This is a recurring problem that continues to plague my dog to this day. For dogs with floppy ears, their inner ears can be a haven for moisture and festering bacteria that can result in infections. It is not only a problem for beagles, but any dog with ears that seal in moisture. In my dog\'s case, he has suffered from an ear infection in his right ear stemming from yeast caused by allergies. I have tried everything from taking him to the vet to treating him at home, and he always ends up with the same gooey discharge that leaks from his ears.
Root of the Problem
A dogs ears contains mast cells (the same cells found in the respiratory systems in humans), and these cells will produce chemicals like histamines that will produce excessive wax and other fluids when exposed to yeast or an allergic trigger.
Common symptoms include the animal shaking its head frequently, and scratching at its ears. You\'ll also notice discharge from the ear, and an offensive odor. Also, check to see if your dog is scratching its body frequently, or has any rashes over the body. This could be a sign of an allergic reaction, and there is usually a connection between frequent itching and ear yeast infections. In this case, I usually use a hydrocortisone spray you can get from Wal-Mart or any pet store.
What to Do
If your dog is suffering from this problem, I would recommend taking him or her to a vet immediately. I\'m not going to presume to tell you what you should do with your dog\'s ear, since every dog is different, and it could be a problem that is non-yeast related such as ear mites. When I took my dog to the vet, they gave him steroid shot to alleviate the itching, some medication, and they cleaned out his ears. For a few weeks, he seemed fine, until he began to show symptoms again as if he never went to the vet.
It was at that point when I realized managing the situation alone was best, which is why I keep a supply of ear cleanser and ear treatment formula on hand from 1800 Pet Meds. If you know that your dog\'s problem is yeast related, I would recommend a product by Zymox called Otic HC 1.0% Enzymatic Solution. It is a medicine that directly treats chronic and acute bacterial and yeast infections in the ear. This is something you can find on 1800 Pet Meds, along with an ear cleanser called Epi-Otic Advanced. It is a naturally drying and antiseptic that will clean out dog ears of all types, including infected ears, and it can be used in conjunction with treatment methods like Zymox.
Whenever my dog shows develops the same problem, I simply use these drops, and his ears clear up in a day or so, but every pet is different. If you\'re tired of the recurring infections, there are some preventative measures you can take.
Since this problem is mostly allergy related, the problem may stem from the environment, or something your dog eats. In my case, my vet told me to give my dog a steady diet of lamb and rice dog food rather than anything that contains meat and chicken products, and that seems to work well.
In cases where food and environment is to blame, it can be very hard to pinpoint the problem. In this instance, you\'ll have to monitor how your dog reacts to the environment, and what he or she eats daily. Be mindful of any treats they eat, along with any people food you may feed them.
It may sound like a serious problem on the surface, but it is something that can be easily treated, and it requires some vigilance on your part, since some dogs will develop recurring ear problems.