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    Default Cleaning Dogs Ears?

    How often do you do it? (straight up ears, not floppy ones )

    What do you use? Do you use cotton wool buds/cotton tip things, saline solution, another chemical?

    Just noticed that Batty's ears have a bit of dirt (ok, a lot of dirt ) in them!

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    I use baby wipes and just wipe it all straight out - works wonders!

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    There are lots of things you can use Angela.

    From plain old warm water on a swab, to ear cleaners that you buy and use to flush out the ears.

    I never would use cotton buds or cotton balls, too much crap comes off the cotton balls. Vet swabs (or those makeup swabs are the same) are great, as you can grap it around your finger if you need to get into the canal a bit.

    I would only ever clean out a dog's ears if they were gunky, dirty and needed it.

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    grap = wrap. Having a good day, aren't I?

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    I only clean upright ears when necessary, never had to do the Whippets.


    The Setters ears are done weekly with Epi-Otic as hers can get dirty even though I keep the hair at the base of the ear trimmed.

    I have had to on occasion use diluted Malaseb wash. I just know I have to do it and its part of her big weekly groom.

    Oh forgot to say I use plain make-up remover pads, the flat circle ones.

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    Hi there,

    I have a 5 month old staffy Barry with dirty ears!!

    I use a ear cleaning solution from the vet and cotton wool balls. I squirt the solution in, massage the bottom of the ear canal and then stick the cotton balls in after this to soak up all the gunk. This was what the vet was doing and I was instructed to do.

    I do this once a month or every 2 weeks if his ears are super dirty after the doggy park LOL!!

    The bottle doesn't advise for any more frequent than this.

    I've also found wet wipes as suggested good to remove any gunck I can see but wouldn't use a cotton bud.

    I also find wet wipes good for in between baths.

    Hope this helps

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    Lesson from our puppy pre-school (the vet)

    He made us each take a kleenex tissue, roll and twist it up into a long skinny cone shape, and then stuff that pointy end first into the dogs ear. Twist a bit in the same direction as you rolled it, and pull out to see what you get. If it's black and smelly - your dog probably has some sort of ear infection that needs treatment, otherwise not a problem.

    He, the vet, was particularly keen that we pay attention to any bad smells coming out of the dog's ears (infection), any excessive head shaking ear flapping / ear scratching (uncomfortable / painful), very hot ears (infection). But essentially ears are supposed to be self cleaning. If they're dirty and they're stinky, something is wrong.

    For some dogs you also need to check often for grass seeds. And in some areas - for ticks. Some dogs get ear mites too. Some of the flea spot ons are supposed to prevent ear mites, but it wouldn't hurt to check.

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    i wipe them with the corner of the towel when she has a bath, more to dry any water than to clean, our groomer uses baby wipes but because she has little lids on her ears if we notice any shaking or scratching, we sniff, if it smells of anything but her normal dog smell, we take her to the vet. if you catch it early it usually means a good clean at the vet and nothing more, if you ignore it, all sorts of yucky things can happen!

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    Batty rolled in mud and had a tonne of it stuck in his ear. I gave him a bit of a rinse but didn't want to just leave the bit of dirt there just in case it caused an infection

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    baby wipes work a treat!

    I have some special stuff from the vets to use in Sumo's ears because he gets really itchy ears from his allergies

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