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					Today's topic is ear infections and boxer dogs. Lucy, my four year old boxer is on her
second ear infection in the last 3 months. I found out recently that boxers are very
prone to yeast infections in their ears, especially "White Boxers" with their light
colored skin (pink to be exact) which Lucy is.

The spousal unit, my wife Terri, was discussing this topic with my daughter who
happens to be an ex-Vet Tech about the recurrence of Lucy's ear infections. What we
found out was white boxers, of whom usually have some type of difficulty with either
their hearing or their eye site, are very susceptible to yeast infections in their ears.
Most vets recommend that you wash a boxer's ears out every other week or so to
prevent infections. This was a total surprise to me! After years of dog ownership,
mostly Golden Retrievers, I felt totally stupid! I had no idea, and the Vet never told
me that I needed to clean my dog's ears that frequently. If I had only known that I
needed to perform this action on a frequently recurring basis, I would have fulfilled
my obligation!

If you find yourself in similar situation with your dog, relax! There is a solution for
yeast infection that that you can buy from your dog's Vet that will totally cure and
prevent the occurrence of ear yeast infection in your boxer. Your Vet will most likely
prescribe "Remicin Ointment", or at least that's what mine prescribed for Lucy's
problem. "Remicin" can only be obtained from a Vet. It contains gentamicin sulfate
which is, I believe, a sulfa drug. It's amazing how it keeps Lucy from scratching at her
ears and it works really fast. The next step is to take her back into the Vet for a proper
ear cleaning. Regular ear cleaning is a vital step in the prevention of ear infections, so
says Lucy's Vet! So now, I clean and treat Lucy's ear problem once a week.

So what's the story here, I'm not sure? All I know now is my favorite critter in the
whole world needs to have her ears cleaned every other week or so on a regular basis!
A lesson learned and one that I would like to pass on to other owner/fans of the "boxer
dog", especially the "white boxer". Keep your dog's ears clean and infection free! Best
of luck to you with your favorite critter.

				
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