Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
Malacetic is a good ear cleaner. It does NOT sting, but I think that it may leave an oily residue--use it sparingly, a little goes a long way, and wipe off as much excess as you can.
Personally, I wouldn't put anything containing water in the ears, as the lingering moisture provides a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. I use a vinegar/rubbing alcohol solution to clean and maintain healthy ears. The alcohol is drying, and the vinegar leaves an acidic residue. But don't use this in ears with open sores, as it will burn like crazy!
I would simply use whatever the vet gave you; don't mix other stuff in with it, and don't use the "kitchen sink" approach with sore ears. If it's been cultured to show psuedomonas, you want a treatment that will kill pseudomonas, and not a bunch of other stuff that may change the pH or compromise the activity of the medication your vet has prescribed.