Cotton balls dipped in rubbing alcohol are what I use, but your dog won't like you much for it. It does clean and dry out the ear though, decreasing the chances of infections. Never use soap to clean a dog's ears, the basic properties of soap can actually increases your dog's chances of getting a 'yeast infection' in their ear. A washcloth adn warm water will work well too.
It's mainly for my younger girl. She's about 4.5 months old, and she has a few little dirty spots in her ears. Is that something I need to be sure to get rid of or is it a normal thing (like wax or something) that I should just let go?
I think that if you notice any buildup, it should be cleaned personally. Things tend to 'snowball' if you leave them alone. A small amount of buildup does lead to more blockage, and will probably worsen before it gets better. Best take care of it before it gets any worse.
I also use the cotton balls with rubbing alcohol. Oscar runs everytime I bring out the cotton balls. He trys to fir under the bed but the only thing that fits under is his head. But he seems to think that I can't see him. But I clean his ears once a week.
I have read and my vet said never use soap, water or alcohol in a dogs ears. I have used alcohol, until I heard that, which I still am not clear on. I use Epi-Otic that I get from the vet, with a twisted paper towel. Believe me, I do my share of ear cleaning with all of these Maltese. I also put a powder in their ears, which I can't think of the name of right now. The objective is to keep the ear dry.
My pooch has huge ears so they need cleaned a lot. I usually clean 3 times a week. My vet told me to use rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball. I always give her a sort of ear massage while I do it and she actually doesn't mind getting it done then.
I just called the vet, and they have a product they recommend and said they don't recommend using rubbing alcohol. But then I start to wonder is that just so they can sell me something. :P That's ok though - we love our vet and think she's underpaid anyway! heh
Getting back on the "I love Vinegar" topic, my doggie home remedy book says you can use one part alcohol and 2 parts white vinegar. Put some drops in the ear, massage it, and wipe out with cotton balls, do not use Q-tips.
even though alcohol has great drying benefits and is an ingredient in 90 percent of ear cleaners it can hurt the dog to use it. if the dogs ears are red, inflamed, pussy, alcohol will hurt them. have you ever poured alcohol over a cut on your finger ? it stings like mad dosn't it ? well that is what the dog feels too.
They have these ear wipe things at the store..which I have used..it is a little paper towel patch with something on it..but after I realized that I was spending too much money on those..I decided to start using baby wipes..they work great and it makes it really easy to clean.