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My dog has a hard wax build-up in his ear. Is there anyway

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My dog has a hard wax build-up in his ear. Is there anyway to clean it out?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
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1) When did you first notice this?

2) Is he scratching the ear?

3) Is there redness of the ear?

4) Is only 1 ear affected?

5) Has the vet tested the ear for an infection?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

he had an infection and I took him to the vet and they removed the hard wax and gave me meds for the infection this was about 4 months ago. Then about a month after that the wax was back my vet gave me extra meds incase he gets the infection back I have been trying to give him it but the wax is in the way and yes he is scratching at it. Yes it is only the one ear it is infected all the time..I treat it then the next month same ear is infected. I don't have the money to take him back to the vet to get the wax removed and I was wondering is there a way I could clean it out myself cause I do have meds for the infection.

Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Thank you for your reply.

How hard is / was the wax, can it be flushed?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

It is rock hard..I got most of it out but it is mostly madded hair with wax in it now..

Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Ok - great!

Do you have any ear cleaners at home?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Nope what is the best kind to buy?


Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Here are 3 ear cleaners to consider.
- Zymox (EXAMPLE)
- Epi-Otic (EXAMPLE)
- Vet Solutions (EXAMPLE).

I like Epiotic the best!

When applying ear cleaners, they are applied directly into the ear canal, and to prevent injury or pain to the ear or ear drum, a cotton ball is then used to clean out the ear.

Here is an example of the ear to see the normal structures:

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