I check both the boys' ears weekly and double close after a bath. Wyatt (knocking on wood) has never had an ear problem and we've never had to do any cleaning. Just being really careful not to get water in the pups' ears during a bath is super helpful. If we get any in the boys' ears, I always dry it out really well with a towel. We did get some ear cleaning solution from PetsMart (I'd have to find the bottle now...) but haven't had to use it. I guess I wasn't much help, :eyes: but that is what the vet kept emphasizing to us when we got Wyatt...
Maggie's ears have been great, but I check them once a week.
During a bath, I plug them with cotton balls, so water doesn't go in. I also have some ear cleaner from the vet which I use after the bath (which isn't very often)
Ginger's ears have yeast infection, so they get checked at least once a week. I clean them using a solution the vet gave me of 1 part water, 1 part vinegar, and a tiny bit of alcohol. After cleaning I dry them with a cotton ball followed by Ottomax a few hours later to treat the infection.
Charlie has been shaking his head quite often lately even though I've been cleaning his ears whenever I get a chance(monthly), he absolutely hates the bottle too. Since he is due for his rabies shot, I took him to the vet today, perfect check up. So I guess I kept up with his ears cleaning. The vet said allergy can cause the itch too, benadryl helps. They sell those ears cleaning solution at the pet stores, squirt bottle kind. I squirt a few drops, and Charlie will do the rest which is shaking his head. The wax is suppose to wash out.
Hunter has never had any problems with her ears, and I clean them with a solution from the vet about once a month. She hates it and runs if she sees the bottle. Casey has had one ear infection which the vet actually thought was and allergic reaction to the ear solution I used to clean her ears. I don't clean hers anymore but check them regularly. They are usually fine.
The cotton balls in the ears at bathtime is a great idea, I only wish I had thought of that a few weeks ago when Bailey got covered in double cream. He knocked the container over on the table and was licking up the puddle from the floor while standing directly underneath the slow cream waterfall still coming from above, by the time we discovered him he was covered! Plus he had that real hangdog look after eating all that rich cream "I feel sick mummy..."
We normally try to avoid getting his head and face too wet when bathing, but this time we had to really soak him to get him clean. It took three baths to really get rid of it all, plus a new collar!