I dont use ear powder on my dogs, but I know quite a few people who do. They seem to add a tiny pinch of powder to the ear when the ear starts to get smelly, or to build up with wax to clean out the gunk that is there.
With floppy eared dogs I find trimming/clipping away the hair around the entry to the ear i.e. under the flap really helpful for keeping the ear clean and dry as it allows more air to circulate around the ear.
The one I use is "Excel" by 8in1, simply called ear powder. The container says provides relief from itching and irritation, keeps ears dry, helps eliminate odors, fast acting. Also works great to help grab the hair with tweezers to pluck, so my groomer says.
My dilema, is that the liquid formula pretty much says the same on it's container.
What's your preference? When use which one? Or is it equally good, a personal preference?
plucking the hair out with tweezers OUCH!!!!
im going to look for the powder stuff, and try it out with pugzi, she hate the liquid stuff but unfortunalty needs it, she hates any water going near her face especially downs her ears (yes it is a hassle to bath that little thing, i usually end up wetter than her lolz)
The most popular ear powder in the UK seems to be one called Thornit. It costs a lot, but as you only use a small amount it lasts a long time, so I'm not sure if it works out cheaper than the liquid ear cleaners? My friends say it is cleaner than the liquid too, and some of them have found it to work better than the liquid stuff on their dogs that have ear troubles.
Personally I use a damp piece of cotton wool to clean my dogs ears if they need it, and that is usually sufficient. I dont like to put things in my dogs ears. On the odd occassion when I have a dog that needs a more heavy duty ear wax removal I use a liquid ear cleaner. I would use that before a bath though so that I can then clean away all the smelly liquid stuff.
Could you use thinning scissors instead of clippers to take back some of the hair under the flaps on a pugs ears?