If one gets yeast, which is VERY COMMON in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs, we sue the flush below. Many Frenchies can suffer from YEAST in the EARS. In the meantime just regular cleaning should suffice. I would mix 50% WHITE VINEGAR and 50% WATER and make a flush out of that and flush and clean the ears twice a month. This should be suffice and should prevent any infections or yeast in most of them and what I do for my own dogs.
If you see a Vet, most Vets will continue to prescribe meds and antibiotics
with no long term cure. Antibiotics do nothing for yeast infections except
mask the symptoms to only have the yeast return and antibiotics only wreak
havoc on the system by weakening the immune system and stripping the gut
of the good bacteria (probiotics), etc... as you can see I am not a fan
of them. I had a Retriever that suffered from chronic yeast infections
in her ears and nothing the Vets gave her worked for years and years until
I tried a home remedy I found online for cocker spaniels, go figure. It
does contain alcohol and the Frenchies don't like it too much BUT IT WORKS!!!!
This new stuff I found called ZYMOX, it's all natural enzymes and hydrocortizone
is supposed to work great, but I usually use the cocker spaniel formula
(here's the link: http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html
), I only use the Zymox if the ear is raw. Look up ZYMOX for Ear Infections
on Amazon. The Flush we use is below....
***Ear Flush Cleaner***
Chilly is our Model :)Many French Bulldogs suffer from yeast build up in the ears. I found this recipe online years ago from a Cocker Spaniel breeder. It worked on our Retriever after 7 years of Chronic yeast and no medicine the Vet gave me for her ever worked. Frustrated I looked online for help and found this miracle. We clean our Frenchies ears with it twice a month, just flush them out. If they have yeast build up we use it daily for a week and then a few times a week the 2nd week and voila, problem solved.
Look inside the ear canal. If the skin has a red tint to it, or if you smell a cheesy smell, or if you see any kind of discharge, usually brownish or yellowish... you've probably got an ear infection in there. Ear infections can be very frustrating to treat! Veterinarians typically respond to ear infections by prescribing drops or ointments to fight the infection. My personal experience has been (and others from around the world have that share similar stories) that these treatments are not only expensive, but have a low success rate. We've had a lot better results using a very inexpensive home-made ear cleaning solution.
So, if your veterinarian's
treatment plan hasn't been working for you or you want to save your money,
try the following recipe. My experience has been that a dog with
an ear infection, if given this treatment daily, will show improvement
within a few days, and will have the problem solved completely within about
one- two weeks. After that, you only need to use this stuff every
week or two.
4 ingredients you'll need are:
*What you want is "Betadine Solution" or generic "Povidone-Iodine Solution". Be sure not to use "Betadine Scrub", which is Betadine with a detergent added.
You'll also need an empty bottle to store the solution in, and from which you will squirt the solution in to your dog's ear. We recommend a plastic bottle with a long applicator snout. You can also use one with markings on the outside that show fluid levels in ounces. This makes it very easy to measure ingredients. A great place to find these is at beauty supply stores, as they are commonly used for hair-coloring solutions. We just used a bottle we had bought to clean the dogs ears at a Pet Shop, it has a tip to help it go in the ear to flush it out. You can also buy an ear flush solution already sold for dogs, empty it out and make this solution as we did.
***What you see in the picture
above to the right, that bottle is our final product***
That's it! You're ready to move on to the hardest part now... getting your Frenchie to let you squirt this stuff inside the ear canal.
Shake Shake Chilly girl....
Applying this in to your Frenchie's ears is usually easiest if you have a two-person team... one to hold the dog still with the ear up and the other person to squirt the solution in to the ear. All you have to do is squirt it in there until you have completely filled the ear canal with cleaning solution. But don't let go of the dog quite yet. Fold the ear and use your hand to rub things around so that the ear cleaning solution gets sloshed around inside there pretty well. Keep the dog still for a minute or so... because as soon as you let go, the dog's going to shake his head, and a lot of that cleaning solution is going to go flying out. If you get any of the ear cleaning solution on your skin, wash it off, best to do it outside.
If you don't have someone who can help you hold the dog while you apply the cleaning solution, an alternative is to use a grooming table with a noose. The noose will keep the dog's head immobilized enough for you to do the job yourself. Apply the cleaning solution to your dog's ears daily until you start to see some improvement. Once things get better, you can cut back to once a week... and when you're fully satisfied with the condition of the ear you can go two weeks between treatments. The ear cleaning solution can be stored at room temperature and, as far as I know, does not go bad with time.
Should I use a cotton
ball, q-tip, Kleenex, etc. to clean out my dog's ear?
One little tip:
Your dog still won't like it, but if you save REALLY YUMMY TREATS for this
they will deal with it. I usually give some turkey slices or cheese and
while they do not like it, they get over it.
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