lab's ears smell terribly. How can I clean them?

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Question by Nancy
Submitted on 2/12/2004
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My black lab's ears smell terribly.  How can I clean them?

Answer by Eric
Submitted on 2/13/2004
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Your dog have ears infection. WARNING!! never wash them with water, you can wash them with alcohol but i suggest you run to the vet and get medication. The vet will give you a special cream that you put after you clean your dog ears. It should get better in a few weeks. PS be careful when you put your fingers in your dog's ears.


Answer by Jamie
Submitted on 2/15/2004
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I have a black lab that has chronic ear infections. Along with treatment from a vet, we have put vinegar (it apparently kills the yeast) on a cotton ball. We put the cotton ball in his ear and move it around to get the gunk out. To prevent ear infections, don't take him/her swimming. The water in the ears causes infections. You may have your vet do a culture to see if the infection is yeast or bacterial. Good luck!


Answer by paige
Submitted on 3/6/2004
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dont know stupid butt hole people


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Answer by Dee
Submitted on 4/11/2004
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Clean their ears out with 1/1 ratio of Peroxide and Betadine for one week, it won't burn any open cuts like alcohol. If that doesn't work, contact the vet.


Answer by Your Daddy
Submitted on 9/30/2004
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I've found that in other situations, Vinegar does an amazing job.  haven't tried on my dogs ears, but it should work also.  also, i think anyone following advice from this website, should also continue the treatment until the infection is gone completely.  I'mtalking from experience.  my vet told 2 weeks, after 2 more weeks, the infection came back, 2 fold.


Answer by jojo
Submitted on 3/1/2005
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My lab mix had this problem.  There is a simple very inexpensive answer that works for yeast infections in dogs ears.  Cream that females use such as Vagasil.  It works!!!!!  Use every other day using cotton balls to clean before the next application.  Treat until gone.  Use as needed as soon as the next outbreak starts.


Answer by Good advice man
Submitted on 3/26/2005
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try putting your penis in his ear


Answer by Jen
Submitted on 7/4/2005
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The Vet told me never to use peroxide with my dog's ears.  He said that a byproduct is water, which is not good for their ears!  I use a simple ear wash from a pet store that seems to help this situation.


Answer by CEECEE
Submitted on 7/15/2005
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Answer by Chris
Submitted on 7/22/2005
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My yellow lab has ear infections all the time. i was buying the medicine the vet gave me but it gets costly so i was wondering if i could put 1 part vinegar and 1 part alcohol in her ear. That is what my doctor told me to put in my ears when i have an ear infection and i was wondering if it would do the same thing as the vets medicine


Answer by teri
Submitted on 9/4/2005
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My lab gets these ear infections once a year.  My vet prescribed Clavamox for 1 week and then we clean her ear with EPI OPTIC and then put some Otomax ointment to treat the yeast infection.  This works when the infection is really bad. Other times of the year we just use 3 parts water to 1 part apple cider vinegar.  Hope this helps.


Answer by Rachel
Submitted on 11/27/2005
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i just use peoxide and clean my black labs ears once a week


Answer by Jeepsrfun
Submitted on 12/30/2006
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Thanks for the advice...


Answer by g-mann
Submitted on 1/13/2007
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My question is.Ihave a sheltie with one ear that smell bad her left ear . What should I do?


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