Re: Ear Infection? Ear Mites? Ear wax?
posted at 2/13/2012 6:27 AM EST
Some breeds (poodles, shih tzus, pekes etc) are more prone to having ear wax (brown gunk) buildup that can lead to irritation and infection.
So you'll need some ear drops/medication and ear cleaner solution or wipes, there are several good brands, some contain Pyethrins which will kill ear mites, the one I'm using now is Gold Medal Herbal & Botanical Ear Mite & Tick Control (contains Pyethrins), I have three dogs, one only needs it once a month as a precaution the other two more like once a week, doing it too often could cause irritation.
The directions are on the label, just put 3-4 fat drops in the ear with the dog's head tilted so the solution goes deep down, gently rub the ear, you'll hear the solution swish around, VERY GENTLY insert a Q-tip into the ear canal follow the natural structure, carefully move the Q-tip around and bring up the gunk (this is how I do it, your vet may describe a different way as you have to be very careful not to damage the ear drum), get a new Q-tip and do this a few times until you see no more gunk.
If the dog has hair growth in her ear, that hair needs to be trimmed, there are special small safety scissors you can get at the pet supply store.
If you're squeamish about this, you could take her to a groomer and have them do it while you watch plus they should be able to tell you if she needs the attention of a vet. Petco has supplies and grooming services all in one place and dogs are allowed!
When you do this routinely the stuff won't build up, in fact once under control as long as the Q-tip is coming up clean, you may only need to use one Q-tip or a wipe each time.
PS: They can have mites in one ear, eventually by scratching she'll transfer it to the other ear so you should treat both. If you don't see improvement within a few days or notice foul odor, that may indicate infection and she should be seen by a vet.