Good Morning and welcome. I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.
Often, these ear infections become chronic because the scar tissue caused by the infection allows the bacteria more places to hide. It also is associated with a suppressed immune system. For this reason, I recommend PetAlive C Caps which is a holistic immune stimulant to help the body fight this off. LINK
Preventative maintenance is also recommended which can be an ear cleaner such as Epiotic from your vet or Swimmer's Ear available at the pharmacy over the counter that is applied every 3-4 days. This dries out the ear so the bacteria and yeasts cannot grow. This can be very effective against ear infections.
Yogurt has been known to help with yeast infections but most ear infections are a combination of yeasts and bacteria and will not help in Max's situation.
Allergies are a possibility that cause the infection to start by the scratching and will respond to Benadryl at 1 mg per pound every 12 hrs.
Try these on Max to see if this will help him past this very difficult condition.
This LINK may help.
Does that make sense to you?
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Is there a way to know if the infection is bacterial? We do clean his ears but we probably could be more consistent with it. The vet told us to wait 10 days after using the spray in his ears before we cleaned them.I know I waited too long because he started getting eye"boogers" (sorry I lack a better description). When he gets those daily, there is usually a lot of buildup off a black substance in his ear.
Yes, that makes sense. Hopefully my last question...because he has an ear infection now can I just do the things you recommended or do we need to take him to the vet for treatment of the ear infection or can I treat it without meds?
Thank you so much for your kind rating. It is very much appreciated! Do not hesitate to contact me with any other concerns that you may have about Max's ear condition. If you have other questions, please Reply.
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