|Barked: Thu Feb 10, '11 8:54am PST |
|I usually only use an approved ear cleanser for dogs. We use Vet Solutions Ear Cleanser, but there are many other good ones on the market.
But on occasion, I have used ONLY rubbing alcohol mixed with white distilled vinegar, in a 50/50 solution. I've never added water because our Tzu's breeder cautioned it could cause an infection in a Shih Tzu's ears. The vinegar "acidfies" the ear canal, making it inhospitable for yeast and bacteria. And the rubbing alcohol "dries" the ear.
Do NOT use this homemade ear cleansing solution IF there is any RAW or irritated areas in the dog's ears (it will STING), or if you suspect a serious infection. For a MILD yeast infection (ears will smell yeasty, or like dirty socks), this works great. BUT, for even a MILD bacterial infection...I'd go to the vet. You do not want to risk a ruptured ear drum, and I have heard of this happening when trying to clean bacterially infected dog ears.
I soak a cottonball, and then DRIBBLE the liquid into the ear canal. Gently squish the bottom of the ear base with your fingers -- you should hear the liquid squish around. You don't want to few drops in the ear, but you also don't want to pour a bunch of liquid in. Several good drops is sufficient. Then, let the dog shake out the excess. Use a cottonball to wipe any residue from outside the ear opening.
I pour the 50/50 solution of rubbing alcohol and distilled white vinegar, into a small glass. I then make a "warm water bath" for it, by sitting the glass in a bowl of hot tap water. I bring the solution to "room temp". If you have ever gotten COLD or VERY WARM water in your own ear, you know how jarring and even dizzying, the effect can be. So, I try to keep the temp of the solution "comfortable" for her.
NEVER NEVER use a q-tip or any other item to poke INSIDE of the ear canal...I'm mentioning this for anyone reading who may not know how to properly clean a dog's ears.
Edited by author Thu Feb 10, '11 9:05am PST
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