They say that dogs have great hearing, but what happens when your furry friend gets an earful of buildup? From daily residue to painful infections, your dog's ears are at risk. How can you help? As always, iVillagers are in the know. Here are their tips.
"Odor is a warning sign, so we check our dog's ears weekly. When there's the slightest hint of smell, we flush them with warm water using a rubber infant's ear syringe. This home remedy was recommended by our vet." --betts40
"Are you cleaning them regularly? We clean our dog's ears with peroxide every week and this solution once every two weeks: one part white vinegar to one part alcohol and apply with long Q-tips. (Be careful though. If your dog has open sores, it'll burn. If so, use peroxide instead of alcohol.) After applying the wet solution, we dry the area with more Q-tips." --nimow
"My beloved Dino has stinky ears due to allergies, but my Bichon has stinky ears for no particular reason. Both dogs require the removal of excess ear hair, and my vet has shown me how to do this safely. I check their ears twice a week and flush with a product I got from the vet. Please be careful if you use Q-tips, though. Don't go too deep or you may puncture the ear drum, or loose the cotton on the end (I speak from experience)." --scully_22
"I've had three Labs with chronic ear infections. If your dogs are getting frequent infections, ask your vet to draw blood work for a possible thyroid problem. In fact, look out for a greasy feel to the coat, even shortly after they have been bathed. This is another thyroid symptom." --sherrylpet
How do you keep your dog's ears healthy? Visit the Dogs message board and let us know.