Today I’m going to talk about how to prevent ear infections in dogs. Any dog can get an ear infection, but those of us with long floppy ears are much more likely to have the problem, and if your inner ears are hairy like mine, you are destined for ear trouble! I first posted about how I cured my chronic ear infections back in 2012.
I was born with super long cute ears. Mom was told about keeping my ears clean and possibly plucking out some inner ear hair, but we had no idea these ears would be such a magnet for infections.
I’m a pretty furry girl, even the inside of my ears are furry. It really is no surprise, when my vet looked into my ears at the time I was six months old, there was a lot of stuff down in there. I had chronic ear infections for the first four to five years of my life. It was really bad and Mom was not happy giving me antibiotics all the time for the infections.
My groomer shaves around the opening to my ear canal to help keep stuff from accumulating in there. We tried around a bizillion different ear cleaners from prescription, to expensive, and cheap off the shelf cleaners, but nothing worked, and they seemed to cause an infection within a few days. We started wondering if there really was a way to prevent ear infections in dogs.
Some long ear dogs like my sister Bailie don’t have as much inner ear fur. She has never had an ear infection. We don’t know if it is her, or the fact that she has been using my ear wash recipe since she was a pup, but we are thrilled she has healthy ears!
Through Facebook, Mom stumbled onto a breeder talking about homemade ear cleaner and how it was the best ever. We were desperate and willing to try anything, so we downloaded the recipe, made a batch and started using it. Before using this, your dogs ears need to be infection free, and we suggest you check with your vet. This is a recipe we are sharing because it is a miracle for us, but it may not be right for all dogs. We have since found out, my groomer uses the same recipe in her salon and on her own Cocker Spaniel, and it is a well know recipe among breeders of long ear dogs.
I used this ear cleaner as directed the first weeks, Bailie and I use it now once a month, after we go swimming, and I have been infection free for about five years now. It is wonderful! Long, furry, floppy ears should be fun, not infected! If you’re looking for a way to prevent ear infections in dogs, I highly recommend you download and try the Blue Power Ear Wash.