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If you have a dog, maybe you can help me out.


Takoda is driving me crazy shaking his head like he has a bug, or
something in his ear's. The last time he had his bath I made sure to
keep the water out of them, so it can't be that. If you have a dog how
do you clean their ear's out with out hurting them. I don't want to take
him to the vet just for the vet to tell me to use something I already
have at home, or to give me the same kind of ear drops people can use
only at a much higher price. My husband is out of town working right
now, so I can't take him to the vet right now. He's just to big and
crazy in the car for me to handle on my own. Any suggestions would be
very helpful, for both of us!

Nov 24, 2011 @ 08:41 am

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I could be wrong but I think Ive heard if they shake there head/tilt it/or shake there ear its a ear infection or ear mites.Look in his ear to see if there's any black specks if not it may be a ear infection.
Nov 24, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

adding to last post

my last post wouldn't let me finish what I was saying...anyways maybe call a vet and ask there advise they may suggest some cheap drops you can pick up..just explain to them you have no way to get into the vet.good luck!
Nov 24, 2011 @ 12:04 pm


Heyo, my dogs always act like that after a bath. A good way to prevent it is by putting a little cotton lightly in their ears before each bath. And if they're still doing it after I usually use a good liquid ear cleaner (drops) you can get at any store selling pet supplies. But if it's STILL bad after a day or two I would take him/her to the vet because it might be something serious.
Nov 24, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

Thanks Ladies

Bren I already looked in his ear's and yes he does have kind of black
yuck in them, but I'm not sure if that's just from rolling in my garden.
The brat like's to roll in the mud when ever he can find it!LOL It must
have something to do with being a water dog, although he hate's the
bath tub. I'll

Ladyflash I never even thought about putting cotton in his ear's, I'll
have to remember that for his next bath. I was thinking of trying baby
oil and some Q Tips, do you think that would be pretty much the same as
the ear cleaner stuff they sell? If nothing else works I will give the
vet a call and see if he can help me with out having to bring him in. My
vet's pretty money hungry, so he probably won't tell me a thing unless I
do take him in. If it comes down to it Takoda will just have to wait
until Dec when daddy gets home to see the vet.

Thanks again ladies, all take all the help I can get. After all he's not just a pet to me he's family.
Nov 24, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

baby oil..

hmmm not sure. I think the ear drops have more of an antibacterial property than baby oil. But it won't hurt to give it a try! :)
Nov 24, 2011 @ 01:20 pm

Your right

The baby oil would just clean what I can see out, but wouldn't do much else to help the real problem.
Nov 24, 2011 @ 01:28 pm

Cotton Balls w/Baby Oil

We have a Shetland Sheepdog who has been doing the same thing. Like your dog, Bandit has black specks on the flap of his ear and also some in the inner part. We lightly soak a cotton ball in baby oil and then place it in the ear canal. I rub it rather agressively (or so my husband says - lol) but it cleans a lot of the "gunk" out and Bandit seems quite content. Less shaking happening!
Nov 24, 2011 @ 01:35 pm


This blackish color stuff that I can see really looks more like wet dirt, so I'm going to give the baby oil a try first. If that doesn't help then I'll move on to the next thing.
Your puppy sound very cute, do you have any pic of him we can see. I already have a few of Takoda on my page, if you haven't seen him take a look at the big baby.
Nov 24, 2011 @ 03:27 pm

Scratchy ears

Our toy poodle was a big ear shaker/scratcher at one point last year as well. Our first trip to the vets they just gave us a generic ear drop and said that should help......it did not. He kept scratching and the skin on his ears got quite red.....though I'm not sure if that was from the problem or the scratching. Either way, our THIRD trip to the vet seemed to do the trick. We were prescribed a different kind of drop.....which worked wonders and we haven't had another problem since. I can't remember what it's called.....and it's in another room with someone sleeping right now.....but I'll check it out tomorrow morning and post back......if your dog doesn't get better maybe you can request these from your vet to at least try. I don't believe the bottle was too expensive......less than $20.....and for a really decent amount. Our previous dog did get ear infections quite a bit....but we could usually tell the difference between those and something else.....as an ear infection would make him all mopey and pouty since he wasn't feeling well.
Nov 24, 2011 @ 09:40 pm


Sorry, No dog :(
Dec 04, 2011 @ 09:35 pm

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