We have discussed how the flop-eared Weimaraner is often prone to ear issues. It is best to avoid them altogether. This point in the conversation is where I should mention that often one ear is more prone to infections than the other--that might seem odd. Our Veterinary says it is not uncommon for one ear canal to be smaller than the other--this makes a huge difference.
It has always been our recommendation that after a swim, a bath, or water sports that the Weimaraner receive a bit of ear powder to help dry out any extra moisture. The powder has always helped, but recently, we have been able to purchase a relatively inexpensive one that works even better. (It is similar to the canker ear powder we used to import (at a considerable cost) from the UK.)
The bottle is small--but it goes a long way. If your Weimaraner is prone to ear issues, we suggest you give this a try. The directions say to clean the ear first--so you need to plan on that. In a pinch (if you didn't have any ear cleaner), you could use 50% cider vinegar solution.
Recently we discussed the preventative care for the Weimaraner ear. Despite the best of care, it is easy to find yourself fighting the battle of the ear. Several things fuel the recurring or chronic ear issue. Often it starts with an allergic reaction.
Allergies to their food or something in the environment are not as rare as one would hope. A goodly number of pets see a vast improvement by switching to high-quality food and in some cases, a home-prepared meal. For many, a simple elimination of certain grains from the diet can be the catalyst toward overcoming this acute ear issue. This ear situation is a tricky one. Adding to the confusion as well as the frustration--in the news, grain-free diets are no longer considered the solution. Scientific studies indicate the grain-free diet can lead to other health issues. So, be selective in your choice--opt for rice instead of corn, wheat, or barley. Besides making a food change, some Weimaraners enjoy a couple of spoons of yogurt stirred into the morning fare. Make it the kind with live cultures. Our Weims love natural, vanilla, or berry-flavored store brand yogurt. Make it all-natural and with live cultures to get the health benefits.
When Supplements, food and Yogurt fail
We will talk more about the Weimaraner and their potential ear issues. We truly appreciate your support!
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When you purchase products using our links, we receive a small referral fee, which helps us provide this informational blog. Thank you in advance for purchasing through our website.
Secondly, we want to disclose our recommendations or advice is based solely on our experience with the Weimaraner. Neither Cliff or Shela Nielsen is a licensed Vet Technician, nor are either of them a licensed Veterinarian. When in doubt about a medical concern, please check with your Veterinary professional.
Finally, all information and photos are of the property of OwyheeStar Weimaraners. Some are photos provided by OwyheeStar clients, and they have been used with permission. © 2016
~Lend me your ear
The Weimaraner ear may well be your biggest challenge. The ear issue may not be looming large for you but for many it is problematic. It is wise to give the ears the attention before a problem presents. Discomfort (due ear infection) can spiral out of control and become something more painful.
Why is the Weimaraner ear health a bigger concern than with some other breeds? One explanation is simple--the inner ear environment is perfect for an infection. Secondly, a Weimaraner may have a narrow ear canal keeping the moisture trapped in the lower ear canal. This environment can exacerbate the propensity of the flop-eared Weimaraner to develop the occasional infection.
Very often, one ear is more prone to this issue more than the other. As you are probably aware, some paired body parts (such as feet and ears for the human as well as critters) are not always identical in every way. For example, a lot of people have one foot slightly larger than the other. Not every face is symmetrical, nor are the ears always the same shape and size. Likewise, it is very common that the ear canals can be less than perfect--one may be smaller than the other. The narrow ear canal is more prone to infections.
We will talk about the ear-challenged Weimaraner. By that, we mean those that have the recurring ear issue. This post is about the prevention and on-going Weimaraner ear care.
OwyheeStar Weimaraner Disclaimer
When you purchase products using our links we receive a small referral fee which helps us provide this informational blog. Thank you in advance for purchasing through our website.
Secondly, we want to disclose our recommendations or advice is based solely on our experience with the Weimaraner. Neither Cliff or Shela Nielsen are not a licensed Vet Technician, nor are either of a licensed Veterinarian. When in doubt about a medical concern please check with your Veterinary professional.
Finally, all information and photos are of the property of OwyheeStar Weimaraners. Some are photos provided by the OwyheeStar clients and they have been used with permission. © 2016
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We all know there is more to the Weimaraner than buying one. First, no one should just run out and purchase the Weimaraner after seeing one at the beach, the dog park, or on the street. Anyone who knows and loves this breed will attest to the basics.
Finally, we hope to keep the categories few--so that you can search for the various topics. Posts will be random--coming as time permits. We sincerely hope you find this interesting and useful.
All the Best ~ Shela (and Cliff)