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Ear infection

Shelby's right ear had brown discharge in it, and so Steven took her to the vet. We were afraid it would be ear mites, so I stayed home and washed all of Shelby's toys and bedding. I did some research online, and it turns out that there's all sorts of things that brown discharge in the ear could indicate, including food allergies. $150 later, it turns out that Shelby has a yeast infection in her right ear, probably due to excess water in the ear canal. It's quite swollen, but she can hear. We just need to apply cleaner every 2 days and an ointment twice a day. She's a little squirrely when people try to handle her ears, so the following days should prove to be...interesting.

This is how her ear looked after she came back from the vet. Not so bad really, but this photo is not very good a showing the redness. And it looks a lot better when there's no brown gunk all over the place.

This infection was probably slow in coming, and I just never saw the signs. Shelby hardly ever scratched at it, so I assumed it didn't bother her much. Shelby's ears were always a little dirty, just from being a messy puppy, so I didn't really notice that one ear was producing more discharge until she had to stay inside for a few days because of the rain. It was then that I noticed that her left ear was pretty clean, but her right ear was a brown mess.

Steven and I have both noticed that she's not much of a complainer, which is good in certain ways, and bad in others (when something is actually wrong). So we'll just have to watch her a little closer.

January 18, 2005 | Permalink


Hope Shelby gets well soon!

I don't think Shelby can take a bad picture, but I have to say, that top photo is just so especially dang cute!

Posted by: Heidi | Jan 18, 2005 9:00:37 PM

Hi Shelby,

I hope you feel better soon. I have ear infections in both ears this week. I don't like getting the cleaner put in my ears. I don't mind the medicine when it gets hidden in cheese, but I don't like eating it by itself.

Little Sheba

Posted by: Little Sheba | Jan 18, 2005 9:30:57 PM

Hi Shelby ,
Im not a pug , im a boston terrier , but i have two pug cousins . I had a minor yeast infection in my ear recently . My doctor said this is pretty common . He said i could use a mixture of vinegar and water to clean them out next time . Its a lot less expensive .
Get better soon!

Posted by: Ramona | Jan 19, 2005 6:24:43 AM

Hi Shelby, Hope you feel better soon! My Buster often gets yeast in his ears as well as wrinkles, try using Malaseb Pledgets on a weekly or biweekly basis. It's good for the ears and/or wrinkles. The vinegar/water solution is good we well, a vet told me to add 1 part rubbin alcohol to it, to help the water evaporate faster, so the yeast problem doesn't reoccur as often.

Posted by: h | Jan 19, 2005 8:26:33 AM

Hi,I am a Seven month old pug,my owner just noticed a little red spot on my nose wrinkle.Do you think this is the start of infection?


Posted by: Rocky | Jan 8, 2006 9:03:00 AM

It's hard to say. If you're concerned, give your vet a phone call.

Posted by: Winnie | Jan 8, 2006 10:57:50 AM

Hi Shelby,

I hate to say it, but I am glad to see another pug with my same problem! I can learn from you! Sorry you are not feeling well though, and perhaps we can learn from each other. I have had yeast in my ears for four months now. The vets have tried 3 different ear drops, and switched my food. It is soooo frustrating, and my parents are worried about possible hearing problems at this point.
I hope that maybe I can use you as an example when I go to see the vet this time, and see if the vet can make some sense of this.
P.S.-you look a lot like me!

Posted by: Jin | Mar 15, 2006 10:05:02 AM

Hi Shelby!

One of my pugs has the same problem in his right ear recently. We brought him to the vet last week and was told it is allergies, but now his ear is extremely red inside after the treatment of ear ointment. We are goign back to the vet today to have his ear checked again, but told over the phone that it may be an infection. We hope his ear clears up as fast as yours did. :)

Pugs 'n' Kisses!

Posted by: Chelsea | May 4, 2006 10:40:40 AM

My Pug is also has a few bumps in his ears and keeps on scratching them. They seem to be small scabs, there is only about 3-4 in each ear, but he is bothered by them.

