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Old 01-02-2013, 08:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hiya all

After talking to my friend who owns a cocker spaniel that is very prone to ear infections I was wondering how often you all cleaned your GSDs ears and if you you use a specific cleaner??

I have never had ear troubles with my dogs *knockonwood* so i have never actually cleaned their ears particularly thoroughly. If i notice there's a bit of black waxy stuff visible when just looking in I'll get a tissue and wipe it out.
But I have never considered buying an ear cleaner etc.
My dogs do do swimming a lot so i was a bit concerned by water getting in their ears but it doesn't seem to have been a problem so far.

Any comments or suggestions are appreciated
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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When they get dirty! Honestly, gsds in general dont have problems. Other breeds need almost daily washes/rinsed. Count yourself lucky in that regard.
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I cleaned a dog's ears in 2008 but he had allergies.
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Had a cocker spaniel and a lab before my GSD. Lots of ear cleaning with the first two but really the spaniel had to had his ears cleaned at least once every 3 days. The lab maybe once a week? The GSD...she is super fussy with ear cleaning and that is maybe once every two weeks in the summer because we are at the doggy beach. I haven't really touched her ears since Sept/Oct. They look and smell clean.
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I cleaned a dog's ears in 2008 but he had allergies.
LOL!
I try to clean mine weekly, or at least monthly. I keep a solution of Witch hazel, boric acid powder and gentian violet. Put a little on a gauze pad and wipe the ear out.
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Depends on the dog. The GSDs require very little upkeep. I have a Rottie and Golden with me that both have floppy ears that require biweekly cleanings. Makes me appreciate GSD ears!
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I clean Rocky's ears twice a week and brush his teeth every other day. My vet said he has the nicest teeth of any dog that comes to the clinic I won't have to pay 200+ for amnesia and dental cleaning in the future because of it!
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i do not clean.
just check every now and then.
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I clean Rocky's ears twice a week and brush his teeth every other day. My vet said he has the nicest teeth of any dog that comes to the clinic I won't have to pay 200+ for amnesia and dental cleaning in the future because of it!

I don't have to pay for amnesia, either.
It comes free of charge as one advances in age.
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I don't have to pay for amnesia, either.
It comes free of charge as one advances in age.
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