So sorry Riley is going through this. We are battling an ear infection with Tina right now and its not fun. When I was grooming, I know the bathers always used alcohal to clean the dog's ears. It might be a good idea to try it and see if it helps. This ointment we are putting in Tina's ears is kinda greasy, but at least the smell is gone. Ear infections are a pain to deal with, besides making them miserable. Hope he feels better soon.
Puttin.. What if you don't defur, and there is no hair in the canal.. ever? Do I have a mutant dog? I use clippers and take the top 1/3 of fur on the inside and outside of the flap down to an 1/8th of an inch along with her head hair.. But the nasty fur is always around the canal, never in it,,
so sorry to hear about riley. hes one of my favorite dogs on this forum. i dont know much about ear infections. i know in children that develope a lot of ear infections, they can put tubes in their ears to help cut down on them. dont know why they cant do the same for dogs ?
i also found this link that seems to have good results.do not know firsthand, but it may be worth a shot.
My last cocker had very severe ear infections, so I know how you feel. We tried absolutely everything under the sun. They just got worse and worse, to point where he would not stop crying, so we had to put him down without any other choice.
I came across this website not too long ago, wish I had discovered it years ago. It explains how sea salt from the ocean can cure just about everything, including dogs. It's a must read!
After you click the link, click on the image of the woman at the top, then click on the link that says "The Dog Experiments". There are amazing stories told. You may be interested. This is just the info site however, I can't exacty post the other site where you can order but I'm sure you can easily find it in a search with it's company name.
Mafia, LOL No mutant, just lucky I would say. Some dogs get alot of hair in the ears, some less. Anything with continuously growing hair usually needs ear hair plucking. If yours does not need it at all, you are lucky, or your dog is lucky. LOL
O.P. , Basically the wax and hair gets all entwined in itself and if not pulled for awhile, forms a plug, stuff can grow in there, fungus, bacteria etc. And bam, infection.
You should be a fly on the wall of a groomer. These dogs that only get groomed like once a year, those are the ones with ear plugs, and it is painful to get out. Mine just have tiny fuzz in theirs and it would not show up well. Oh I have to say, the hair that grows in the ear canal is very fine hair, not the same as whats on the outside of the body. LOL Can you imagine that.
I was quite shocked when cleaning one of our rescued poodles, I help with grooming these dogs, I was cleaning his ears with q-tips, and jsut thought it was dark in there, but it was dark ugly wax, then I found the plug which was shaped like the canal. Hair and wax. Mostly wax, He was pretty happy to get that out. Since then 3 weeks ago, his ears look great, Pat myself on the back, Ha ha.
Check out the neglected poodle in this site. Goes from aweful to good. The picture of the ear all dark inside, it had sort of dreadlocks coming from the ear. And you know how dense dreadlock are right, Imagine that in the canal. Yikes. That dogs ear could be cleaner down further, if she used what I use, No dark wax would be there at all.