Zymox has a line of enzyme natural products for treating ear and skin problems. Natural antibiotics that work with out killing natural good bacteria. Use it and there are no more infections from yeast. Yeast turns our light colored dogs hair rusty red. Such as where they lick feet and around the eyes.
My three Maltipoos love to get out of the house no matter what the weather is. They have no problem wearing coats, sweaters and shirts. They do not tolerate anything on their heads. Only time I have had a problem Was right after Marley got groomed in November she got really cold and refused to move on our walk. I had to carry her home. After a week or so when her hair grew out a little, she was back to herself. Another time Barkley my youngest got cold at the dogpark because I forgot to bring coats and he got very cold and started to find a way out of the park on his own. He started throwing himself against the fence and tried to dig his way out. As soon as I put him in the car with the heater on he was fine. His coat is very thick but he is very skinny. As for the issue with the ears..... I use a ear drop called Zymox. It cleared up Bentley's ears where the stuff the vet gave him did not. I ordered it on Amazon.com It has lots of very good reviews. I also make sure that I dry the dogs ears with the blow dryer when I give them a bath. I also have put Bentley's ears up in a tiny rubber band by the hair that hangs down so that they had plenty of air. Lorraine
I wonder if the wind isn't cutting through Colman's coat and getting him cold. While I'm not a huge fan of dog clothes, I noticed that my late poodle, Cleo, and now Tara, avoided biting winds, though they don't mind warm breezes at all.
While Cleo initially wanted to squirm out of the light doggie T-shirt I bought, she learned to appreciate it on windy days, so I also picked up a doggie raincoat (with velco ties), which she tolerated on wet fur days. Neither appreciates/d sweaters much, partly because they're harder to get on (especially legs), and (I believe) partly because the yarn strands are more open than the close-knit Tshirt, which preserves warm air near the dog's skin. Sometimes I puppysit Cleo's son, Elvis, whose fur is thicker than his mom's, but is also often cut shorter in the winter than I leave on my dogs. He'll wear the sweater, but if he's with me on a windy day, he seems to prefer the windbreaking characteristics of the doggie clothes I bring out of my basement.
As for covering his ears with the sweater, my dogs don't even tolerate the raincoat hood, shaking it off (same with a halloween parade hat). I've learned not to mess with a dog's ears, except to keep aeration possible to minimize ear infections (remove excess fur inside and keep fur covered by the floppy part short).
FYI, Chloe bichon has a double fur coat and LOVES wind, whether it's flopping her ears or riffling across/through her muzzle. She whines when I'm driving with her but not with my dad, who lets her sniff out the window. Tara doesn't share that wind preference, but tolerates her BPF's cold window sniffing so long as my dad keeps a rag over her (Tara's) curled-up body also in his lap. And even Chloe brings her head inside when my speed exceeds about 40 mph, and gives the up-sign soon when temps are well below freezing (below 20 degrees F in Chicago).
P.S. Once I couldn't resist buying a faux leather bomber-style dog jacket. Unfortunately, the dog I bought it for passed away before the weather got cold that year. So I gave it to Elvis one February and he loved it on a very blustery day. I haven't seen it again, probably because the vinyl or snaps ripped, But today I saw some (not all) dog coats reduced at my local Walmart, including a $7 brown one quite suitable for a male dog. IMHO, LOL! Another shopper and I got quite a laugh at the camoflauge doggie T-shirt and pants, which we agreed was just too much!
Well April is a fair weather girl for sure. It may be that his ears are hurting. Smell them and see if there is a problem with odor, or if you notice his scratching. Poodles, because of their hanging down ears, get ear infections all the time. He may just not like the wind at all. April throws her nose right in the air and starts sniffing and she seems to like the wind. but not if her little tiny ears are hurting.
Mary in Alabama
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