Keeping dogs ears clean

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Jennyhaschicks, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    What do you all use to keep your dogs ears clean? I use this stuff from the vet's office but I am curious if there is something otc I can also use?
  2. mom2jedi

    mom2jedi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    What are you cleaning them for? Just normal maintenance or are you trying to treat something like yeast or a bacterial infection? Most large petstores have ear cleaner (and depending on the store more than one) and you can even find some products that help with problems. If you are just doing routine cleaning, otc ones are fine. I have a Catahoula that has chronic yeast in one ear (floppy eared dog thing). I used the vet stuff in the beginning and followed their instructions exactly and the expensive stuff didn't ever get rid of it completely. Now I use an otc one and while it doesn't get rid of it either, keeps it controlled enough to keep him comfortable for much less.
  3. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    At this time just routine cleaning.
    She has had trouble in the past. (yup, floppy ears)
  4. Equus5O

    Equus5O Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've always just used a bit of mineral oil on a cotton ball.
  5. dinahmoe

    dinahmoe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2009
    central georgia
    i use half white vinegar/half water for maintenance and it keeps the ears clean and dry.
  6. ThornyRidge

    ThornyRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2008
    I use the ear cleansing pads sold thru Dr.Foster Smith.. I have also seen similar products at TSC and other pet supply stores.. I do my dogs ears periodically or when I notice she begins to shake her head.. this seems to fend off ear infections.. I have a Lab with the floppy ears also..
  7. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use my Jack Russel. He takes care of everybody else for me. If we have an issue I use 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water.
  8. Blueggchick

    Blueggchick ♥Dar's Blue Bayou Chicks♥

    Apr 18, 2009
    SE LA
    I have a rottweiler and I use a combination of 1/2 apple cider vinegar and 1/2 peroxide in a spray bottle. I spray a little in the ear and use a cotton ball to dry out. Helps keep yeast away. [​IMG]
  9. verity

    verity Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    we have Cavaliers and Japanese Chin along with a rescued dachshund ---

    I clean ears with a cotton ball soaked in a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water.

    When the ears are dry, I add a little Thornit powder to the area around the ear canal --

    This routine works for my 'floppy-eared' ones if I am consistent with the routine --
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2010
  10. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Cheap, easy homemade earwash.
    You can fiind the ingredients at most drug stores.
    It's great for fungus infections and ear mites too:

    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.

    Shake this solution every time you use it to mix the Boric Acid Powder.

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