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Posted by laurie on November 19, 2010

I wanted to get a shot of Stanley on the bed, to show you how (unintentionally) our new down comforter matches the boys! But the bed is where I have been putting drops into his ears for the past couple of days and he would have nothing to do with it. Pretty smart beagle. Stan was shaking his head the other night and when I stuck my fingers into his ears, one came out kind of gunky (technical term). I know you’re supposed to bring him in to see the vet, but I (unilaterally) decided that I would treat him with the same medicine as last time (a year ago). I must admit that I do not do clean the boys’ ears on a regular basis, and I should. Do you?

37 Responses to “Gunk”

  1. Susan in DE said

    Oh, the joys of ear cleaning! I’m better about that than brushing teeth (they just want to eat the toothbrush and chicken flavored toothpaste), but still not good about it. I do more ear cleaning in the summer than the winter. At the risk of sounding like I’m proselytizing, we’ve had way fewer ear problems (not entirely gone, but fewer) with both Josie and Jordan since switching to an almost all raw diet. I initially started down that path to try to manage Jordan’s chronic colitis (which is now completely gone — no incidents in over two years), and both dogs are thriving on it.

    • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

      I try to brush Cody’s and Henry’s teeth daily. However, they too try to eat the beef-flavored stuff and chew the toothbrushes, so it’s a challenge. After reading some of the posts today, I vowed to use ear rinse from the vet to keep their ears as clean as possible. Henry had an ear infection a couple of months ago that I didn’t even know about until the vet checked his ears during a routine checkup. Cody shakes his head quite a bit and scratches at his ears, so a regular rinsing and degunking will be routine at our house. Next time he goes for his checkup I will have the vet check his ears again, although a few months ago when he had the same problem they said he didn’t have an infection. These beagles . . . such problems and such joys!

  2. Jeri said

    I clean Sammy & Millie’s ears on a regular basis and Sammy’s ears are always clean but Millie’s…well that’s another story! I don’t know what’s going on in there but I have to clean her ears out like every other day as she seems to get so much wax build up and I also have started using the ear meds again that I was given for her almost a year ago ’cause her one ear seems a little irritated. They are both due to go to the vet in two weeks so I will ask just what is going on, why so much wax.

  3. Sue Barney & Jodi's Mom said

    Jodi has terrible ear problems and I have to clean them alot. Unfortunately I am not as diligent as I should be. I have ear wash that I use to clean her ear, then 30 mins later I am suppose to use this gel stuff….right. She won’t let me near her. Barney on the other hand has consistently clean ears. What a good boy. I have heard that many many problems are relieved by switching to a raw diet. Susan, do you use the “commercial” raw diet or do you make up your own?
    Thanks, Sue

    • Susan in DE said

      I do a little of everything … Bravo frozen venison, a dab of Honest Kitchen “Force”, sometimes Primal frozen (although Jordan gets itchy if we feed him their beef formula), and I throw in some Innova Evo reduced fat kibble for crunch. We also use FasTrack probiotics with dinner. I also have been known to give them raw ground turkey, and when Jordan had his inner ear/vertigo/equilibrium issues in the summer, I made turkey meatballs to tempt him (I’ll post that recipe some time in the next week as a Thanksgiving treat if anyone’s interested). Both dogs are major gulpers, I don’t dare give them some of the other recommended raw feed treats like turkey necks, the dopes would choke on dog biscuits if I don’t break them into tiny pieces. And it’s possible Josie would kill Jordan and take his away.

  4. Bobbie (Casey & Dexter's mom) said

    Yes, I do clean out our boys’s ears , Dexter was having a lot of problems with his left ear, now I clean them once or twice a week, no more problems. I would like to ask for your prayers, Dexter who is nine years old has a lump on his right paw, he is currently taking antibiotics to see if this will will help, if not he will need surgery . Please pray for my little guy that this will go away and is not cancer. Then there is my little man Casey who at 12 years old has heart problems he was just put on digoxin this makes the 7th pill that he takes daily. Hopefully the digoxin will help. He could also use your prayers.

    • Sue Barney & Jodi's Mom said

      absolutely will pray for your boys and you.

