How to keep your dog's ears healthy
Q: Some days we can hear the liquid in the ear canal of our four-year-old Labrador. Our vet says that she suffers from overproduction of earwax but doesn't have an infection. Can we do anything to help her?
A: Labradors are commonly seen in veterinary clinics for ear problems, which usually begin with excessive wax build-up in the ear canals, providing the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. The best way to avoid infection is to regularly clean your dog's ears, using ear cleaners purchased from your vet. Helping to break down earwax and remove debris from the ear canals, one quick squirt, massage and wipe-out of both ears once a week may be all that's needed to reduce her ear irritation considerably.
Scott Miller, vet