Cleaning Ears and Treating Ear Infections
Own a drop eared dog long enough and someday you'll notice a foul smelling odor
coming from the ears. Dogs with drop ears are notorious for developing ear infections. Ear infections can make dogs and their
owners miserable. Its probably the number 1 complaint of dog owners with their veterinarian. The dogs itch, and scratch their
ears until they start bleed. Hematomas can develop because of the shaking of the dog's head and the intense itching and scratching.
Because the drop ear hangs down and doesn't allow air to flow through the ear, they are subject to ear problems since a moist,
dark and hot ear is an ideal growth medium for bacterial or yeast infections. Because of this problem, it is important to
keep your dog's ears clean. Owners of floppy-eared dogs should regularly check the ears for a build-up or an odor inside the
ear, particularly if the dog scratches the general are of the ear a lot, shakes its head often holds the head crooked or rubs
its head. If your dog has these symptoms, you are probably looking at an ear infection. Ear infections can be dangerous if
they're ignored. The eardrum can perforate or the infection could travel to the brain since it is so close to the ear canal.
Always have your vet check the ear the first time you notice a smell, a buildup inside or any of the previous symptoms. Your
vet can determine if you're dealing with excess wax, yeast or ear mites.
This is the best solution I have used when it comes to gucky ears. It
was given to me years ago by a veterinarian.
16 oz. bottle isopropyl alcohol (or witch hazel)
4 tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
drops Gentian Violet 1% Solution
Mix all ingredients in the alcohol bottle & shake. (make sure you shake before
Treatment: Fill ear with solution & massage gently for 30 seconds and wipe
with a tissue. Fill a second time and just wipe without massaging. The dog will shake the excess out. Be careful, the Gentian
Violet could stain. I use a eye dropper to fill the ear.
2 times per day for the first 2 weeks
1 time per day for the next
1 time per month thereafter
If you are concerned about the alcohol burning the inside of the ear (it could
if the dog has been scratching its ear), then you can substitute the alcohol with witch hazel.
All ingredients are available at a pharmacy. The Boric Acid is usually in the
First Aid section where you find the alcohol. The Gentian Violet will be the hardest to find and may need to special
Even despite the alcohol, dogs don't object to even the first treatment. The
Boric Acid soothes the ear & the Gentian Violet is an anti-infection agent. This solution is also effective for the treatment
of fungus type infections on the dog including hot spots.
Avoid getting in eyes.
This recipe is only intended to be used as indicated above, site owners nor
Khayrick Rottwelers and/or their agents will be not responsible for any injuries resulting in the use of this recipe, use
with your own discretion and at your own risk.
The frequency of the ear cleaning depends on how often your dog goes swimming
and the temperature; you'll need to do it more often if you live in hot and humid climates or during the summer.
When cleaning your dog's ears, remember to never insert anything into your dog's
ear canal… NO Q-TIPS. If you notice something in the ear, please let your vet take a look at it instead of trying to
do something yourself.
If, despite following the above routine regularly, your dog still gets ear infections,
it may be due to a food allergy/sensitivity. If you believe this to be the case, you may want to have allergy tests done to
try and determine which food products your dog can tolerate. Usually if you change to a different protein source, the ears
clear up. It can take many weeks for a food allergy to resolve, so be patient!
Know however, that some dogs just produce more wax than others and it might
have nothing to do with food.
I must warn you all, if your dog isn't having problems with its ears DO NOT
USE ANYTHING IN THEM. If you do you could upset the pH balance and actually cause ear problems. If its not broke don't
fix it! Just wipe these ears with a clean/dry cotton ball weekly and count yourselves among the lucky ones.