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    Defaultis it safe to use rubbing alcohol to clean ears?

    Or will it burn? Jacey has an ear that is very yucky and I cant tell if its red because of all the crap in there or if its infected. I want to clean the crap out but a tissue isnt working very well.
    It dosnt seem to be bothering her but id still like to clean it out..

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    DefaultRe: is it safe to use rubbing alcohol to clean ears?

    I think it will burn. I have a solution from the vet that I use (Otocleanse). You might call them to see what they suggest if you can't get that.


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    DefaultRe: is it safe to use rubbing alcohol to clean ears?

    A little hydrogen peroxide would be better or just plain warm water.

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    DefaultRe: is it safe to use rubbing alcohol to clean ears?

    Ill see if I have some peroxide
    I can call the vet but I wont be able to go get anything from them I am truckless till sometime tonight or later this week when we find a new car. (Cross yur fingers and paws for a G6!!)

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    DefaultRe: is it safe to use rubbing alcohol to clean ears?

    Rubbing alcohol is drying, but I used to use it on my dogs until I got some earcleaner from the vet. Mine have never had problems with their ears, but I clean them every couple of weeks with solution on a large cotten ball.

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    DefaultRe: is it safe to use rubbing alcohol to clean ears?

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    DefaultRe: is it safe to use rubbing alcohol to clean ears?

    I use the purple stuff with witch hazel if I think there could be sores in the ears. I guess you could use witch hazel.

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    DefaultRe: is it safe to use rubbing alcohol to clean ears?

    I use the solution Laura has on her site, but substitute tea tree oil instead of Gentian violet. If you want, you could use just plain witch hazel.

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    DefaultRe: is it safe to use rubbing alcohol to clean ears?

    Try white vinegar and warm water mixed 50/50. My vet says that this is one of the best ways to clean labs ears. Just my 2 cents.

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    DefaultRe: is it safe to use rubbing alcohol to clean ears?

    Thank you everyone! I used some peroxide on some tissue and it looks a lot better now! Thank you!

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