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Old 07-08-2018, 10:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 5 month old who ears get wet eating and when outside. He just got diagnosed with ear infection.
Any suggestions bowls or something to wear so ears don’t get wet.
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I don't think his infection is to do with the ears 'getting wet' when outside/eating. Of course the long ears will get wet but that's easily put right by a quick towelling down!! Ears and undercarriage both. You could have him wear a snood, but frankly why bother? I'd suggest they are better with 'free air' circulating.


Ear infections happen but shouldn't have anything to do with the lower ends of the ears being wet!!
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"Ear infections happen but shouldn't have anything to do with the lower ends of the ears being wet!!"

absolutely correct , a snood if anything will make ear infections more likely. However "spaniel bowls With their narrow opening and wide base tend to help in keeping ears out of the food and drinking bowl


Best way to prevent them is weekly ear cleaner with some sort of drying agent, Alcohol or witch hazel in US. those in UK swear by thornit powder.
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Best way to prevent them is weekly ear cleaner with some sort of drying agent, Alcohol or witch hazel in US. those in UK swear by thornit powder.

I have never had much improvement with Thornit - with a basset's ears, it's hard, I found, to get the powder down where it's needed.

The cleaner I currently have is alcohol based, but the bottle doesn't last long. I have a bottle of witch hazel in the bathroom cupboard however, and would love to know how best to administer this please?
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same way as with alcohol. Poor in ear mush fluid around by massaging base of ear. let dog shake fluid out wipe out side of ear with cotton swabs or pads.


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https://dogcare.dailypuppy.com/clean...azel-2710.html

https://youtu.be/WBeknQ9ejVg


this is how I do it
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Thanks M - I'll have to use my spare metacam syringe to get the WH into the ear. Probably going to be cheaper than buying other commercial cleaners!
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Don't know bout Jolly ol England but this side of the Pond can get Syringes of appropriate size at farm supply stores like TSC https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/se...saAkRbEALw_wcB
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Don't know bout Jolly ol England but this side of the Pond can get Syringes of appropriate size at farm supply stores like TSC https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/se...saAkRbEALw_wcB

I'd not have to buy .... my vet has often given me a replacement syringe (for the Metacam) when the grading has worn off.
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