Dont clean them unless you ahve to.Its not good to clean the ears every week or everyday if they arent red or smelly. I have to clean one of my cockers ears everyday because when we got him they were so bad.you could smell his ears 10 feet away.im not over exaggerating either.Anyway get some ear cleaner from the pet store.Pour it in the ear until it starts to come out.then take your thumb and put it at the base of the inner ear.with your index finger put it on the base of the outer part of the ear and masseage for 30 seconds.Then take a q-tip and if the infection comes out or wax comes out of the ear clean it off with the q-tip.Never Ever Ever stick the q-tip down the ear canal.That pushes the infection right bakc down.Dont clean her ears if it isnt needed
Cockerlover gave a perfect description. All I can add is keep in mind that some types of dogs (long floppy eared types) are much more prone to ear problems so it can't hurt to smell them daily to stay on top of it.
Our cocker lost his hearing even with daily ear care.
I used to have a Bassett Hound and her ears got super dirty. I only cleaned them when I bathed her, which was every few months or so. You don't want to over-bathe or over-clean ears. I used a warm, wet wash cloth to gently clean her ears, and then used a Q-tip to get out any extra leftover gunk. Gentle is the key word in ear cleaning.
It's really weird now, because neither of my dogs' ears never ever get dirty. I can't figure out why, but they are just always completely clean. Go figure.
***Edited By: Cinnaeve on 12/18/2005 9:08:48 PM*** Reason: .
thanks for all replis i have apuggle with floppy ears not used to them we have a min pin with stand up ears that i have never had to clean just wondering if there were differences in ears thanks i will keep in mind.
Blue ear powder solution is what I use as a preventative method once a months when I groom them and it keeps my poodles ears fresh and infection clear.
Blue Power Ear Wash Recipe
16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%
Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
Please shake this solution every time you use it to mix the Boric Acid Powder. Either a baby ear syringe or a plastic squirt bottle work well for putting the solution in the ear. Eckerds Drug store in the pharmacy usually has those brown bottle ear droppers on hand to seel you or will give you one if you tell them why you need one.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if the are inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all. Just flush and then wait until inflammation is gone, which will be about two days. Warm the solution and shake the bottle each time before using. The dogs will accept the treatment much better if you warm it up for them.
Flood the ear with solution (gently squirt bottle/or a full eye dropper of solution).
Massage gently, wipe with 100% cotton pad.
On first treatment: flood the ear twice, wipe with a pad, and leave alone without massage.
The dog will shake out the excess, which can be wiped with a tissue. (Note: the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics so you're best to do this outdoors.)
Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks, depending upon severity of ears.
After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a tissue or cotton pad.
Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks. Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog).
Always put a cotton ball in the ear when bathing, this stops alot of the water/moisture from even getting in the ear in the first place.
If the ears are inflamed or infected, do not use this solution as the alcohol may cause extreme pain. And always consult your Vet before trying anything as there may be an unlying problem they need to address first.
An explaination of the ingrediatants to this solution are; Alcohol dries the canal Boric acid soothes the ear canal kin Gentian Violet is an anti-fungal against yeast and fungal infection.
I have used this method for about a year and a half and my standard poodles ears have not had 1 single infection.
I just want to add, the last time I went to my vet he told me he'd just returned from some sort of meeting/class/seminar and that the newest recommendation is NOT to remove inner ear hair--just a month before this the same vet's office told me TO remove the ear hair. Now they're saying they see more problems with ears after the hairs have been removed. He also told me not to mess with their ears unless there is a need--in the case of a dog that already has ear problems, then they do recommend ear hair removal.