    • Lucy M. said

      Where is your little Dexter’s lump – on the bottom of his paw or the top? My little Lucy had one on the bottom and almost between here “toes”. The vet tested it and said it wasn’t cancerous. It almost looked like a blister that just grew under her fur. Topical ointment took care of it. Just sharing in case this is just a “beagle thing”. Hope your little guys will be OK!

      • Bobbie (Casey & Dexter's mom) said

        It is on the top of his paw, close to his nails it also almost looks like a blister, I’ve been putting neosporin on it too. Thanks for your sharing I hope that is all it is.

      • Lucy M. said

        That sounds like what Lucy had. I wonder if there is something in her diet that might be contributing to this…it didn’t seem to bother her but I understand your concern. At the time, her vet also mentioned that if it was cancerous, he’d have to remove her “toe”. Everything worked out, though. We’re sending prayers your way!!! Aroo!

      • Maureen said

        My older dog Jake has something like that…the vet thought it was a wart but we are heading back in for a check up tomorrow…it has grown and seems more purple in color…I wish they had little pop up flags telling us what ailes them….we all know hungry would be the flag that is permanently up! 🙂

    • Scooby's Mom said

      Prayers for both Dexter & Casey coming from Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Hopefully everything will be alright.

    • Lois said

      Definitely – prayers for your boys!

    • Carol said

      Prayers and love for Casey and Dexter

    • Harper said

      Prayers & puppy smoochies for Casey & Dexter from California

    • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

      Dexter and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Martha M said

      Prayers from Martha and Shiloh in Richmond, Virginia. Shiloh is living proof of the power of the DD family’s prayers!!! Please keep us posted.

  5. Patty Phoebe and Nadine's mommy said

    Nadine had a nasty yeast infection in her ear a few months ago not long after we adopted her. The vet warned me that this would probably be a chronic issue with her. After using the drops the vet gave us it cleared up right away.
    I also started feeding “my girls” a tablespoon of plain non-fat yogurt every morning and since tht time, their ears are clean as can be, no odor and no ear gunk to speak of. I’m not sure if there is any connection but, I seem to think so.

  6. Amy said

    Winston has very clean ears, but my boyfriend is obsessed with cleaning them anyway. He does it once a week. Normally he is on the toilet and Winston comes to say hello…. The paper, the beagle, and a convenient sitting position all come together 🙂

  7. Marie said

    Uh, no, I don’t…If it has to be done, my husband will do it and Seamus knows a treat comes after it and runs to the kitchen cabinet. A lot of my beagle friends from the old AOL board swear by yogurt, giving a dollop twice a day. Seamus loves yogurt…but then again there is not much that Seamus does not like!!! I do give it to Seamus but probably not as often as I should.

  8. As soon as Trumbo sees the bottle with the ear rinse, he runs to the hills (the bedroom), but his ears have been pretty clean of late. Lola the Lab has had some black olive gunk (her ears smell like cured black olives) and she’s been shaking her head. This has been a recurring problem for the past four years so we have all the supplis on hand.

  9. Patty said

    I must clean one of the my beagles ears at least 2x a week. The other gal maybe 1 -2x a month…I think she enjoys it she comes in the bathroom and lays down on the carpet! Spa time! LOL !!

  10. Trixie's Mom said

    We’d clean the girls’ ears while petting. I always seem to have an unused-but-clean tissue in my pocket, so I’d use that as a hanky and stick my finger in their ear and rub, rub, rub. They loved it, cocking their heads so I could rub in I tried not to look at the tissue afterwards 😉

  11. Liz Fyfe said

    I’ll admit, I’m not as regular in doing it as I should either. But my Shiloh will get an infection if I don’t do it at least every 2-4 weeks. I actually cleaned them last night, they were looking a little red, which is usually the indicator of something to come. A few months back she got an infection, I felt so bad for neglecting her! I also cleaned her teeth last night….which we should do more often too!

  12. Tony B & Avery said

    My Beagle-Mix Avery had cronic ear problems. I had to go to the vet for the treatment of ear drops and anti-biotics every 6 months. After the 3rd time, I asked the vet if there was any treatment to prevent this gunk. She prescribed checking the ears twice a week with a thin washcloth (the type you get a dozen for $5) and giving her a squirt of Zymox in each ear 1 or 2 times a week. She has been on this treatment for about 1-1/2 years and it has kept the problem completely under control. She doesn’t mind it a bit. She will even cock her head to make it easier for me to check her ears and squirt in the Zymox.
    I undersand that this is a problem with Beagles and all long eared dogs. Check with your vet and see what they think.

