"For most dogs, a simple ear wash every month will probably do the job. This is just a matter of putting in a few drops, then swabbing the external canal with a cleanex (or toilet paper) to pick up the dirt. With ACS, doing this once or twice a week (depending on the dog and clip) will remove the ear wax that can lead to serious problems. Once a pet has had an infection, the problems never end from there... and can lead to the ear canal closing up, or even such serious problems as them scratching the ear until the ear flap inverts, fills with blood, deafness, and so on. (Not to mention, once it becomes chronic, vets will treat the problem, so it builds up a resistance that makes it difficult to treat.)
"Things that help are keeping the problem from developing. The wash with inexpensive ear wash (sold by vets and grooming supply stores) helps considerably. Washing with Blue Formula helps considerably, avoiding vet charges, if you smell yeast building up. Lighten the ear flap as much as possible... well this helps to allow air to reach the canal. (Don't allow excessive length of fur and trim the top 1/3 of the ear flap to allow temps to remain lower.) Antibiotics will clear up the first infections, but if it isn't totally knocked off, the prob will just come back later and be much harder to treat" (firstname.lastname@example.org. Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2005 1:49 PM).
Colby Glass, MLIS