QUOTE(jowoody78 @ 28th Nov 2011, 7:40 pm)
My Cavalier has gunky ears - when I clean them the wax is a dark chocolate brown. She has had this since I adopted her over 12 months ago and despite treatment for ear conditions the wax remains gunky and dark brown. Any thoughts? What colour should dog ear wax be?
My springer came to us with very dirty, smelly, infected ears. We treated the infection, and cleaned them regularly, so they cleared up. However, the brown wax and slight smell has remained. I have had the wax swabbed and checked out by the vet several times, but there is no evidence of infection, yeast, mites or anything else. He just has waxy ears (he might be prone to it because of the years of neglect, according to the vet). He also gets wet a lot, and swimming brings the gunk to the surface. As he has long ears, like your cavalier, they don't get as much air in them as dogs with other kinds of ears (pricked etc). The vet has advised me against deep cleaning too frequently, as she says that often encourages the production of wax. So I wipe out all the stuff that comes to the surface, and just deep clean once a month or so. One thing which has helped is keeping the hair underneath the ear (around the ear canal) very short. I use thinning scissors for that.
I also use Thornit, but not every week, as I worry about the powder becoming a paste which might block his ear canal when he goes swimming.