Posted by: Otis | Nov 1, 2006 12:03:59 PM

My Pug is also has a few bumps in his ears and keeps on scratching them. They seem to be small scabs, there is only about 3-4 in each ear, but he is bothered by them.

Posted by: Otis | Nov 1, 2006 12:04:02 PM

My Pug is also has a few bumps in his ears and keeps on scratching them. They seem to be small scabs, there is only about 3-4 in each ear, but he is bothered by them.

Posted by: Otis | Nov 1, 2006 12:04:03 PM

Hi Shelby,
Betty is my four months old baby pug. She was born with a multitude of health issues. She was a third the size of the other pups in the litter and her immune system is poor. At four week her eye was injured from what we think was from one of the other pups claws. Thought for sure she would loose it, but with much care it has repaired itself although her vision is not so good. She is so flat her breathing is compromized. About a month ago she became infected with mange. All dogs have the mite but dogs with computerized immune become infected. My other three dogs are fine. The mange is finally under control, after what seems to be a hundred hours of research on the net, but her skin is discolored and alot of her hair has fallen out. Now she is chewing her paws raw, her ears are full of goopy junk, she stinks of high hell...I keep wondering if she is ever going to be free of problems. Again, after a ton of research, it looks like Betty has Candida Albicans is a Fungus/Yeast and a common microorganism that lives in the gut of a human/dog. it is called a Systemic Yeast Infection, and it affects the health and well-being of the whole animal. I have found a way to control it. I have been feeding her a diet of chicken, carrots and brown rice three time a day with a couple of tablespoons of plain unsweetened yogurt,and a daily vitamin-mineral supplement. In her water I squeeze a small amount of lemon into it. I started dabbing her paws into listerine every day. For her ears I cleaned them out really, really good and then I put 5 to 10 drops of vinegar in each ears every morning. If she would have had open sores I would diluted the vinegar 50/50 with water. Now for the god awful smell. I wet her down and then I used equal parts vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and water and scrubbed the heck out of her and boy she just loved it, then I rinsed with warm water and a final rinse of 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a gallon of water. Once a day. I cant believe it...for the first time in months she isnt scraching or chewing herself raw, her ears of clean and pink with no smell all her sores have healed up and thank god the horrible odor is GONE!! I know this all sounds like a lot of work, but the pay off is a happy little girl...My hours of research have payed off and I hope it helps anyone out their with the same problems!
good luck

Posted by: Betty | Apr 14, 2007 10:27:45 PM

Just surfed in b/c my pug had the same exact problem. Yeast infection in ear and about 120 dollars later, I too got drops to put in. Hope your dog is better!

Posted by: Carrie | Jul 27, 2007 8:12:09 PM

i need your big help - i have a pug, her name is pia ... she's beautiful heatlhy dog but in one day, she shaked her head, walk very slow, she can't put her head down to eat her dinner - she keep her head up so we took her to the vet - we found out its a ear infection in her ears, we got a medication - its been 2 days, i see no improves! .... how can we make her ears gets better?! we can't stand to see her behavior like that, it broke our hearts!!! .... any advices? any suggestions?

many thanks!

Posted by: Deanna | Aug 11, 2007 12:42:23 PM

It sometimes takes a little while for ear infections to get better, but it sounds like little pia is having a hard time. I would recommend that you call you vet and let them know that there's been no improvement with the medication.

Best of luck. I hope little Pia feels better soon.

Posted by: Winnie | Aug 11, 2007 12:46:58 PM

Hello - I have a four month old pug called Monty - we are slightly worried because his tail has sudenly lost its curl - it was never a 'whip' curl but he had something - is it a sign that he is unwell or could he be injured - he does not appear to have any areas of pain on his body - any advice would be most welcome

Posted by: charles peck | Oct 1, 2007 1:14:20 PM

Hi, if there were no accidents lately to cause it, then I think it's because your pug is still very young and the tail is not long enough to curl well. The tail gets longer and curls more beautifully as it gets older. Sometimes, while resting, the tail relaxes and uncurls slightly.

