Q&A: How to clean my dogs ear if she has open sores?

Question by faith: How to clean my dogs if she has ?
I already have a vet appointment scheduled was just wondering what I can use to clean my in the mean time. She has open sores and black stuff on the inside of the . Any suggestions will help.


Answer by Sammy
you could either use q-tips or ear wipes and clean around the sores. they should eventually heal or maybe the vet can give u something for the sores. if you use q-tips then don't go in too deep because you might damage the dog's ear. you can get around 100 ear wipes for about $ 10 at the pet store. good luck 🙂

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I'm a dog owner who does all of my two dogs' grooming. Dogs with floppy tend to get more . This is because less air gets into the ear canal to help dry it out. Cleaning a golden doodle's ears with liquid ear is a good way to help keep them from developing an ear infection.

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    • fionachicago
    • November 16, 2012

    Although I’ve watched Youtube for years, this is the first comment I’ve left. Thank you so much, this is so helpful!!

    • Blake Paige
    • November 16, 2012

    arnt u suppose it massage them on top of the ear

    • Kim Slater
    • November 16, 2012

    To loosen ear wax you should massage the tube that you can see when you look into the ear and past your dog’s ear flap. The liquid ear cleaning solution drips down into this tube. To loosen ear debris, massage the tube by massaging the skin on top of where this tube lies.
    Please feel free to comment again if I misunderstood any part of your question.

    • LucyCurlyTail
    • November 16, 2012

    volume too low (maybe my computer but dont think so)

    • Jenelify
    • November 16, 2012

    Very helpful. Thanks!

    • arkanangel
    • November 16, 2012

    Thanks for your info! I REALLY appreciate this video!

    • MultiJeddie
    • November 16, 2012

    Hi Kim.
    Our Goldendoodle Keeda gets a lot of hair build up as well as wax, does Bailey have that problem.
    Sometimes when she barks a while she ends up shaking her head.
    We have had to visit the Vet twice to get her cleaned out.

    • Kim Slater
    • November 16, 2012

    Thanks for your comment. No, Bailey doesn’t get a lot of hair and wax build up. As she gets older (she’ll be 6 in August) she does get more wax than before. I clean and pluck my dogs’ ears about every 3 weeks now and that’s enough to keep them clear.

    • MultiJeddie
    • November 16, 2012

    Big thanks for the quick reply.
    Next question :) How far down do you pluck?. Do you just use your fingers or something else. Keeda is only 2 and a bit, and hates having her ears done with treat or not, she runs away at the site of the ear bottle the poor thing.
    Forgot to mention thank you for the original video it’s very informative.

    • Kim Slater
    • November 16, 2012

    You’re welcome. I pluck as far as I can see into her ear.  The largest amount of hair tends to be in the upper 1.5 inches. I use my thumb and forefingers together, but if I find the hair too slippery, I use a pair of short blunt tweezers. For some reason, Bailey flinches when I pull with the tweezers but not if I use my fingers. You can lightly dust some baby powder into the ears to make the hair less slippery, too. Try hiding your materials and sitting next to Keeda before you get them out.

    • Kim Slater
    • November 15, 2012

    And I forgot to mention thanks very much for the positive comment about my video!

    • littlejissy
    • November 15, 2012

    Wow! Thank you! Very informative! Bailey is a cutie!

    • Kim Slater
    • November 15, 2012

    You’re welcome!

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    • November 15, 2012

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    • ladystang
    • November 15, 2012

    you don’t so vet can make an accurate exam

    • JobyC
    • November 15, 2012

    Wait until you see the vet if your dog has open sores as the ear cleanser might sting and make your dog scratch and rub them more. Your dog will probably have a nasty ear infection and will need some prescribed ear drops. The black stuff you can see is probably ear wax, but let the vet have a look first as your dog will need some anti-biotics to clear up the ear infection.

    Hope your dog is feeling better soon.

    • Freya
    • November 15, 2012

    you can use cotten buds and water the black stuff is just ear wax nearly every dog has it.

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