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Dogs ears - how to clean

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We bathe and brush and groom our dogs regularly, the problem is their ears! I can't seem to find or know how to clean their ears, they look disqusting inside them, brown and dirty gunk,q-tips doesn't seem to do the trick and they are always rubbing their ears. How do we properly clean inside their ears and with what? We have 2 cockers and 2 pugs. HELP
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Rebekah Haferbecker replied 11 years ago.

It sounds like your dogs may have ear mites. The goop and rubbing is a sign of this. You should take them to the vet for diagnosis and treatment.


Here is some info on ear mites:


http://www.vetinfo.com/dearmites.html


Hope this helps!

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Rebekah Johnson's Post: Rebekah,
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Rebekah - your answer was disappointing. You told me to take them to the vet, this was why I was trying this site, to avoid taking them to vet so we could find a home treatment. I paid for you to tell me to go to the vet?
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

Most cockers have serious ear problem at some point in their life. This is common with any floppy eared breed.


The only problem with this is that ear infections can be either bacterial or fungal in nature. There is a different treatment for each and you have to know which you are treating because you can do more damage to the ear if you put the wrong substance in it.


I hate to say it but you do need to see the vet to find out what you are dealing with. The vet will culture the ear and can tell you what the problem is. Then you can get an appropriate medication. The appropriate med might even be an inexpensive ear cleaner that you can get at the pet store.


Does this help more?



Let me know if you still have specific questions. I would be happy to answer them.

Expert:  Rebekah Haferbecker replied 11 years ago.

I'm sorry that you are disappointed with my answer but some problems need Vet assistance in order to be treated. If it is ear mites then you have to get them to the vet for treatment, there isn't a home treatment for this. Also, ear mites is a possiblity, without seeing a vet there is no definite way to know what the problem is. If you feel that my answer is not helpful then you don't have to accept it. I'm sorry that I couldn't offer you a home remedy.


Thanks.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Thanks for the help anyway. Have a blessed day.
I may still try a home remedy I found before going to the expense of a vet visit. They are so costly here.
Expert:  karel replied 11 years ago.

Until you get some finance to take the dog to the vet,you can try q-tip without some alcohol on them but clean the ear gently.Then on a cotten ball try some hydrogen peroxide.Also your dog as the other experts say might have earmitesYou can go to a pet store and buy ear mite medicine.This what I use on my lhaso apso,but please be sure to get to the vet if these temporary solutions dont workIf the dog is scratching her ear alot then its ear mites,but taking the dog to the vet is the best thing to doIf you tell the vet to just check her ears,he may not charge for the full exam,ask him firstAlso some vets have payment plans.The meds he prescribes you probably can get from petmeds or other online websites for meds,as the vets will charge more for the meds.Let him give you a script for the meds ,or simply tell him you will have the online company call him for the script which is what pet meds and mostly all on line places do.good luck,hope this helps a little.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Thank you soooooooooooooooo much for your help. I will try this. Thanks again, dog lover in Texas.
Expert:  jerrynkari replied 11 years ago.

We have too cockers and our vet said she has never seen anything like them, they are so clear and clean..One cocker we had you could not even see the ear canal it was so swollen. Since we have been feeding our babys this food from


http://www.greatlife4pets.com


it may be a little expensive but it has cut our vet bills 3/4% because the ears were the biggest problem.... good luck


we have not had a problem and the ears are amazing...


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