Being of a scientific nature without using proper scientific methods, I decided I want to use a commercial ear cleaner to see how my homemade recipes stack up to it.
Everywhere I read, people are recommending Epi-Otic Advanced Care (Including Carolina's Mom, thank you!). So I swing by the petstore and get the run around. Grrrrr. First it was 'you can only get that at the vet.' Well you have a vet office here, can I pick it up here? So they call the vet tech out and its "Oh, they don't make that anymore" (Oh, I don't buy that for a second!) then it was "in order to purchase an ear cleaner, you need a prescription which requires an office visit."
Ha! Fine, I'll order it off Amazon. In the mean time, I got a an OTC version, which I picked up for $6.00. It's small, 4 oz, and Bear deals with it better if I soak a cotton ball so I doubt this bottle will last long.
Other than that, this extra handling is doing wonders for his training. I was able to trim his paws (first time) with little to no frustration, and fidgeting. I put him in a down stay, put a treat on my thigh, and after each snip, he got his treat. I'm so proud of him!
As of right now, he's ears look normal. No smell, no itching, no redness. I will keep up on the weekly cleanings (probabely twice a week for now) and I'm thinking of treating him with the concoction once a month, or as needed.
Thank you ALL for helping and bearing with me while I figured this out. I really really really appreciate.