Dog Breeds Predisposed to Ear Problems
| American Staffordshire Terrier
||Australian Cattle Dog
|| Fox Terrier
||King Charles Spaniel
How to Flush Your Dog's or Cat's Ears
Ear flushing is not a whirlpool activity; flushing is gentle filling and emptying of the ear with a cleaning solution, and you should undertake it only with your veterinarian's approval. Use solutions that are at room temperature.
Using a Regular or Bulb Syringe
The syringe tip should not touch the skin.
Practice with the bulb syringe so that you squeeze so gently it does not whistle. That is the right amount of suction to use.
Which Medications to Use
Choosing a flushing or ear cleansing medication depends upon:
- What you want to accomplish—inhibiting yeast, inhibiting bacteria or removing moisture
- Whether the eardrum is intact
If the eardrum is not intact, your veterinarian will recommend products that contain: colloidal silver benzoic acid, malic acid, salicylic acid or povidone iodine because they do not damage the inner ear.
If your pet has Malassezia, a yeast infection, your veterinarian will recommend an antifungal. If the problem is with bacteria, the veterinarian will recommend an antibiotic that controls either gram-positive staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria, or an antibiotic that controls gram-negative bacteria, such as pseudomonas and E. coli.
For moist ear infections, an ear solution or suspension is preferable to an ointment, cream or powder. For a dry ear infection, use an ointment or cream.