Something often overlooked in the caring of dogs is their ears. Just like us humans they get wax build-up which lowers hearing capabilities but they are also susceptible to other ear problems. Especially breeds with long, floppy ears.
Caring for your dog’s ears does not have to be an ordeal. A weekly or bi-weekly check is sufficient to check the presence of wax build-up, parasites or blisters.
While some wax is acceptable, an excessive amount is not, and should be removed. You can do this yourself and loosen the wax build-up by moistening cotton balls or a soft cloth with several drops of almond or mineral oil and wipe the parts of the ear that are accessible. Do not use Q-Tips, as this can injure the ear drum when delving inside and can push debris into the ear and cause painful ear infections.
This should be followed by a flushing of the ear with one part vinegar and three parts water. Press cotton balls to dry it. Make sure you keep his ears dry, as moisture can exacerbate the growth of bacteria that causes the infection.
Droopy ears, ears with hairy canals, dogs who love to swim and those plagued with allergies are generally more likely to get infections, but all dogs are at risk. All infections are painful and intensifies as it spreads deeper. Most dogs will shake their heads, scratch at the ear and may hang their head to one side. There is often an odor that accompanies the infection.
For other doggie ear ailments read more here.