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Old 08-10-2018, 07:35 PM
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Suggestions for dog ear cleaning

So, we have six poodle mixes (due to allergies in the family), and as far back as I can remember they have struggled on and off with ear infections. I don't know if it is genetic or what, we thought it was because we had a pond in our backyard, but we've moved since then.

Our oldest is 12 and he still suffers from it. I want him to have the best senior years he can, but every few weeks the poor guy gets itching, pain and a terrible smell as well as lots of dark brown wax. I feel terrible, I myself have gotten ear infections and know how terrible they itch and hurt. They sometimes scratch until they bleed, it smells so bad its hard to get near their faces, and sometimes their ears making a squishing noise because they are so full of liquid.

We've taken them to the vet, tried both store-bought and home-made products, and no matter what it just seems to cause more pain. When we clean our dogs ears they cry and it can take them ten minutes to get over it. Afterwards they are terrified upon seeing any of the cleaning supplies in our hands.

Does anyone have any suggestions of what could help? I don't want to go to the vet again to get a product that causes pain or doesn't help. Would regular ear cleaning be a good idea, even though they hate it? We've tried to keep their ears free of hair but they don't like their ears being messed with generally, especially our poor littlest dog. The vet plucked his ear hairs to try to help and it hurt him so bad he doesn't let us touch his ears anymore (its been over five months).



The poor things need some suggestions. Even if it is just a suggestion of what to ask the vet.


Thanks so much!
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If the ears are too clean it causes probs from a lack of ear wax, & it get dry & itchy. Wipe gently with a soft wet warm cloth & a little bit of Rawleighs salve is what fixed my dogs ear, although she didnt have an infection & there was no smell, the vet said it was a mild skin allergy, as she had stepped on wandering due weed then put her feet in her ears to scratch. He also gave me a cleaning solution which made it worse. Dont pack anything down into the ear, just gently rub it in and around the ear. She's had no ear probs since & no bad reaction to the product, so am recomending it based on that & also that no one else has been able to give me something better. Including the vet, who gave her anti inflammatorys which only helped while she was on them slightly, & came back once we ran out after a week.
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If the ears are really smelly, it could be ear mites, which would explain all the dogs having the same problem, since mites are contagious.

Itchy ears can also be the result of allergies, food or environmental.
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One thing I have discovered, that I believe helps with ours, is trimming as much hair from around and in the ear canal, as you can safely get to. I can by no means get all of it, but I can get enough to at least make some improvement in air flow. It could be coincidental, but we have had fewer ear problems since I started the trimming routine.
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Thanks guys for the answers! Sorry for the late response, I didn't get the usual notification, which I totally rely : )


Anyways, we brought in a couple of the dogs for other reasons (they are seniors and so go more often) and asked about the ears. The vet suggested giving them drops for a yeast infection every day for a week and than just once a week. They hated it, but hopefully it will make a difference. I'll have to give them a closer look and see.


All our dogs are poodle mixes, so most of them get super hairy ears. We make sure to keep it trimmed or it gets pretty bad. : )
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Old 09-07-2018, 02:35 AM
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Some dogs may not require ear cleanings nearly as frequently as others, so check with your veterinarian to determine your dog’s needs and to make sure they aren’t suffering from a painful infection or eardrum damage before you begin.
If your dog is prone to ear infections, cleaning his ears regularly is vital for prevention. How often depends on the dog’s ear health.
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