April 10, 2013

Ear Infections & Cuddles

Poor Cooper had been shaking his ears and scratching at them for a few weeks, so I decided it was time to take him in to the vet. We'd been regularly cleaning brown gunk out of his ears and he started crying when we touched them. I realized that he must have an infection of some sort. Turns out he had a very bad yeast infection in both ears (it was worse in the right ear). $160 later and we have a tiny bottle of drops for his ears. They said dogs who have long ears that retain moisture have a tendency to get ear infections. Cooper's ears started bothering him right after a weekend of swimming! From now on, we are going to dry out his ears after he swims. I'm convinced this is what caused the infection.

I highly recommend Virbac Ear Cleaner for regular ear cleaning. It does a great job of cleaning out gunk and dries quickly.

If you're reading my blog, please be aware there is a reason why Vizslas are referred to as "velcro" dogs. They wan to be with you ALL the time. We have 2 couches in our house, but the pups choose the couch we are on every time... which can lead to some pretty hysterical cuddle arrangements...

When you run out of room, lay on the human!

Riley is the best work-from-home buddy!


  1. At our very first vet visit, the vet gave us ear cleaning solution and told us to clean Rowdy's ears weekly or risk infection... we weren't so good about it, and when she asked when we were at our second V's first appointment, she scolded us... we have been doing pretty good with the weekly cleanings, but this makes me want to be much better about it! I'd rather pay the $12 for the bottle of cleaning solution a few times a year than $160 for medicine!

    We also take the pups canoeing, so I'll get in the habit of cleaning out their ears after a day on the river too. Thanks for the reminder/information!!

  2. Even we have had these awkward seating situations with just one vizsla and I am kinda thankful that my other dog is a golden who prefers to sleep away from the three of us. But I have to say the photo is damn cute.