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Old 08-01-2011, 03:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm 5 days into a 10 day treatment for my mini poo's first ear infection with Surolan Solution. It appears to be working, the ears are not red and he has stopped shaking his head. After the treatment is over I'd like to give him a wash as the solution has made his ear hair greasy. His body hair is very short at this time so I think I can do the bath myself without going to the groomer. What is the best way to ensure that no water gets into the ears during a bath?
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But this is what I do when I want to get the shampoo off his head: I place my hand above his eyes and tilt his head to run water down his back neck. My thumb and pointer finger are keeping each ear pressed against his head so no water can roll under into his ears. After I get all the shampoo off the top, I lift his ear and now put my hand underneath blocking the ear opening. I run water straight down, pointing the nozzle away from, not in towards, his body. Does that make sense? When I want to clean the neck underneath the ear, I again hold my hand securely over the ear opening and point the water down and away never towards the ear opening.

I'll bet other people on this forum will have more experienced input for you. This is what works for me and so far I've never gotten water in his ears or soap in his eyes. Whew!
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Does that make sense?

Yes, your description does make sense. Thank you for the excellent description. I know it can be difficult to describe things in words.
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Well, I don't keep water out of their ears at all. In fact, I rinse the outer ear with a little bit of shampoo and water. The key is to make sure you thoroughly dry the ears after.

I know lots of people do try and keep water out of the ears, but I gave up on that when it never worked anyway. My vet had a good point - clean water from the shower is not full of bacteria and is actually a drying agent. So long as the ears are thorougly dried, it can be a good thing to rinse them with clean water.

My dogs have never gotten an ear infection from this. Only from me trying to pluck their ears.
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Well, I don't keep water out of their ears at all. In fact, I rinse the outer ear with a little bit of shampoo and water. The key is to make sure you thoroughly dry the ears after.

I know lots of people do try and keep water out of the ears, but I gave up on that when it never worked anyway. My vet had a good point - clean water from the shower is not full of bacteria and is actually a drying agent. So long as the ears are thorougly dried, it can be a good thing to rinse them with clean water.
Same here - as a groomer. You will probably need to use some Dawn or other degreasing soap around the ear to cut the ear med oil.
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Putting Dawn dish soap directly on the greasy mess (don't pre-wet the area) will remove most of the grease. If you don't want to wash his hair everyday while still giving the mess, try using some cornstarch to soak up some of the grease (brush it out of hair after about 10 minutes).
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That certainly makes sense that the ears can become infected from the lack of drying rather than the water itself. I'm just worried that the water will get in deep enough where I can't dry them.
I'll be sure to get some Dawn, that's a great idea! Thank you.
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