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    Default How to keep ears from smelling?

    Lyra's ears smell pretty bad most of the time--the only time it doesn't smell is when I've just cleaned it with ear cleaner solution and maybe the day after. I clean her ears every time she has a bath, which is weekly. I'm wondering if you guys have any tips to keep her ears from smelling? Would it help if I clip her ears up on her head a couple of hours every day to let them sort of "air out"? I don't want to use the ear cleaner too often because the instructions on the bottle says to just use once a week at most.

    The weather here is hot and humid, and right now it's rainy too, so I think the damp air and her ears getting wet from walks etc. is contributing to the smell. Any ideas?

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    In my experience smelly ears = infection or ear mites.

    I would suggest you get her ears checked out at the vets, it may be she needs some antibiotic/ antifungal/anti-mite ear drops to clear something up.

    Good luck

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    I would agree with checking with the vet. But you can also help by trimming her ears so that they are not so heavy, and trimming the inside hair around the opening - the important thing is to get air into the ears (plenty of running in fresh air!), because the weight of Cavalier ears tends to keep the inner ear moist and warm - ideal home for mites.

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    Smelly ears always signaled an ear infection for Sydney. I agree with the others, a trip to the vet is in order to make sure what is it. Also is Lyra shaking her head more often or scratching her ears. That too can signal an infection, or pain. A piece of debris could be stuck that the vet will be able to see.

    Prevention of ear infections is a good idea. Like Kate said, keeping the ears dry and trimmed on the inside is important.
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    My Rosie’s ears always smell but there is nothing wrong with them. I get the groomer to keep her ears trimmed on the inside and I clean them once a week.
    Just to be on the safe side I would have them checked by the vet.
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    I would have them checked out by a vet. Smelly ears are typically related to infections. Try to keep the ears as dry as possible. I trim the hair inside the ears. I quite using over the counter ear washes. The stuff my vet recommended works wonders. You can buy it off Amazon & Ebay cheaper then the vet clinic. It's called Epi-Otic Ear Cleaner. We use it once a week unless they get wet. I always use it after a bath or after they come in from the rain.
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    Brooky is like Sabby's Rosie, her ears are a bit smelly, but she has nothing wrong with her ears. Though, I went to a vet first to rule every thing out, and she said that everything was a-okay just to clean them etc. We now trim the inside of her ears and when she sleeps next to me, I usually put her ears on top of her head to "air out" a bit. Ha.

    Reptigirl, we have EpiOptic too, but i am never sure how to use it. I know some people put in the ear, but right now we just use it on a piece of cotton and clean out. What do you do?

    Best to check with vet first, then if all is a-okay, just trim and clean and air out

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrooklynMom View Post
    Brooky is like Sabby's Rosie, her ears are a bit smelly, but she has nothing wrong with her ears. Though, I went to a vet first to rule every thing out, and she said that everything was a-okay just to clean them etc. We now trim the inside of her ears and when she sleeps next to me, I usually put her ears on top of her head to "air out" a bit. Ha.

    Reptigirl, we have EpiOptic too, but i am never sure how to use it. I know some people put in the ear, but right now we just use it on a piece of cotton and clean out. What do you do?

    Best to check with vet first, then if all is a-okay, just trim and clean and air out
    We put a small squirt in the ear, massage it around a little bit (10 seconds or so) and then let them shake it out. Repeat in the other ear. Once they are done shaking it out I take a cotton swab and dry up any excess. That's how my vet had me do it. They don't necessarily "like" it but they get use to it. None of mine really seem to mind. They just run around afterwards all hyper Both Holly & Blitz had bad ear infections when I got them. They have not had any major ear issues since we cleared that up.
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    Actually, we were just at the vet's last week and I asked him to check her ears out.. He said there's nothing wrong with them. He even cleaned them out and the cotton was barely even dirty, so I'm pretty sure it's just the dampness.

    Her ears don't smell bad per se, they just smell. You know, the kind of "wet dog ears" smell? I think it's sort of what a couple of you have mentioned... they have a distinct smell that gets worse till I give her a bath and clean her ears with the ear cleaner. It's the kind that you squirt in the ear canal, massage, and then let the dog shake it out.

    ETA: I've been trying to "air" her ears out by flipping them over when she's asleep, but she moves around alot and her ears go back down, lol. I might be able to find one of my old hair clips to clip her ears up... she'll definitely look funny, LOL.

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    I use Thornit-it powder about once a month for maintenance-- it helps to keep them dry and yeast free. Just a pinch in each ear does the trick and keeps them clean and smelling good. A bottle lasts forever! We haven't had trouble with ear infections since I've been using it.

    http://www.thornitearpowder.com/
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