Next, with some cotton balls, clean out the oil and the dirt. You may want to get a baby's washcloth to do this also. The mineral oil will loosen any crust that has developed inside the ear and ear opening. This will also works to clean out the ear if your dog has ear mites, so that you may then put in the ear mite medicine to get rid of them.
By Alison from Warren, MI
My Lavender keeps shaking her head, as though she has something inside her ears. How safely can I clean her ears, and with what?
We thank you!
By Lavender Mommie from Sunny CA
My vet told me a little alcohol on a cotton ball. I've been doing this awhile now on my chawinnie and I have not had any problems.
I have a Pom Yorkie she is my love and pride. I have spent hundreds on her ears and am tired of having to spend more. I am looking for a natural way to clean her ears. I see the apple cider, rubbing alcohol, and water wash. I would like a better breakdown on the mixture. Can someone help? I am sure she would like something that actually works and so would I.
By Florine E.
My sister has a Porkie with the same problem. The vet prescribed Diflucan as it is a yeast infection. She was washing his ears with plain warm water,(when he would let her), and after several rounds it has finally cleared up. He also chews his feet. Especially after going outside. Vet says he has allergies.
How do you clean your dogs ears ?
Wal-mart an Kmart carry a ear cleaner/drying liquid, use a damp cloth and softly clean inner ear, do mot stick q tips in ears, place recommended drops in ears and take your fingers around back of ears and rub to make sure liquid covers all of the inner ear. If head shaking occurs take to vet, more than likely the dog has a yeast infection in ears and doctor should also pull out inner ear hairs.
What can I use in my dog's ears to take away the odor? She doesn't have an ear infection, and my groomer can't get the smell out either.
I had the same problem with my cocker spaniel. First, problem ears are many times the result of food allergies. Try a grain free food. Here is a recipe for home-made ear wash. I asked my vet if it was safe and she said YES. This works better than anything I've ever gotten from the vet.
16oz isopropyl alcohol or witch hazel (witch hazel stings less if the ears are very irritated.
4tb boric acid
16 drops gentian violet solution.
These items are inexpensive and this ear wash works. If you can't find boric acid in your local stores, try online.
Does anyone know of an effective, safe, and inexpensive ear cleaner that can be used for dog's and cat's ears to clean them? Someone told me to use white vinegar, but I'm afraid that would burn.
Brenda from Knoxville, TN
By St. Pete Ken
As a matter of fact my vet gave me this tip years ago when I had a Cocker Spaniel that got frequent ear infections. Just squirt 8-10 drops in ear holding head to side; let it stand in ear for a minute then drain. With my three dogs, while I'm holding their head tilted I massage the ear around in a circle then tilt and wipe out with Kleenex; usually apply once a month or if they are ear scratching. My current vet laughed and said, "Well, I've got animal ear cleaning drops here and it only costs 8 dollars a bottle, but what you are using seems to be working. Your dogs ears are certainly clean". Warning: If applied daily for 3 days and dogs are still scratching or rubbing ears see a vet; they have mites or bacterial infection. (04/19/2006)