Apparently, ear trouble is one of the most common reasons for vet visits. If your dog shows signs of discomfort or pain be sure to visit your vet, however a regular cleaning regimen can help prevent the excess build up which can cause discomfort and infections for your pet in the first place.
As you can see from her picture, Molly has gorgeous long houndy ears. While she looks adorable she also has some not so gorgeous long ear canals to match, so is prone to ear infections.
If your dog has lovely long ears like Molly, you’ll probably find using a special Spaniel Bowl instead of a regular one will be a big help. Its narrow top is designed to keep their ears dry while they are eating and drinking.
Molly used to have recurring bacterial and fungal infections in both ears which caused her a lot of discomfort and distress, fortunately switching her food to a grain free one (Orijen) got rid of almost all of the problem within a few days, we were amazed! She also lost that little bit of extra weight she’d been carrying around and her eyes stopped running. Apparently grain or grain mite allergies are common causes of ear trouble in dogs so it’s well worth investigating a high quality grain free diet if your dog is having recurring problems. There is no “one food fits all” solution and this post is not intended to push Orijen, I’m simply relaying Molly’s grain allergy experience
Unfortunately for Molly, her right ear was still filling up with that lovely reddy brown “stuff”, not half as much as before but still enough to bother her (and us, it doesn’t smell great!) so I was off to find something to tackle the problem.
I wanted a natural remedy if possible so was excited when I got some recommendations for HappyTail’s Ear Aid. This fab kit contains a box of single use Ear Wipes and a dropper bottle containing the Ear Clear formula. The wipes are soaked in a mixture containing collodial silver to suppress bacteria and witch hazel to safely and gently clean the area, while the Ear Clear is an olive oil based formula which breaks down wax build up while helping to reduce pain and discomfort from swelling – important for poor Molly as she really digs her foot in when her ear is itchy
After a two week initial twice daily cleaning routine with the Ear Aid program, we are now to to a twice weekly maintenance clean and Molly is much happier now her ears are clear!
After seeing the great results Molly had, we decided to carry Ear Aid in our store. It is available in a pack or you can buy the Ear Wipes and Ear Clear separately if needed.