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puttin510
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posted 09-04-2003 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
Something dawned on me yesterday and I want to ask you all that have had a few dogs in your life time a question. Now my poodle used to get brown wax in her ears and was prone to ear in fections. None with the use of Thornit. My terriers ear wax is almost invisable, really only seen if dirt gets on it. My neighbors Min. pinscher gets brown wax and he gets ear infections. Do you see where I am going with this. So, Does your dogs get ear infections and if so what color is its ear wax? Does your dog that has very light ear wax get them?

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Lacey
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posted 09-04-2003 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lacey     Edit/Delete Message
Only my dogs with dark brown wax got ear infections. My Toy Poodle has light brown and doesn't get them. My Standard Poodle has dark brown and will get ear infections if I don't clean them and keep the hair plucked out. My Shar-Pei had terrible ear infections and had dark brown wax. I think you are on to something here. It looks like at least in my dogs, the ones with dark wax got infections and the ones with light wax did not. I am curious to hear what others have to say.

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puttin510
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posted 09-04-2003 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
I am too. Wouldn't that be an interesting thing to know. Say you go to pick out a dog in a litter and just look at the wax, if its brown no ,light yes. That would be interesting if the rest have similar going ons.

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rorybaby
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posted 09-05-2003 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rorybaby     Edit/Delete Message
my puppy has dark wax. Should I clean it out??? I hope he doesn't get ear infections.

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puttin510
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posted 09-06-2003 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
Yes you should be getting him used to this type of thing. Clean it out at about once a week. If he has hair inside the ear canal pluck it out. There are ear cleaning fluids that you can put in the ears. Just put it in(they are a liquid many different brands) close the ear and rub it around for a few minutes if possible. Then wipe it out with a wash cloth. You can use a Q-tip to get into the hard to get areas. Don't dig into thear where you can not see though. You can use a powder for ears after, but I have started using thornit powder around three months ago and she no longer gets the wax at all. Read about it here. www.championpets.freeserve.co.uk/ears.htm

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the_maine_pitbull
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posted 09-09-2003 10:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the_maine_pitbull     Edit/Delete Message
IMO--- regardless of wax color, you should clean your dogs ears on a regular basis.. I find the wax only turns brownish after the bacteria has already goten into the ears(s). Possibly just somethign to fight it off, or showing that it has already done started taking affect on the puppy. I had a PItbull with clearish colored wax that had the worse case of otitis I have ever encountered and trust me I have been through many.. Jekkyl my current dog had clearer wax, which turned dark brown.. he does have an infection which his treatment will end for tomorrow. The color of his wax is back to light, clearish wax. So I think it is once the bacteria has already gotten into the ear, but the infection has not yet been identified... Could be wrong though! However, another point is that people do not notice dirt and things in the ears as easily with dark colored wax as they do with light colored wax, so they do not get it out and it embeds in the ear canal and causes the infection.. could be another valuable point.. but suggestion/advice is to KEEP YOUR DOGS EARS CLEAN REGARDLES!! Let me know if you all come up with anything.. this interests me to find out the deal with it..

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puttin510
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posted 09-10-2003 09:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
With my poodle I was cleaning out her ears 2 x's a week and the wax was a small amount but always brown. When she had wax in her ears that needed to come out she would even take her foot and scratch her ear very gently and smell it. When ever she did this I would automatically clean it. Her ears did not smell and were not infected. With the thornit powder, she no longer gets brown wax. This is a miracle. I never thought there could be such a product. My terriers ear have basically no wax. His are the way you explained your dogs clear.
And yes clean your dogs ears reguardless of wether they have gunk coming out. With my terrier allhe needs is after a bath to take my pinky finger covered with a towel and dry up his ear and anything in there come off in the towel.
Another thing Main pit bull: the times that my poodle did have an ear infection, always after and thru the meds she always had the dark wax. It did not ever go away. Thru the pills and ear drops. I'm happy with what I have found for her.

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harley&trick-z
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posted 12-01-2003 06:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for harley&trick-z     Edit/Delete Message
That may be a yeast infection in the ears and if your dog is white is there tear staining ?? if so try otomax 15% you get it from your vet. I use 1 drop in each ear twice a day make sure to clean the ears before putting them in . Also try not to get water in the ears when bathing. the Otomax 15% has cleared up my Trick-Z's ears and tear staining. funny what yeast can do. Hope this helps

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ilovemaltipoos
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posted 12-01-2003 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemaltipoos     Edit/Delete Message
Puttin ,you are pretty much right about the darker the wax the more apt infection is there ,that is a sure sign but not a given .One can have infections with lighter wax colors also ,depends on type of infection .I will ask my vet when I go this week what types there are and see if he can give me more info on it .

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puttin510
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posted 12-01-2003 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
Hi biggy.
Yeah ask your vet. I would be interested in seeing what he/she says.

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ilovemaltipoos
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posted 12-01-2003 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemaltipoos     Edit/Delete Message
Who is biggy ? If you are talking bout my weight ,yes I am fat ,thank you very much !
Here goes .I talked to my vet and he says this ....dark wax is most likly ear mite infection ,runny /gooy dark is an infection also bacteria .yeast infection is a pale yellow looking infection and then there is pesoudomuous (? he didn't spell it and i am guessing at the spelling ) a pale green to yellow ,mostly found in long eared dogs like cockers and is one that is hard to treat .Does that help ?
Now ..since I helped or not .Please tell me why I am "biggy' now .LOL !

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puttin510
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posted 12-01-2003 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
I was not refering to anyones weight. I was going thru my email and must of mixed up the names. I'm sorry maltipoo. Biggy is from a couple of other forums I go too. Her full puter name is Bigpoodle something something and I just call her Biggy. I tend to try to shorten them.
Gosh isn't it sad about little Tootsie. I was shocked.

Harley-trickz: I think I've heard of the Otomax. Just lately we have been dealing with tear staining for the first time. It was not only around the eye, but one the vulva, anis, between toes and forearms. We had her on atibiotics. One other thing was her skin on her back even darked. all this happened after I slowly took her off of prednisone. Other vet sadi it could have been from all the ash thats been around and caused a reaction.

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ilovemaltipoos
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posted 12-01-2003 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemaltipoos     Edit/Delete Message
Puttin,I was only teasing .No offense was taken ,I figured you got names mixed up or was just teasing me for some reason .Lol !
Yes ,it is sad about Tootsie .Such a short life and had so much to overcome .But at least she was loved and knew it .

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posted 12-01-2003 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
I know you were kidding. I just forgot to put the laugh in there to set my tone!!! You are a good gal. Heck ,I'm on a mission to loose 10 to 15 lbs myself. I've lost some already. I will be 40 this coming Sunday. I guess that my motivation. Yikes. I really feel bad for that little dog.

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