Discussion in 'Dog Health Care' started by bogolove, Nov 5, 2004.
How often are you supposed to clean your dog's ears under normal circumstances? What do you use?
and how do you?? it smells like something died in roxy's ear
If there is a foul odor, you probably will want to have the vet check it for a fungal or parasitic infection.
One of the safest ways to clean a dog's ears is to use a dropper of sweet oil, rubbed well into the ear, then let the dog shake its head. I'd suggest doing this outside . . .
i heard somewhere that you use a mixture of vinegar and water at 1:1 and then you dip a cotton ball in it and put it in the dogs ear and then close the ear flap and massage it a little and then remove the cotton ball and wipe off excess stuff. does that work?
I've never done it that way, but the theory sounds okay - as long as the cotton ball doesn't get down too far . . . I'm guessing that you were advised to use the vinegar solution so that the acid ph will [hopefully] eliminate whatever fungus or yeast was causing the smell. I'm going to add the suggestion that you warm whatever you use to a temperature that you can't feel when dripped on the inside of your wrist. Too cold is going to be unpleasant for your dog, and, well, we don't even need to discuss too warm.
Renee - where do you get sweet oil?