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    Stoli has one pink clean ear and one has brown waxy build up. My wife says it has a bad smell but I can't notice any. I am calling the vet in the morning. In the meantime should I try cleaning it with hydrogen peroxide and cotton balls? Or wait to the vet appt? There is no swelling, discharge, or sensitivity.

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    If you can wipe it out with a cotton ball and a little HP that may help a bit - but those symptoms are usually an indication of an ear infection. He'll need treatment.
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    Best to get him used to an ear cleaning regime if he seems prone to ear infections ( not all Labs are as it depends to a certain extent on the size of the ear channel )

    If this is the first infection then I would be inclined to take him to the vet for an initial diagnosis

    Jasper suffered with ear infections two or three times a year and needed ear drops to kill off the mites, but since I started using the ear cleaning solution, I haven't had to treat his ears with anything else.

    It doesn't really work using the cotton wool if the ear channels are narrow as you can't get to the affected area, but I spray the cleaning solution into the ear ( gently ) and it stopped the infections dead in their tracks.

    I use Sancerum Ear Cleaner - CATS_Eye and Ear pet healthcare but pet meds US has similar products


    But also found this on the web :-

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    Buying products to clean your dog's ear of that brown waxy stuff can be expensive. Here's a fool proof mix that will clean that gunky stuff out quickly.



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    I would caution you to clean sparingly. You can upset the pH in the ear with frequent cleaning. I'd look into what is causing this - is there a better food you can switch to? Some dogs stop having ear infections when you put them on grain free food. I would determine what the infection actually is - yeast or other. See the vet and they proceed from there.
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    My Frankie has one bad ear that gets like that if he has anything to eat other than his grain-free kibble. I found an all natural clove oil ear cleaner that works great and doesn't hurt them.



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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrownDog View Post
    I would caution you to clean sparingly. You can upset the pH in the ear with frequent cleaning. I'd look into what is causing this - is there a better food you can switch to? Some dogs stop having ear infections when you put them on grain free food. I would determine what the infection actually is - yeast or other. See the vet and they proceed from there.

    She is on TOTW Grain Free Food. I made an appt for this afternoon.
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    There might still be an ingredient in the grain free food that she's allergic to. Frankie is on Natural Balance Venison and Sweet Potato...but if he has the NC chicken the ear flares up. Both are grain free...



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