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So my new dog and my old dog have started licking each others ears fairly frequently during low key play. Argo has one ear that kind of sticks up and one that flops down but it isn't too long. Zooey, however, has the typical floppy ears of a doberman with natural ears. I clean their ears once a week with a wipe but I'm getting a bit concerned because I think I am starting to smell a bit of an odor from Zooey's ears. I figure the licking can probably increase the chances of a yeast infection in her ears. Short of the regular cleaning of their ears with the wipes, does anyone have suggestions to avoid an ear infection? Zooey was just at the vet and he said her ears look ok but I want to stop anything from brewing in there (pun intended).

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I like Halo ear wash a lot!  It's got essential oils in it that gently clean the ear and smells great, too! You just warm it up a bit in a smaller dropper bottle, squirt some in with a plastic dropper, gently rub their ear for 10 seconds or so, and stand back. LOL!

When they shake their head, it distributes the wash throughout their ears.

My dogs hate the squirt part, but love the ear rub after you put it in.

I got it in a pet store, and it's under $20 a bottle. A bottle lasts a long, long time.

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I've been MIA for a while and am sorry I've missed a lot of our new members.. welcome everyone. This is an amazing place to come and get some answers and suggestions.. but Fitzmar is right.. we're not vets. It's good to have affirmations and thoughts.. but please, get your Zooey to her vet and get her ears checked out.. Chances are it's just yeast.. but it could be mites and they are contagious..

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Thanks Kim, I was hoping I may get recommendations for a good ear cleaner. Zooey was just at the vet on Thursday and she doesn't have ear mites. I just want to make sure I do a good job with prevention because of all the licking going on and she has the floppier ears...Of course if it seems like there is a problem I'll bring her back to the vet.

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I know this might sound a bit strange but our cats did this to each other, turns out that a "quick" visit to the vet showed nothing, I persisted as everyone here knows I will when Mom knows there is something wrong, after much ado the vet did a deep scope and found that there is some allergin in my house that is causing excess wax build up in their ears, but it's way way down in there and can't be seen with just a quick passover like in an exam, the vet has to be looking for something unusual and probe down in there......but it caused the cats to want to clean each other's ears even though they showed no signs of irritation, mites etc. after scoping though it was determined that the wax would cause hearing loss if not removed. So 3 of them had to have ear washing surgery, it was not easy - I saw the video of it afterward and I could see where it got missed during exams....

Just a thought......