Swimmers Ear… - Canine Rehabilitation | Gone To The Dogs - Alaska

I think my dogs will be doing less wild swimming this year, thanks so much.
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Watch out for blue-green algae when your dog takes a refreshing dip! Hot weather also means a bloom of blue-green algae on many lakes and ponds. This alga is toxic for dogs and can be fatal. Blue-green algae are mostly present in late summer/early fall, but they can occur any time conditions are ripe. Even a small amount ingested can kill your dog within an hour. You also need to be careful of algae in swimming pools. If he drinks from the pool, they are absorbing all that chlorine, algaecides and baking soda that was added to turn your pool from swamp green to sparkling blue. This has the potential to make your dog very ill.
My favorite tip was that its important to dry your dog’s ears after they have been swimming!
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From treating acne to killing ants, boric acid has a ton of uses—including preventing ear infections. Kassell recommends sprinkling some of the powder in your dog’s ears after swimming or bathing, and even uses boric acid to treat some mild infections. “It makes the ears a less favorable place for yeast and bacteria to grow,” she explains of the acidity. Because boric acid shouldn’t be swallowed or inhaled, be careful to protect your dog’s (and your own!) eyes, nose and mouth. Yes sir, worked for us too. We spent a lot of time in the water with the heat waves and sure enough our dogs BOTH got swimmers ear.
Photo provided by FlickrJust curious if it is possible for dogs to get swimmers ear and how many other pups/dogs like to swim under the water?
Photo provided by FlickrDogs Get Swimming Ear, Too - William H. Craig, DVM
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I have been asked what can be used as a routine ear cleaner for dogs that swim a lot and are prone to get regular ear infections after swimming or bathing. There are a couple of different ear cleaning home recipes that you can make up yourself and use in dogs that have normal, healthy ears, but sometimes get this problem. But taking the plunge can create painful problems for our ears. Our pet’s are no different. Dogs can develop chronic “swimmer’s ear” from water that gets lodged in the ear canal after a dip in the water. Because of the shape of a dog’s descending ear canal, it is difficult for water to drip out. The moisture left over in the ear canal is the perfect environment for ear infectionsSWIMMER'S EAR

Net Contents 4 FL. OZ. (120 mL)

Swimmer's Ear Astringent is a unique drying gel and deodorant formulated to help maintain a moisture free environment.

SD-Alcohol 40, Deionized Water, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Chloroxylenol, AMP, Fragrance, FD&C Blue No. 1

Clean ear canal prior to application. Apply a thin coating into ear canal. Massage base of the ear. To help maintain a moisture free environment, use once or twice weekly on a routine basis. Apply after swimming or bathing. May be used daily or as directed by veterinarian.

Keep out of reach of children. Do not apply to irritated or excoriated ears. Do not apply to ears with ruptured tympanic membranes. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. If contact occurs, immediately flush with water. If irritation or redness occurs, discontinue use and consult a veterinarian.

Store this product at room temperature.

DIRECTIONSThere is something you can do to help prevent the development of swimmer’s ear. After your dog is finished playing in the water, take a towel, cover your dog’s ear, and gently shake their head. This will keep any excess water from settling in your dog’s ear canal. Cats are susceptible, too. When bathing, water can get trapped in pet’s ear canals and cause the same kind of infection.The telltale sign of swimmer’s ear is a dark smelly discharge from the dog’s ear. The most common signs that your dog has excess moisture in their ears or is at the start of an ear infection is head shaking, pawing at their ears, scratching at their ears, redness inside the ears and reacting painfully when the ears are touched.Dogs with big ears or fluffy ear canals, active dogs, swimming dogs, bush dogs, beach dogs – all are at risk of getting foreign material stuck in their ears. The build up may cause irritation. This is the most appropriate irritation to treat with cleaning the ear canal before an infection gets hold.