for the ears - again, clear this WITH THE VET B4 use:
Combine 1st-Aid strength H2O2 / hydrogen peroxide with cider vinegar - if the skin is unbroken, use 1:1 / equal parts.
If U even suspect
there might be open skin / any lesions or sores, use 2 parts H2O2 to 1 part EACH
distilled H20 & vinegar.
The vinegar acidifies the pH of the ear canal & knocks down yeast, which prefers alkaline conditions.
The H2O2 is a drying agent that reduces moisture; be aware that U cannot make the stuff ahead, nor can it be kept, as the H2O2 boils off & becomes water [losing the extra Oxygen].
For instance, 2 tsp H2O2, 1 tsp distilled H2O, 1 tsp organic [live] apple-cider vinegar, should treat both ears & waste little.
Or make up 1 tsp H2O2, 1/2 tsp each of distilled h2o & apple-cider vinegar.
Use an eye-dropper, & let the mixture dribble down the side of the ear-canal - DON'T insert the dropper in the opening.
It may take 2 ppl to do this, one to hold the dog's head with the ear being treated upward & head tilted, one to carefully dribble the mix into the ear opening. // Squish it around by mashing the ear pinna to the dog's head with yer thumb, gently but firmly; hold the dog's head against Ur torso with one hand, mash yer thumb into the dog's ear, & rub gently.
Itchy dogs will generally lean into this HARD, & groan as U rub - mashing it around distributes the fluid; if U let go of their head too soon, the dog will just shake it out vigorously, & no good will be done.
Pressing a 2x2 gauze square under the ear pinna will dry-up some of the excess; then let the dog shake, & standing her or him in the tub-shower is a good precaution
, so they can shake all the goop out of the ear, & U can flush it off the wall & shower-curtain, down the drain.
Give the dog a high-protein treat [something they tolerate well or thrive on] B4 doing the other ear.
Repeat the process, immobilize head, dribble into tilted-up ear, mash pinna & squish about to distribute, press with fresh gauze, let dog SHAKE, give a high-value treat; let the dog go with the bathroom door closed, so they shake while still confined, vs running from the room to rub ear-goo onto the white brocade sofa, the blonde shantung drapes, ________ .
U know they will!
This can be repeated weekly, or for dogs who swim often & are prone to swimmer's ear, after every swim [50/50 so long as the skin is intact
/ no lesions, no scabs, no weeping].
This is GRAS / Generally Regarded As Safe, but still phone the vet to get their opinion, just in case.