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To effectively clean the ears you must get deeper than you can safely reach with a q-tip, cottonball or babywipe. Use a liquid cleaner store bought or homemade. for Maintenence it should have a drying agent the minimizes the conditions that leed to bacterial or yeast/fungus micobial growth such as alchol. In ears that are imflamed because of an infection I avoid alchol based cleaners because they can be extremely painfull and irretating to the sensitive tissue.

A lot of the dis comfort and object dogs have to ear cleaning stems from the temperature differential of the cleaning solution and the ear. If as in a baby's bottle you warm it to body temperature the dog will be more confortable. Using a bottle with a despensing spout squeeze the cleaner directly into the ear. Massage the base of the ears with you hand for 5 to ten minutes ( and yes it will seem like an hour) It should produce a squishy type sound when you do, If not, add more cleaner. After the five to ten minute of massaging the cleaner deep in the ear canal stop. The dog will shake his head quite violently to remove the cleaner and in so doing it also removes the debris the cleaner and massaging loosened. Then you can follow up with a cottenball, baby wipe or what I prefer cotton pad to wipe the ear dry and remove aditional debris.

If the ear are again full of wax and debris in a day or two it is very likely the dog has a bacterial or yeast infection. Simply cleaning the ear is not likely to solve the problem. A trip to the vet for a culture and the appropriate antibacterial or antimirobial medicine is advised.
 
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