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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-22-2016, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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I've read lots of articles online about cleaning dog ears with diluted hydrogen peroxide.
Has anyone tried this? Is it safe?
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I don't put anything in my girl's ears, and only medicine from my vet for the few ear infections Kodi has had.


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Nino had a lot of ear hair as a puppy, so I plucked some out just to prevent buildup, but since that I haven't messed with his ears at all. Never touched Mario's. Unless there is an issue, there isn't a need to do much ear cleaning.

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Why?
Think I might have found a dead bug on his ear when I was cleaning it last week (or maybe its a small flea, a random little bug or an ear mite? - not sure). I've already washed him with pesticide dog shampoo to combat the fleas but it wont help with his ears. He is due for his front line dose in 2 weeks. Again, not sure if frontline will help if he does have any ear mites.

He was boarding at the Vet's whilst I was away and when he was returned, the vet asked me to make sure I am up to date with his frontline as he is based near the Forrest (high tick/flea risks there).

Just looking for precautions by cleaning his ears in case he has ear mites. He does scratch his ears several times a day (he always has).

Had previously asked about how to trim nails and clean Teddy's ears. Pucks 104 had recommended using green tea which helped the scratching for a few days.
Was researching and there are many articles that suggest using diluted hydrogen peroxide.
Just wanted an opinion about its safety (I've never used it). Its hard to know what to believe with data from the internet!
Am happy to carry on with cleaning outside his ear with cotton wool and green tea (maybe make it a monthly routine) unless peroxide is a better alternative?
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My philosophy is , if it ain't broken don't fix it. Here is more on ear care Must-Know Tips to Keep Your Pet's Ears Healthy

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Ricky has particularly hairy inner-ears, even his Vet says so. Both we and the groomer pluck his ear hair periodically. Ricky had a very bad ear infection (3 on a scale of 4) when we first brought him home, came from the breeder that way. There was a lot of debris buildup (GUNK) in both his outer ear and inner ear. After lots of antibiotics and a medical ear wash the problem was fixed but our Vet recommended that we use Epi-Otic on Ricky's ears once a month as a prophylactic. A small bottle lasts forever. We haven't had a problem since. It is important to work the liquid down into his inner ear by massaging the ear canal along the outside of his neck just under his ear.

I can't say you should do this because I am really not very knowledgeable on the subject. All I can say is that this is what the Vet recommended, we do it monthly, and we have had no further problems.

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