That's why I do the preventative maintenance -once a week.The ear cleaner is not expensive. But if the dog gets an infection, it is not only very painful for the dog, but also a costly vet visit , and time consuming - 4 times a day that first week for a dog whose ears hurt and hasn't been used to having them cleaned, then the 2nd week as I recall it was less. My Aussie did have a bad infection shortly after I got him at age 4. After it was cleared up I started the weekly cleaning. Never another infection for his remaning 8.5 years. Sure some weeks when I clean Sting's ears, there is very little, but other times, they are dirty and didn't look like it to me. Plus Sting is used to having it done and his ears handled, so at his annual checkup, it is easy for the vet to examine his ears. It is the same with the teeth brushing.
Zena has all kinds of allergies so it was necessary with her. I play with Riley and Shasta's ears so they dont have any problems should I actually need to clean their ears but neither have problems. Shasta is by far the healthiest dog I've had, including fosters. If they need their ears checked or cleaned, its done but otherwise I don't need to mess with them.
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Shasta GSD 5/5/10 CGC, ITD, TC
"Dax" Thor z vom Weberhaus CAX, CGC, ETD, HCT, RATI, RATN, TC 3/18/2013
Zena GSD 6/1/03
Riley GSD/BC 1/10/05-2/1/2013