Ear Infection and the Purple Solution

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Ear Infection and the Purple Solution

by Kevin Bathgate

It was a mild Saturday in January and my dog Cooper and I were off to our weekly outdoor training course. The training took place on a high school football field which was located near a river that flows through the middle of our city. Of course, as any of you know keeping a Labrador retriever dog out of the water even in January is a hard thing to do. As with every Saturday over an eight week period I fished Cooper out and dried him off.

A week or so after the last training course was finished I noticed that Cooper was scratching his left ear constantly. It looked like he was very uncomfortable. When examining his ear we noticed that there was allot of "brown gunk" inside it and the smell coming from it was terrible. We took Cooper to the Vet for a check up and she confirmed that he had an ear infection. It was obvious that the infection had come from the water that he was swimming in every Saturday. We purchased a bottle of a commercial brand solution which was to clear his ear infection up.

Cooper's ear infection never got better though. We continued to use the solution and even bought a second bottle in our fight against it. This is when I turned to a website that recommended a homemade solution. The Purple Power Ear Solution got rid of Cooper's ear infection in a matter of days. Here is the formula and how to administer it.

"Purple Power Ear Solution"

  • 16 oz. bottle isopropyl alcohol
  • 4 tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
  • 16 drops Gentian Violet Solution

Mix all ingredients in the alcohol bottle and shake well and administer it 2 times per day for the first 2 weeks, 1 time per day for the next 2 week and 1 time per month thereafter. Fill your dog?s ear with the solution and gently massage it in. Warning though, be sure to do it outside or in a room that is not finished in the basement as the Violet Solution will stain.

The website I found this on is Woodhaven Labs and they have a lot of great articles and information on caring for your Labrador Retriever.

For more great information on the Labrador Retriever visit the Labrador Retriever Chatboard. An online community dedicated to discussing health, training, diet, adoption and sharing photos of the labrador retriever.


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