  13. Wendy and Scooter said

    I find that I need to clean out Scooter’s ears thoroughly once a week (that is, with the ear clean substances squeezed into the inner ear) or they start to bother him. And I clean them lightly on a regular basis. My mother has a regular routine after walking her basset every morning which includes wiping out the ears.

  14. Spunky's Mom said

    I have to confess, we are not good about cleaning Spunky’s ears. Her ears (fortunately) tend to be pretty clean. She’s only had two ear infections in the ten years we’ve had her, so we tend to be a little lazy about holding her down, squirting the ears, wiping the ears, then watching her shake her head all over as she runs away. She resists anything that requires being held in one place – including tooth brushing. The vet says it’s time to bring her in to have her teeth cleaned. That means having her put under, which always makes me nervous….

  15. ChristyACB said

    I don’t either on purpose. Vet said they didn’t need it so much and that doing it too much will actually make them more suspectible to infections and produce more wax.

    So, we go once every couple of months for handy ear check and cleaning if necessary, butt examination and a squeeze if necessary and a very shiny full on oral deep clean.

    I do brush teeth once or twice a week at home though.

    Ear problems really did diminish once I followed the vets advice and put a spoonful of plain, nonfat yogurt in their food dishes twice a day with meals. Plus they love it. Super PLUS is that I can stick Boscoe’s pill into the yogurt and be sure they will be slurped up.

    I love the smell of a good clean beagle dome head…don’t you?

  16. Scooby's Mom said

    I don’t worry too much about Scooby’s ears. He’s had 3 ear infections in 11 years. I do make sure I dry them out well after he has his bath (once a month or so) because our vet said bacteria likes to grow in damp warm areas.

  17. Nancy in AZ said

    I clean ours out about once a month but inspect them regularly, almost every day. Before putting medicine in ears, use an ear wash/cleaner if you can.

  18. Patty in San Jose said

    I used to clean Maggie’s ears (her long basset ears would get quite smelly and dirty) about 2x week and she would still get the occansional infections. I would use baby wipes to clean the parts I could reach and the clensing solution that would go into the ear canal (she hated that part). But once they got infected then we would go to the vet. Kelley the beagle rarely had any ear issues but her teeth and anals were another story!

  19. Lois said

    We’re not as good about ear-cleaning as we should be – maybe once a month or so unless Sherry seems to have an infection. She hasn’t had as many ear infections so far as Andy did.

  20. Sue K said

    Huey has had ear issues since we adopted him in 1999 – they certainly haven’t improved with age either. I do the same – and re-use leftover stuff (another technical term) from the vet. I also use over the counter ear cleaner which helps. Like you, I am not consistent and the yeast just tends to build up. His is actually so bad our vet has put him on Benadryl twice a day. It has helped a bit. Our vet has also suggested yogurt added to his food, which seems to help more than the Benadryl. He also has to stay away from dry food which flares it up. I really think Huey is just allergic to the cats!

  21. Kate said

    We’ve been lucky that our boys’ ears are relatively clean.

  22. radar's sissy said

    i clean radars ears so often they are almost always spotless… he has very gunky ears and has medicine to get some gunk out… we dont have a toothbrush for him yet im getting on my parents for one though since radar is teething!!!

  23. Nadine Wiseman said

    I clean the basset’s ears twice a week with Epiotic, which squirts down the canal. I heard a sad story once about a beagle whose ear go so badly infected they had to operate and remove the inside bits and close it over, so when you lifted up the ear, there was nothing there! That’s haunted me and is a strong motivation for regular cleaning.

    I also clean their teeth every second day with the dog toothpaste (beef flavoured) and regular toothbrushes. Bailey is very good about it but Finlay wriggles a lot. He recently had to go under anaesthetic to have his teeth properly cleaned, so now I am trying to be firm about it.

    So what with the eye drops for glaucoma, we have “Eyes and ears and mouth and nose” (well, a kiss on the nose)!

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