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I have a black lab whose ears keep getting infected. had him to vet 2 months ago and they said ear was infected, gave antibiotics and had me clean ears regularly with some cream, it worked then a few weeks later it started again, I still kept cleaning them everyday and they seemed clean but he still shook his head constantly, then I went away for a long weekend and left him with parents and came back his one ear is all red with puss an he won't let me in to clean it and it smells so bad. has anyone had similar issues and found a remedy that hasn't cost fortunes in vet bills and actually cured it?

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Has the vet actually performed a thorough examination in there to see why it is not clearing up? Has he got an insect embedded (like a tick) .. that would cause reoccurring infection?

He may not be responding to the antibiotics they are prescribing him, and the prescription needs to be changed .. Could be a number of things or combination of.

Sounds like you need to get a little more aggressive with your vet to get this cleared up once and for all. Not only the money spent on fruitless vet visits is a concern, but this dog is suffering in the mean time..Ear infections are excruciatingly painful and will ultimately cause the ear drum so much damage that the dog will be deaf in that ear.

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Last time she said it was dirt and mites, so after thoroughly cleaning it I was seeing no dirt or anything
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THAT's only what YOU can see .. It needs to be examined with a microscopic tool that the vet uses. The mites are obviously not ALL gone .. they are still causing a problem. If you are using a cream to get rid of the mites, the dog may be suffering from an allergic reaction to the cream...It's hard to say.

Your vet should be telling you this .. it's common sense.
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sounds like the vet needs to take a closer look...return to vet office..

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I have labs also and one of my dogs has this. Usually it's because dogs, like humans, have allergies which causes their ears to get infected. I also have to put the antibiotics in my dogs ear just not as often as you, as it sounds. The only thing I can suggest is keep using the antibiotics and try and figure out what your dog is allergic too.

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I agree with biker girl but I would try another vet in addition.

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Labs are wonderful and I wish you all the best. We have had a few labradors but this has never been a symptom. Wonder what his problem could be? Does he sleep outdoors, like in a pen? Does he swim in a stagnant waterhole that you know of? I wonder if vitamin D might also boost canine immune system, as well it does with humans? Ask the vet while you're at it.

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One of My dogs had a constant ear infection for the last few years of his life..we had special cream and cleaned his ears out often..it stayed with him till the day he died !!

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I would say at this point if there is puss coming out its time to go to vet

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Could be yeast infection caused by a food allergy. Keep up with the antibiotics, give a couple of tbsps of a plain yogurt with active cultures a day, and switch to a grain free dog food. There are several good ones, we personally feed Taste of the Wild.

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