Most dogs’ ears do not require regular cleaning and can mostly be left alone. In fact, it’s better to leave normal, healthy ears alone and not attempt to clean them for the sake of it, because this in itself can disrupt the delicate pH balance and natural environment there. Some dogs with chronic issues require occasional cleaning to remove debris, or a specially designed drying product to help eliminate excess moisture from the ears after swimming.
Minor amounts of debris can be removed with a clean, dry cotton pad alone, which is the best solution for maintaining ears that don’t have a deep seated problem of any kind. Never try to clean beyond the areas of the ears that you can actually see.
If your dog’s ears seem to need regular cleaning, then homeopathy can be used to address the underlying issue. Although chronic healthy issues are best addressed by a classical homeopathic veterinarian, here are some remedies you can try for acute flare ups.
Pulsatilla is helpful for acute flare ups with sensitivity and redness, along with a yellowish discharge. Pulsatilla animals like to sit near open windows, hate getting their paws wet and won’t go out in the rain. They also tend to have a very sweet (and slightly needy) disposition.
Hepar Sulph is useful for irritable animals who don’t like to have their inflamed ears touched.
Sulphur is often recommended for long term, stubborn skin conditions and also has some success in ear infection treatment. Excessive scratching or pawing at the ears may be an indicator for Sulphur.
Silica is worth considering to help push out a foxtail or other foreign object form the ears.
Phosphorus is a good option for those dogs who suffer with cuts or hematomas to the pinna; it’s an excellent remedy for many types of bleeding.
For animals that have a severe, malodorous discharge that causes hair loss around and under the ears, Tellurium is helpful. The ears are extremely sensitive in the Tellurium patient and the discharge may have a fish-like smell.
When giving homeopathic remedies, use a 30C potency or whatever you have at home. Give the remedy once then wait to see if there are any changes. If the condition improves, then do nothing. If you see an improvement followed by a decline, redose. If you see no change, consider trying another remedy.