What's everyone's favorite ear cleaner/drying agent? Is there a recipe for one you can make at home, or better to buy it? We're swimming in a lake a lot this summer - how often do you use ear fluid? Thanks!
Me either. Unless there is a definite problem I stay out of their ears. Oh I might wipe them down with a quick swipe of a cotton balls, but I don't regularly clean my dogs' ears. To do so could change the pH in the ears, opening yourself up to all kinds of problems.
Alright - thanks, this is different from what I expected to hear! Even if a lot of lake swimming, ok not to treat ears unless you discover a problem? It's not regular maintenance? (Newbie question - Maisy is our first, 12 wks old.) Thanks everyone.
I don't do anything either until I see Shane shaking his head...
Same here. Sometimes I wipe Caleb's ear flap with either a baby wipe or a Stridex pad. But, as for putting cleaner in his ears, only if he starts shaking his head.
Originally Posted by Shane23
...then I use K-9 Liquid Health Ear Solutions
That's the stuff that's the same as the purple ear cleaner people have been making for years, right? I found that much more convient than making it! Now that I've figured out what food was triggering the ear problems, I use a simple 50/50 mix of witch hazel and white vinegar if I need use a cleaner.
No, ear cleaning is NOT regular maintenance. Neither is bathing. Doesn't matter if they swim every day or not. Do not put anything in those ears or you will mess up the ear pH and then you will subject your dog to ear problems, possibly for the rest of its life. (sorry to be blunt, but you didn't get the hint from the other answers. )
Wipe the ear out with a tissue or cotton ball and that's it. If there is a discharge in the ear, then take the dog to the vet to determine if it's bacterial or yeast. Never treat an ear problem by yourself without finding out what it is you are dealing with.
I have always just kept baby wipes on hand if needed for outer ear cleaning if needed, make sure they are dry if they have gotten wet . I have used for their ears if there was an issue the purple power ear solution and had good results with it but I ok'd it with my vet first as our newf mix had horrible ear issues and it helped him.