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January 30th, 2008, 11:03 AM
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Here's a q for the gang. Anyonw ever have ear probs such as infection in their pups? My little male has one right now, now he's as hairy as a mop dog, lol One reason he was fixed, I just don't dig all that hair on a JRT. But it seems it's also cuased him to have an ear infection, due to hair blocking the ear canal and not letting enough air in to vent it. Anyone else ever have that prob?
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January 30th, 2008, 12:10 PM
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Nope, no ear infections here and both my puppy and my female, although Boxers, have floppy ears as we did not crop either of them.
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January 30th, 2008, 12:30 PM
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it's seemed to be somthing associated with the amount of hair from what I've foudn out, around the ear. JRT's are also bred for flop ears, and I've never had a prob with 'em before on any of my other dogs, but again I've never had on that looked like a mop with four legs either lol.
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January 30th, 2008, 12:33 PM
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Have you tried plucking the hair inside the ear, much like you would with a Poodle? It might help?
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February 2nd, 2008, 04:36 PM
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My mum has a labradoodle and he can get TONS of hair in his ears. My mum has to get it plucked either at the vet or a groomers otherwise he gets infections. We have a beagle and he gets them every once in while because his ears dip in his water! lol (His ears are a tad longer than standard.)
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February 2nd, 2008, 04:48 PM
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Cooper has chronic ear infections
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February 4th, 2008, 05:07 PM
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Havent had a problem with any of my dogs. Smokie was a cocker, and they have problems with ears, but he never had any problem with his. I just kept them cleaned and when he was groomed, they cut around the insides to keep all the hair out.

Fluff will be the same.
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February 12th, 2008, 03:26 PM
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Chronic ear infections in dogs is often due to allergies, typically food allergies. It could also be parasites, such as fleas and mites, which can be remedied with parasite medication.

It is best to clean your dog's ears regularly, using white vinegar because the acetic acid will help clean the ear of dirt, etc and also helps eliminate harmful bacteria that increases yeast in the ear canals. This should be done in combination with necessary grooming, specifically plucking or trimming the hair in the ears.

Change your dogs food to a high quality or homemade diet that doesn't contain corn (preferably completely grain free) or artificial additives and preservatives. The cheap brands, those that contain the above ingredients, increase the production of wax in the ears as well as causing the allergic reaction caused by disrupting the balance of good and bad bacteria.
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February 12th, 2008, 04:17 PM
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Thanks for the info Stacey, i'll keep it mind. He's on a great kibble at the moment and doesn't have mite or fleas.
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Thanks for the info Stacey, i'll keep it mind. He's on a great kibble at the moment and doesn't have mite or fleas.[/b]
Maybe he is allergic to something in his current diet. Is it grain free? What kind of meat does it contain? Many dogs can have allergies to beef and chicken. If that is the protein source of his current food perhaps you could try switching to a formula with fish, duck, venison or any variety of other protein sources.

I know how frustrating the ear infections can be, not to mention stinky. I used to have a JRT, this was prior to my dog nutrition epiphany, and his ears would always stink from the chronic infections.
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