- Pet forum for dogs cats and humans 


Puppy Ear Maintenance

August 6th, 2004, 09:05 AM
Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for products I could use to clean Phoebe's ears. The vet said she just has a little wax build-up (of course, why should she be any different from my 2-legged kids? :p ). I used a wet facecloth, but it doesn't seem to really "get in there" to clean out the deeper parts of her ears. What do you think of those pop-up wipes available at PetSmart? Also, I seem to remember an obedience instructor from "waaaaay back when" telling me that you could literally stick your finger straight down into a dog's ear and it wouldn't cause any damage because the canal actually bends at an angle. Is this true?? :confused: I'd hate to be sticking my fingers in there and causing her any discomfort, or worse!

August 6th, 2004, 09:11 AM
I bought stuff at my vets office. I forget what its called but you just pour some in the ear and swish it around. After your done she shakes it out.
I will look at home and see what its called.

August 6th, 2004, 09:27 AM
This is the miracle ear cleaner and it cost next to nothing. Remeber to do it outside the genitian violet stains. The boric acid powder and the genitian violet are available over the counter at the drug store. We have spent about $1800. on Buddys ears and after the surgery had finally solved his problems this is all we use now to clean his ears even my vet was impressed by how well it works also good for minor infections.
Blue Power Ear Wash. It ReALLY works well.


16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol

4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder

16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.

Please shake this solution every time you use it to mix the Boric Acid Powder. Either a baby ear syringe or a plastic squirt bottle work well for putting the solution in the ear.


Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if the are inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all. Just flush and then wait until inflammation is gone, which will be about two days. Warm the solution and shake the bottle each time before using. The dogs will accept the treatment much better if you warm it up for them.

Flood the ear with solution (gently squirt bottle).

Massage gently, wipe with 100% cotton pad.

On first treatment: flood the ear twice, wipe with a pad, and leave alone without massage.

The dog will shake out the excess, which can be wiped with a tissue. (Note: the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics so you're best to do this outdoors.)

Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks, depending upon severity of ears.

After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a tissue or cotton pad.

Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks.
Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog).

August 6th, 2004, 10:50 AM
Would this stain Den-Den's ears?

August 6th, 2004, 11:00 AM
No I have had no problem with staining on the dog or hands. I did get some on my duvet and that it stained but nothing on dog or me that has been permanent. It washes off your hand it leaves a little but not much. I wear gloves.