Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Moles.


Canine contentment. Sophie returns form her start of day 'comfort break' having excavated every mole hill on the lawn. There are many mole hills on the lawn but no moles. This in now way diminishes her sense of accomplishment. I point out to her that it's the mud on her muzzle that gives the game away. 

When we left Scotland to head to pastures both new and warmer we stayed at this hotel en route. We were accompanied by an earlier generation of hyper enthusiastic  PONs. The hotel was very different in those days but the location is wonderful for heading off to walk along Hadrians Wall:https://www.hadrianhotel.co.uk/


Question for long eared dog owners. Zymox ear cleaner is wonderful. We've used it on all the PON's. We've been trying to order a new supply but with no success. I called the company in the US yesterday and they no longer export . What other ear cleaners would folks recommend for weekly use?

22 comments:

Lisa in Tokyo said...

I would think Sophie is entirely justified in digging up mole hills this morning after having to visit the vet yesterday. Oh, you've resurfaced an unhappy memory today - of the time my daughter somehow managed to lock herself in the bathroom at the Langley Castle hotel, where we stayed on our own pilgrimage to Hadrian's Wall. To this day, both of our kids refuse to stay in anything even vaguely resembling a castle. My son will vote for the Hilton with the coffee in the lobby every time.

Angus said...

Oh daer ! What a trauma.

Virginia said...

Angus, do you know anyone in the US who could on-ship to you? Often US firms will have free shipping within the States, so doing it that way isn't too painful. And that might be less traumatic than finding a new one darling Sophie approves of!

Emily and Laura said...

Angus, I'm in the US and I just looked at Amazon and found the Zymox. (And thanks -- we have a Cocker spaniel who ALWAYS has nasty ears!) If all else fails, I could order a few bottles and ship them directly to you. Think about it, anyway. I've been reading your blog for many years and rarely comment, but I'd love to help out if I can.

Angus said...

Sadly that solution doesn't work well. There must be an ingredient in US products that isn't allowed in Europe - although none of our dogs has ever had the slightest problems. We were charged $150 import tax on 2 bottles when we lived in Italy , now imports are off limits altogether. The European dog ear cleaning association must have very good lobbyists.

Angus said...

Many thanks. Very kind and much appreciated but I think the problem is that Zymox can no longer be imported. We used to be able to order off Amazon.com and have is shipped directly from the US but that option seems to have gone.

Lisa in Tokyo said...

Losing access to Zymox is a serious matter. It was one of the things we stocked up on at the beginning of the pandemic, just in case. We have used a few different things over the years, so I looked on Amazon France to see if anything looked familiar. Unfortunately not, but there are a number of options, so maybe one will be familiar to you: https://www.amazon.fr/b?node=2036762031&ref=sr_nr_n_3

Coppa's girl said...

Not having lawns we, thankfully, don't have any problem with moles. Though no doubt Inca would consider this a definite downside, as she loves the occasional dig!
How annoying, and worrying, about Sophie's ear cleaner, but I hope you can find an effective alternative. We had many problems with the late Petite-Chose - her ears were terrible, and after several attempts to clear them, the vet
resorted to prescribing human ear cleaner, which worked well. Sadly I can't remember the name, and no longer have a bottle, but will ask next time I go to the Farmacia. I don't know if you can buy these in France, but Adolac and Mitex, prescribed here for all our dogs, was effective and I keep a bottle handy in the cupboard. Reading the instructions on the box, I see that Adolac is in several languages, so might be available in France.

The Life of Riley said...

For Golden Retriever ears we've always used "Epi-Otic" which is an ear and skin cleaner for dogs and cats. We get it from our vet, soak a cotton pad, then squeeze the liquid into the ear, put cotton pad under ear flap and massage the ear making squelching sounds our dogs strangely seem to enjoy. TIt is made by Virbac, and a quick Google show Virbac has offices in France, so same product may be available without import tax from your vet or from French online pet shops.

Tigger said...

Our vet in UK recommended Epiotic (for cat in our case) and we can get it in Greece. Seems to work well except that cats are not at all fond of ear cleaning...maybe its that squelching sound.

C said...

Epi=Otic works wonders and as of late we have been using
https://www.chewy.com/pet-md-tris-flush-dog-cat-ear-cleaner/dp/244377
with MUCH success........(for two Golden Retrievers). They do not mind it at all

Fay said...
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Fay said...

I echo those who use Epi-Otic, although as a caveat, I add that we do not need to use it frequently. When we do use it, however, it works well.

Pam said...

We live with standard poodles and Epi-Otic works well for us.

Pam said...

We live with standard poodles and Epi-Otic works well for us.

Jean said...

Epi-Otic is what we're using at the moment for our standard poodle (whose ears need regular cleaning and attention). The bottle is nearly empty and I notice we have on of something called "Surosolve" which we ordered from Amazon whilst in France. We haven't tried it yet but it's made in Portugal and marketed in France by a company called Elanco.

Iza said...

For home made ear cleaner recipe google : zim family cockers ear cleaner. I haven't used it on my PON specifically, I rarely used anything, but I remember everyone on their forum liked it. At some point I wiped ears with a little bit of witch hazel. I also used a bit of tea tree oil (too much can be irritating) mixed with vitamin E oil. Those two helped clear out minor ear infections. Later I just got a normal antibiotic to apply when needed, but no need to apply a solution.

rottrover said...

I've always used Epi-Otic on the rotties as well.

The Life of Riley said...

PS I enjoyed the link to the table cloths. Who knew the “insideof a circus tent” look could sell for so much! My inherited early 1900’s linen cloths are rarely used, but you reminded me the best “table cloth” experience I have ever had was Paris in my 20’s. Tables covered with cheap white paper, the waiter writing our order on the paper and our group encouraged to draw and write whatever we wanted while we drank wine and enjoyed their food. Then the paper removed and a new sheet put down for the next diners. Try it sometime when you and the Font have guests (or for just the two of you during lockdown over one meal or more) as after several wines it is fun to see how things progress and much cheaper than the table cloths in your link.

Mo said...

This ear rinse may be an option too. Vetericyn Plus Antimicrobial Pet Ear Rinse, 3 fl. oz.

Mo said...

This ear rinse may be an option too. Vetericyn Plus Antimicrobial Pet Ear Rinse, 3 fl. oz.

Keir said...

Our vet here in France had us using 'Sonotix' for our Bernese Mountain Dog.