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Q: What's best to use for cleaning dog's ears?

March 11, 2009 | By Janice F. | 31 answers | Expired: 1953 days ago

Janice F.

Tonka's ears get very yucky, other that an expensive vet remedy, what else can be used?

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Robin W.
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Mar 13, 2009

I use a solution I get fron Drs Foster and Smith...Ear Cleanse. It works great. Use some cotton pads...soak them up and squeeze it in their ears....wipe out the rest.

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Elizabeth S.
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Mar 13, 2009

i know grocery stores and pet stores carry pet ear cleaning care, but i have used a lil mixe of saline solution, water, and peroxide. a couple cups of water and bout a table spoon peroxide and tabel spoon saline salution. my boxer gets alergic reactions to pollen outside and it will drain and get irratated so that helps from getting an infection.

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Heather D.
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Mar 13, 2009

ALWAYS use a cotton ball and be careful how deep into the ear you go. Other than that, the best things are to use something from the vet or VERY watered down solutions that are mostly water with a VERY tiny bit of rubbing alcohol. VERY SMALL amounts. If the ears are infected, see a vet.

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Nicniffer
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Mar 13, 2009

For general purposes, witch hazel can be used to clean ears. If the ears are infected, you need to see the vet and get prescribed ear medication. Use a cotton ball, NEVER q-tips. I was a tech for many years. Don't use alcohol, too harsh.

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Cheryl B.
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Mar 13, 2009

We use EPI-Otic solution. Which i'm sure you can buy at petco. Or of course at a Vet's office. You just kind of pour some in (they dont really like it) but then you kind of smush it in or roll the outside of the ear to get the solution spread really good inside the ear. Then you take gauze squares and wipe it out. but be warned more then likely before your done they are going to shake their heads and solution will go flying! I cant blame them i'm sure its irritating to have water in your ears! But it works great!

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Leslieanne S C.
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Mar 13, 2009

I don't know about dogs..but for humans the best is one part white vinegar to three parts water(great for drying up drainage and such). Not sure if it would help or hinder a dog,but you could check with a vet.

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Joyce J.
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Mar 13, 2009

If your dog does not have an infection that requires vet attention there are a couple of things you can use. One is a solution I have gotten from my vet Otic-Clens, not really expensive. The other was recommended at our training school, hydrogen peroxide. I use an infants medicine dropper to get the peroxide in the ears, massage for a few seconds then let them shake it out, the use cotton balls to wipe out the excess. It is also helpful if you buy the little tool for examining the ear. If done regularly they get used to letting you examine and clean ears.

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Leslie D.
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Mar 13, 2009

Oti-Calm at vet's office, or you can also find the same type of blue liquid ear-cleaning fluids at PetSmart, Petco, or, even less expensive, Wal-Mart & K-Mart.

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Pat B.
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Mar 13, 2009

I always use Epi-Otic by Virbac. It was perscribed by my vet, but I am sure you can find it on the Internet or at your local pet stores. It a good product, meaning it is non-irritating and dermatologically safe.

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XXkassieXx
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Mar 12, 2009

most pet stores have solutions the best one that got my dogs ears clean was vet solutions it worked amazingly well for me

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