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Old 09-23-2019, 05:59 PM
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What to clean dog ear with?

I'm watching a 95 lab mix for 2.5 weeks. The day o picked him up the owner told me he'd had some problems with his right ear but his wife just cleaned it once a week or so and it was fine. He couldn't tell me what was used to clean the ear but casually mentioned they'd prefer have to do the surgery to remove the whole ear canal which doesn't add up to me.
I've had two cats with chronic ear issues and one had to have the total ear canal ablation surgery on both ears after he got cancer in his ears. Major expensive surgery with major recovery for a 10 pound cat, must be very expensive for a 95 pound dog. The cat was happy and playful with the complete absence of pain but it was a major recovery and this dog has separation anxiety as well.

So after a couple of days the dog started freaking out and rubbing his ear and pawing and pacing nonstop all night.
I videoed him and texted the owner who answers that he got my texts but no answer about what to do.
After a day of the poor dog suffering and keeping me up all night and I overslept two hours to work I texted the owner that if I didn't hear back I was giving the dog mybokd cats antibiotics ear drops and guessing the dose. I did and they helped.
But I ran out and now the dog is worse again. Kept me up all night.
I sent pictures of each ear to the owner but no answer. Since he won't let me take the dog to the vet, what can I clean the ear with?
I have difference drops from my cat prescribed from a vet dermatologist. Or are there ear cleaners in pet stores for dogs?
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I think only a vet could help you out with this question.

Really am shaking my head over the owners though, knowingly leaving a sick dog in your care without medication and without any help whatsoever. You can't get rest at night, the dog is suffering, and they don't want you to take the dog to the vet? I am inclined to think that they don't want to pay for the visit and treatment, and hope you will take the dog in anyways because you have no other choice, and then they'd leave you with the bill because they did not give you permission. Do you know at least who their vet is? Perhaps they can help out if you explain your situation.

Sorry if I'm a little harsh, but I can't be the only one thinking along those lines?!
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Littlefox, your not the only one thinking along those terms. The dog needs to be seen by a Vet. Check local shelters, some provide care for community dogs.
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To clean normal ears, choose a mild ear cleaner specifically designed to be used on pets. It's generally best to avoid vinegar, alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide, which can irritate the skin of some dogs and be painful to an already inflamed ear canal. Must watch here:
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