There is help for a Boxer dog with reoccurring ear infections. Some dogs have chronic ear problems, that keep coming back as soon as the medication is gone and with some dogs, medication just does not seem to help. For the sake of your Boxer dog's health, if your dog's veterinarian is not willing to do extensive tests to determine the exact cause of the reoccurring infections...get a 2nd opinion from a new vet! As long as the dog keeps getting hit by infections, scarring will increase and lead to even bigger health issues.
If this is the case with you dog, several steps must be taken:
1. The veterinarian should take a sample of the dog's ear discharge. This should then be cultured to pinpoint the exact culprit so that it can be specifically treated.
2. Owners must regularly perform ear washings at home
3. Testing may show that the infections are being caused by allergies. This is the #1 reason for reoccurring problems. Allergies take time to figure out...however once you can pinpoint the allergy trigger with a dog....treatment is easy.
A dog may be allergic to an external element or an internal element.
Think about all of the external elements that affect your dog and remove 1 element every 1 weeks. In doing so, you will clearly be able to determine which element is causing problems for your dog. Common external elements are:
In internal allergy will be one that is caused by something that your dog is ingesting; it will be an ingredient in his or her dog food. This can easily be fixed by switching to a hypo-allergic dog food. If you home cook your dog's food, you will want to eliminate 1 ingredient per every 2 weeks until you see a change in your dog's health.
- Dog shampoo
- Dog conditioner
Pseudomonas Ear Infections
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a very rare type of bacteria and it is resistant to almost every antibiotic. When a dog has reoccurring infections, most likely every antibiotic has been tried. When this happens, most of the bacteria is killed off, but not all. What remains is a strain that is extremely resistant.
When the culture of the dog’s ear discharge is done, this will show if it is indeed Pseudomonas. This will also show if this strain is still vulnerable to the antibiotics Enrofloxacin or Orbifloxacin.
One of these two types of antibiotics should be given, in very high doses. Small doses would just make the bacteria more resistant. In addition, a topical treatment will be given as well to use at home.
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