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Why are my dogs' ears so dirty???

My babies, Rusty 2 and Penny 6 months always have dirty ears. They do run and wrestle in the yard 3 or 4 times a day.. There is no odor. About once a week I put a non alcohol based dog ear cleaner in them, and after they shake.. clean the ear with baby wipes wrapped around my finger. Every now and then they will shake their heads. Maybe once or twice a day.. The last time I was at the vet I asked about Rusty's.. she looked and said they looked fine... Is this normal? I don't seem to remember this with my other dogs.. the occasional ear infection, or yeast.. Oh, I also eliminated the bites of cheese as the bed time treat.. They eat Canidae ALS, Canidae snap biscuits or Blue Buffalo cookies as treats. They love produce.. Eat carrots, apples, broccoli, bananas, oranges.. basically anything I hand them.
Could they just be getting that dirty playing in the yard?


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I'm curious, too. Macy has slightly dirty ears and I'm not sure what it's from. Sometimes they stink, sometimes they don't.

You use baby wipes to clean them out? Hmm, interesting, I never thought of that. I use cotton balls in warm water.

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Yes it is normal and every dog is different. If there is a smell there may be an infection so you might want to have it checked out. But usually with weekly cleaning you can maintain their ears pretty well. Sounds to me like you are doing the right thing. I only like to clean their ears when they need it, but if you dogs ears are always dirty-brown buildup inside, then once a week should be good. If you notice your dog scratching or the inside of the ear canal is swollen and red, that would indicate an infection.

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Slight hijack here, sorry: Jzgrl-- I would recommend against using water on the cotton balls to clean your dog's ears... I could be wrong (and someone please correct me if I am) but I'm pretty sure water in the ear canal can help bring on infections. Think swimmer's ear. There are products you can buy for cleaning a dog's ears, or I have a make-it-yourself recipe that's a bit cheaper if you're interested.

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Slight hijack here, sorry: Jzgrl-- I would recommend against using water on the cotton balls to clean your dog's ears... I could be wrong (and someone please correct me if I am) but I'm pretty sure water in the ear canal can help bring on infections. Think swimmer's ear. There are products you can buy for cleaning a dog's ears, or I have a make-it-yourself recipe that's a bit cheaper if you're interested.

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I think you are right. I think a solution made for cleaning the dogs ears is better because it is made to try right up, therefore, leaving the ear protected against wetness and bacteria.

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This is what my Vet. Recommends for my girls Ear Cleaning.

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Yea, that makes sense. I soaked the cotton in warm water and squeezed the excess off and wiped Frankie's ears down when they were bad. It did help, I have to admit. I also have the purple stuff from the pet store, and I have Otomax if anyone's ears get real bad. Right now, Macy just has like little specs of dirt on the pinks of her ear.

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Yea, that makes sense. I soaked the cotton in warm water and squeezed the excess off and wiped Frankie's ears down when they were bad. I did help, I have to admit. I also have the purple stuff from the pet store, and I have Otomax if anyone's ears get real bad. Right now, Macy just has like little specs of dirt on the pinks of her ear.
At least you clean your dogs ears. There are a lot of people who don't.

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My boy Buddy has recurrent ear infections and they get terribly nasty. After clearing it up this last time I bought some some dog ear cleaner at kmart. It has done wonders. We still have to clean his ears at least every other day. On another note, my other two goldens do not have all the hair in their ears that Buddy has. I'm thinking his hairy ears may be connected to his excessive wax?

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Samson has very clean ears. Delilah's get dirty and require regular cleaning. I also use a baby wipe on the ear flap. I use the liquid cleaner or in the ear.

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