Posted by: Arlene | Oct 1, 2007 9:17:06 PM

HI I have a 4 year old pug. And has the same problems with his ears! I haven't taking hm to the vet cause everytime I do for something little it costs over $1000 ! So this time I am just wading it out but... I think he has yeast infections on his body he has the blackend skin sometimes! But Otis lives a normal life he is soo energetic and eats both bowls of food everyday! I think if it was something to worry bout he wouldn't be playing and eating! Good luck with Shelby!

Posted by: Crystal | Jan 25, 2008 5:32:29 AM

Happy New Year! Guys.
My pug name Buddy who is 3yrs. currently has dark reddest brown goop in his left ear with bad smell also inner ear very red in color. I try to clean all of it but it return His eating habit are the same and overall demeanor is great.

Posted by: Buddy | Jan 1, 2009 10:50:23 AM

I have a 2 year old pug named Joe, for at least a year we have been battling with ear infections and medications to try to fix it which comes along with a huge vet bill every time you go in, all the medications we tryed were only a tempory fix, so I decided to try different foods, I compared all the ingredients in all the bags of food in the pet store the common thing is always fillers lots of byproducts and ash. I finally found a brand called Natural Balance the sweet potatoe and fish formula, I wanted to try this one because of the fish oils which are supposed to help with ear infections, anyways it totally worked it has been 11/2 months and she is not scratching anymore her ears are clear and she is back to being my hyper little child.I still don't know what she is allergic too but whatever I stopped giving her worked. (If you can't heal them from the outside in go from the inside out.) Hope this helps somebody.

Posted by: Toni | Feb 23, 2009 6:43:17 PM

I have a 7 year old Pug named Jake. In the past year Jake started to get ear infections, and started having teeth problems. As alot of you have said, many visits to the vet and thousands of dollars later here we are again with Jake having yet another Ear Infection which has no progressed to ecoli and staph.

I was a bit peeved at the vet and asked what was going on, and why they couldn't fix this continual problem. This last vet told me that because he should have never been taken off the medications unless they were absolutely sure it was cleared up....it never was fully healed so it keeps coming back with a vengence.

To boot, this poor dog has had problems with his teeth as alot of pugs do, and now he has some sort of infection underneath his bottom jaw line. He screams when he eats so we have him on pain killers. He goes in for an operation this week.

My advice, don't take the stock answers from the vets, push them on it and make them tell you what can be done to get rid of the problem permanently.

I clean this dogs ears constantly, brush his teeth all the time, and still nothing, it keeps coming back. He also started to act very weird when he started having the ear infections. His tail would go between his legs, he would shake uncontrollably. Of course I thought this was a seizure, but the vet couldn't tell me what it was unless I got it on video.

If you see your dog doing this, video tape it and take it to your vet. I think he is in so much pain he scares himself, and he just doesn't know how to express it.

Wish Jakey luck..he's such a good boy.

Posted by: Mommapuggy | Mar 2, 2009 3:15:34 PM

I just got a 5 year old pug named Pugs Lee :) How original, I know...haha.

He has infections in both of his ears. He also had a fungus on his right front paw. After $300 at the vet, he is now on drops for his ears and pills for the rest.

Getting a dog to take pills is an interesting experience!!

Posted by: Lucy | Mar 13, 2009 4:46:14 PM

My five year old pug has had many ear infections. Her ears got so swollen that she had to have surgery on both ears. The vet removed the ear canal from one ear and sewed it shut. The other ear was reconstructed to widen the canal. That was last fall. She now has an infection in that ear. I had to put drops in the ear but it was so swollen that the drops wouldn't get into the canal. She has now been on steroids which has reduced some of the swelling so the medicine can get into the canal. Hopefully, the yeast infection clears up. She is about 90% deaf but she still is a happy girl.

Posted by: Nancy | Aug 27, 2009 5:21:04 PM

How long after being tx. for her yeast was it when all was better.?? thanks

Posted by: Paula helms | Jul 11, 2010 10:24:30 PM

Hi Paula, It was so long ago, I don't really remember. Sorry. I think it was probably hard to tell because she didn't complain, but also, I think the vet wanted us to finish the full course of medicine regardless of how things looked.

Posted by: Winnie | Jul 11, 2010 10:40:41 PM

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