Smelly Dog Ears – Looks like it’s that time of year

Who would have guessed that my posts on Samson’s smelly, brown, gross, yeast-filled ears would be some of the larger hits on the site? Samson.

Having any luck? What are you doing?

I’m way behind in cleaning his ears, but having to move an entire house with 2 kiddos 2 and under doesn’t make it very easy. Like usual lately, “I’ll do it tomorrow.”


Dog ears that still smell

So Samson’s ears are still funky and getting worse. What seemed to be a “new” funk appears to be the usual yeast, brown, gross funk. Allergies have crept in, his immune system gets taken for a ride, and it’s itch itch itch.

I need to stay on top of cleaning them frequently. Temaril-P has worked well for him in the past. No itching, no scratching. Side effects include a slightly lower energy level (but not that noticeable) and a reduction in shedding. The shedding issue is actually quite nice as there is less yellow lab dog hair all over our house, our clothes, etc. BUT, when it’s spring leading to summer and his winter coat is still falling out, I don’t think it’s the best time to halt that process. Not sure if this is a common side effect or something I’m just making up. In the past it seems like this is what happens all the time, so I don’t think I’m making it up. It sure does relieve the itching.

I have another concern. He takes phenobarb (low dose) and the last thing I want is more drugs in his system that might tax his liver and system. He’s just about 7 years old and high maintenance enough (2 knee surgeries, a 4-night stay in the hospital, allergy-free dog food, etc.). Cleaning his ears is definitely a pain and takes a decent amount of time to do it right. With 2 boys two-years old and under, time and energy are a precious commodity.

But I don’t want him to itch this bad. It also gets a bit old watching and listening to him grind his tongue (ear muffs) in and around his butt (one of his itchy places). Sounds like a suction cup or something. Yes, gross. Grosser than just reading it, that’s for sure.

So we’ll see what’s next. We’ve used some drops on top of cleaning them, and that has kept things at bay in the past, but we’re just holding off the inevitable until we deal with the source, and dealing with the source pretty much includes just taking the Temaril-P since we won’t be moving until the end of the summer (and no guarantee that will work either).

Any luck? Is your lab or other type of dog allergic to everything under the sun? Any ways to combat this without drugging up your loved, 4-legged family member?