I have read with interest the review where it is suggested that the ears be left well alone. Whilst this is good advice what about the dogs that suffer from recurring problems. The natural remedies are the best in my opinion. I tried some of the chemical preparations to clear up my dogs yeast infection and they just made the situation far worse!I now use a maintenance dog ear cleaner from pet-plicity (www.pet-plicity.com) that has solved my poor dogs discomfort. I did leave well alone and he ended up with terrible problems. I believe it depends on the lifestyle of the dog. Mine are often rummaging about in the undergrowth and need their ears cleaning on a regular basis. Natural is best as it will not upset the balance of the bacteria in the ear.
As anyone who has read any of my dog item reviews will know i have a rotty who luckily has never had any problems with his ears so my motto has always been if it isnt broken dont mess with it but at my moms i have a cavalier king charles who is almost twelve years old now, anyone who has ever owned one of these will know that with them having closed ears there ears smell quite a lot and are prone to infections, our vet recomended this quite a few years ago and we have used it ever since.
When we first started using it it was called leos ear cleaner, it came in a plastic tub with a dropper on the top to add the solution to the ears but has since changed its name to clean aural which now comes in a silver tin but all other things have stayed the same.
You can use this to clean healthy ears or to treat wax build ups, It keeps your dogs ears in good condition by softening any wax and disolving it before it can cause problems, it contains moisturisers and is ph neutral so is gentle to the skin and doesnt cause any discolouration, our charles has white fur around his ears so i would know if it did.
It is realy easy to use, just put a little in the ear and wipe away any that gets onto the skin around the ear and job done.
This is not cheap at £4.35 for a 50ml can but it saves my mom a fortune on vets bills by avoiding the infections in our dogs ears, it also helps get rid of the smellyness of his ears aswell.
I wouldnt use it if your dog doesnt have closed ears or suffer with his ears but if he or she does then this is a ideal solution to your problems.
I own a Bassett and was bought as a pup with canker. She now has a predisposition towards this menace and this ear cleaning solution was recommended by the Vet as a preventative. Air circulation through the ear canal in these dogs is almost impossible, and with the very hot weather in which I live, she is a constant problem. This cleaner fixes the problem in less than 2 weeks, without the need for operations, etc. I have used this product for over 10 years now, and my baby is perfectly healthy, and happy.
Thanks to SueMagee for her enlightening review about this product. However, there is the need for another perspective to this matter which needs to be considered: Surely the same advice should apply to dogs as to humans. Any ENT specialist will tell you: Never put anything smaller than an elbow in the ear.
While we all love our pets, and my own dogs are certainly no exception, please bear in mind that earwax is produced because we need it to protect the ears.
Alfie is a long haired Jack Russell, and usually manages to get rid of any foreign bodies like insects or grasses by a shake of the head or a good scratch. Other bits are easily removed by normal grooming, without the need to poke around or use a chemical product. The same applies to the new kid on the bclok, Harry who is a Labrador puppy. My vet would have fifty fits if I suggested using an ear cleaner on either of them. He also told me that messing about with your dog's ears could render insurance void if this led to an ear infection.
If you really want to use an ear cleaner, first thing I would recommend is only do so after you have spoken to your vet.
After all, who would want to even inadvertantly do any damage, however slight, to their canine best friend.
While SueMagee's opinions about this product are valid and extremely well written, I can't help feeling strongly that dog owners should consider carefully whether a product like this is really necessary.
If you know a friendly dog, have a look inside his ear. Even in the bit you can see quite easily there are a lot of folds. The ear then gets more complicated because the canal makes a right-angle turn towards the ear drum. Wax is just one of the substances produced along the length of the canal to keep it healthy and supple. The only way this can escape is upwards against gravity and a lot of it is going to get caught in all those folds.
Have another look at this friendly dog. Does he swim a lot? Does he love hunting in the long grass? Does he generally like rooting around in the undergrowth? If he does then the chances are that all sorts of grass seeds, micro-organisms and general gunk are going to be meeting the wax thats trying to make its way up and out of the ear. The ear then becomes the perfect breeding ground for an infection.
I have two Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs Rosie and Kia. Ridgebacks were originally bred as lion hunters, so the long grass is their natural habitat. They swim regularly. Although theyve got short hair their love of anything messy in the undergrowth means that we have to be very careful about their ears and my cleaner of choice is the Leo Dog Ear Cleaner.
The first thing to be clear about it is that if your dogs ear is hot, red, bleeding or showing signs of puss then its not an ear cleaner he needs its a vet. He may well recommend the use of an ear cleaner, but he will also want to look at the underlying cause and possibly give some antibiotics. The Leo Ear Cleaner is intended to be used on healthy ears, which havent been along to the vets surgery, with the intention of keeping them that way.
The manufacturers describe the product as organic solvents and moisturisers and Ive included a list of the ingredients under Quick facts at the bottom of the review. I was concerned to find Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in there as its an industrial degreaser but its the least of the ingredients and the vet assured me that it would not be harsh on the ear canal. The most startling ingredient though is menthol.
The cleaner comes in a plastic bottle with a long and very flexible nozzle on the top. This is gently inserted into the dogs ear and a liberal dose of the colourless liquid is squirted into the ear. The ear just below the opening - is then massaged. Most dogs will love this bit one of our dogs actually purrs with pleasure. The menthol will act within moments to cool the ear, which soothes any irritation and this effect lasts for about half an hour after the treatment. The cleaner quickly loosens even hardened wax and accumulated debris in the ear and cotton wool is then used to gently remove this from the ear. You should never use cotton buds or even a human-ear cleaner on a dog.
The first time that I cleaned the dogs ears I was shocked at the amount of dirt which was removed particularly considering that I had been cleaning their ears on a regular basis. My efforts had simply not loosened the hardened wax and debris. This cleaner is very effective but is still gentle enough for regular use. As my dogs have short hair I clean their ears once a week, but the cleaner can be used twice a week, or as directed by your vet. It must not be used if the ear drum (the tympanic membrane) is perforated, but I would expect any dog with this problem to be in the care of the vet and he would advise as a matter of course that no drops should be used on the ear.
Some cleaners stain or mark the dogs coat, particularly with regular use and this did worry me as both our dogs have a light, smooth coat. The cleaning can be quite messy, but despite using the cleaner for about a year there are no marks on either dogs coat.
So, how do the dogs feel about it? My older dog already had a problem with one of her ears when I discovered the Leo cleaner and shes understandably nervous of anything touching that ear. Once the cleaner is in she will happily allow me to massage the ear, and if I can get it just right she will purr! She has no problems with me cleaning out her ears with cotton wool afterwards. My younger dog loves the whole process and will happily allow me to go through the whole procedure without any problem. Kias ears are in excellent condition: I only wish I had found this cleaner earlier and I might be able to say the same thing about my older dog.
A 100ml bottle last me about two to three months, but I am using it on two dogs. I normally buy mine from the vet (goodwill, you see) but I am aware that it can be bought cheaper elsewhere. The cheapest deal that I could find was from www.hyperdrug.com where the large bottle costs £6.60 including VAT.
Ingredients: Aqua, Isopropyl Alcohol, Menthol, Sodium Borate, Chlorothymol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.