This is a very funny story. !!! Girlfriend said; one thing - breeder said; another. Caught in the middle of two females with opposing opinions. Hence, (1987).
Girlfriend works for vet cleaning cages for two weeks, know's it all.
Breeder worked with GSDs for 35 years. Sided with girlfriend, not because she was right, I decided the breeder was taking an easy way out not to trouble the animal.
Breeder, just put "Panalog" in the ears and allow the dog to shake it's head and remove sand and/or dirt on it's own, no tissue, cotton, no nothing, the ointment will do the job.
Girlfriend, Use "liquid ear cleaner wash solution" and allow the dog to shake it's head. Repeat when wet with solution and use soft toilet tissue on "outer ear" with index finger. No deeper. Once cleaned then apply the "Panalog to the slightly red clean ear" and check for redness the next day.
Yes, both were good. Hospitals clean and disinfect sores and THEN apply medicines / ointments. Panalog /Otimax are great to have in the kitchen cabinet.
The breeder was not wrong, I just feel the medicine should be applied to the clean ear and any discomfort to the animal will be minimal..
Try getting in between two assertive females when your single and in your prime, it's a scary situation... lol