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Post by Nifty staffy on Sun Nov 19 2017, 19:20

How often do you clean your dogs’ ears ?

Breeder told us to clean Nifty’s ears weekly with appropriate product.
Squirt a bit into each ear, rub ears and wipe with compress as far as it can be inserted.
Vet check-ups always congratulated ear cleanliness but it’s not really Nifty’s favourite activity.
Will regular cleaning really prevent ear infections or should I drop back to fortnightly/monthly ?
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Re: Ear cleaning frequency

Post by -Ian- on Sun Nov 19 2017, 19:53

Sorry, I'm no use whatsoever oh go on


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Post by Jenc on Sun Nov 19 2017, 20:55

I have to do Katy's right ear often as it seems to get a build up that aggravates her! Her scratching skills aren't the best & she usually hurts herself trying to scratch Rolling Eyes Her left ear is fine & I don't think I have ever had to do that one.


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Post by Nifty staffy on Sun Nov 19 2017, 21:36

Jenc wrote:I have to do Katy's right ear often

Ah, ok. But what is your definition of often ?
I guess that too often can be problem ?
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Post by Jnestie84 on Sun Nov 19 2017, 21:49

We check his ears but haven’t really had to clean them.


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Post by gillybrent on Sun Nov 19 2017, 22:58

i certainly wouldn't clean inside the ear canal - it can set up irritation which in turn could start an infection.

by all means check the ears weekly, but i would only wipe with a clean damp cloth. No need to use cleaners unless some dirt is 'stuck'.

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Post by LizP on Mon Nov 20 2017, 08:02

I almost never clean ears unless there's a reason to. I do check them every so often but only rarely see the need to do anything. I agree with the 'quick wipe only' approach unless there's a problem.


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Post by Nifty staffy on Mon Nov 20 2017, 17:56

Ok, thanks for the tips and advice.
I think Nifty thanks you in advance for the future “quick wipe” approach
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Post by Jenc on Mon Nov 20 2017, 20:37

Katy's right ear is usually wiped round once a week unless bothering here more


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Re: Ear cleaning frequency

Post by Paris1990 on Mon Nov 20 2017, 20:37

Yeah I just give Hank’s a check for any build up but if it just looks normal I don’t remove it only if it was nasty, he had a bad ear infection when he was a dot so cautious of his ears.
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