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600619 tn?1219707750

Cropping Adult Miniature Schnauzer Ears

Howdy i have a pure bred Miniature Schnauzer who is a little over 1yo he has gotten bad ear infections all his life. the vets have just told me to clean his ears and i treat them at home due to being tight on money. they go away and come back weeks latter. i have taken to cleaning his ears every week i use rubbing alcohol but the infections still come back. i have heard from the breeder that possibly cooping his ears would help as it would let more air get to his ears. but i am unsure if this is true and if its can an adult dog still get it done? he is my baby and i want whatever is best for him and i know getting these ear infections is not whats best for him. please and thank you for any help and advice anyone can give!
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172023 tn?1334672284
I have Dobes with cropped ears, and they had to do it while they were puppies, before the cartilage formed into a firm substance.  I dont know if it could be done to an adult dog.

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274158 tn?1276347187
Rubbing alcohol might be too harsh.Have you tried epi-otic? I got some from the vet and it's about 12 bucks. It helps with the crud in their ears. If you follow the directions, it will actually let the stuff slough out when they shake their heads, so it basically keeps working even after you use it. I use it once a week on all 3 of my dogs. One of my dogs got a horrible yeast infection in one ear and after he finished the meds, the epi-otic has really kept his ears healthy.
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462827 tn?1333168952
Rubbing Alcohol Is way too strong for ears. It actually will burn the tissue and begin a peeling effect much like a sunburn. Thus, leaving the ears wide open for infection to set in.  There are many ear cleaners available, but I prefer the more natural ones with NO alcohol in them. Your Vet should be able to suggest a good ear cleaner for your dog. They usually cost about $12-$14 dollars, but last along time. Good luck and hope this helps..................Karla
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600619 tn?1219707750
rubbing alchol was recommended to me by the breeder i was using proxide before mainly becaouse it is dryer. i clean his ears out then use the epi-optic. we can not afford a good vet at the moment i could take him on post but i do not trust them there as none of them have official training. will peroxide be alright to use? does anyone know if a vet can recommend something without having to bring the animal in? thank you for any advice and help!!
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274158 tn?1276347187
I wouldn't even use the peroxide either. I would stick with the epi-otic. Then, when you can, get him to the vet, ears can be very sensitive and hurt. You could call a vet and tell them you use epi-otic and if they recommend another one you can just go in and buy. Is there a humane society around you? They will usually see your pets on a discount. You might want to try that, before it gets worse and costs you more money & pain for your dog later.
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