Doodle and Poodle Ear Care

Caring for your dogs ears..

Baby the Goldendoodle

For a lot of us Doodle and Poodle lovers one of the best qualities of our beautiful dogs.. which includes the Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Aussiedoodles and Poodles is their glorious thick and curly coats!i

BUT like they say..  beauty comes with a price... and as you probably already know along with that wonderful curly coat also comes a lot of curly hair in their ears which can cause discomfort and infections and absolutely must be plucked on a regular basis!

The weight of the hair in combination with the size of the ear flap itself, may prevent proper air flow inside the ear canal that can cause a number of health problems, which can be avoided by checking your dogs ears often and regular consistent grooming starting when they’re puppies.

The Most Important Step…

Plucking Ear Hair

For ALL Poodles, Goldendoodles and Labradoodles plucking the hair out of the ears is something that MUST be done regularly, and is usually done by your groomer. This is somewhat painful for the dog if not done right, and goes easier and faster with ear powder.


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Four Paws Dog Ear Powder, 24 Grams

Four Paws Medicated Ear Powder keeps ears dry while reducing ear odor. Aids in the relief of itching and makes the removal of hair from the ear canal easier.

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Watch the video below on instructions on how to do this.

Another Video

Cleaning your puppy’s ears

This is something that should be routinely done when the pup is bathed, but won’t hurt to check in between baths either. Simply take a cotton pad or ball, drizzle a bit of witch hazel, your clear facial cleaner but if you have none – a bit of rubbing alcohol onto the cotton pad BUT better yet a good DOG ear cleaner like Epi-Otic.

Poodle and Doodle Ear Care - Plucking Ear Hair
How their ears should look after plucking…

To clean, dry and deodorize the ear canal:

  • Tip your dogs head to the side.
  • Hold the ear flap up with one hand and pour a small amount of dog ear cleaning solution into the ear canal with the other hand.
  • Place a large cotton ball into the opening of the ear canal.
  • Massage the ear gently (especially at the base of the ear) to work the solution down into the ear canal and loosen wax and dirt. Let sit a minute. 
  • Remove cotton ball. With a second cotton ball gently wipe out the ear canal, removing wax and dirt.
  • Start the ear plucking process

It is unnecessary to clean farther down the ear canal than you can see.

Baby - Chillin on the Trampoline with Daisy

Here is a home recipe for the Blue Power ear cleaner:

Potential Ear Problems

Ear Mites

Ear mites are probably the most frequent ear problem and in a severe case you will easily be able to recognize them. If your pup scratches a lot on head and ears, if you pet the head and it leans into your hand, or grumbles when you rub the ear – have a closer look. A bad ear mite infection looks like dirty, crumbly coffee grounds clumped up. It can be from dry and crumbly to being a smeary balled up mess, that when separated looks somewhat flaky. And there are usually entire truck loads way down in the ears of that, by the time you notice that something is amiss.



Eradimite - Ear Mite Treatment
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Especially important if you have other pets [check them too], as ear mites are passed from host to host and can be a real pain to treat in cats.

Be sure to along with treatment also give the dog – especially the neck area, shoulder, top knot and ears as well as the back feet a very thorough shampoo [medicated would be good in this case, but any will do!].

Most treatments need to be repeated within 14 days, in order to get newly hatched mites that emerged after the initial treatment. Did I mention to wash the bedding and the collar as well? Remember to bathe and clean the bedding again at the same time of the repeat treatment.

Ear Infections – Yeast

Yeast Ear Infection in Dogs

These are a bit different from the regular ear infection mentioned below, as it is caused by yeast. A sniff will tell you that something is off.

Again – itchy ears, often scratched until they start bleeding, watery discharge, and an overall miserable, high pitched whining during scratching and restless dog. See your vet, this too will require veterinary interaction and may be harder to treat than a regular ear infection as they often tend to come back.

Clipping the hair on the ears shorter or shaving them to remove weight and allow more air flow also seems to help in addition to treatment for yeast. A dog that has frequent yeast infections, might need to be upgraded to a better quality dog food, as these can be caused by poor quality feed in addition to other causes as well.

Ear Infections

Ear infections are extremely painful to a dog, and often present themselves with heads turned slightly sideways, constant ear shaking, lots of scratching often combined with high-pitched whining or a deep groaning.

They can be caused by a number of variants including injuries, foreign objects stuck in the ear, and from excessive scratching due to ear mites. Some dogs are simply more prone to them than others.

On bad cases where the infection has not been noticed right away, the ear canal will be hot and swollen and puss may be running out – very bad-smelling. Very painful. Dogs can be in a lot of pain and show very little outward signs we might notice. 


Their Ears MUST to be kept clean and free of hair. The hair needs to be plucked out every month. It’s easy to do and only takes a few minutes. Get your puppy used to it from day one.. you don’t need to pluck the hair from day one but just get them used to the idea of you messing with their ears so when the time comes they will not be as concerned.


The ear care cleaner I trust and use the most is the Epi-Otic Ear Cleanser.  It was first recommended to me by my Veterinarian and it has been part of my grooming toolbox ever since. 

Epiotic Ear Cleaner for Dogs


The best treatment I’ve found that never fails me is the Zymox brand ear drops. Even when perscriptions didnt work this has! 


ZYMOX PLUS Otic HCZYMOX PLUS Otic HC with 1% Hydrocortisone aids in the management of chronic otitis externa caused by resistant organisms. Easy to administer, with no pre-cleaning of the ear required. Recommended for recurring otitis infections or the infections that won’t resolve.

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Zymox Otic Pet Ear Treatment with Hydrocortisone

Zymox Otic Dog Ear TreatmentI love Zymox because it WORKS! Dare I say.. even better than some of the medications you get from the vets. I highly recommend every doodle owner have some of this on hand just in case.

  • For treating inflammation of the external ear caused by bacterial, viral, and yeast infections
  • Contains no antibiotics
  • Destroys antibiotic-resistant organisms

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Chronic ear infection in dogs is one of the most common ailments found to occur concurrently with allergies. An ear infection is described in medical terms as otitis externa.

For alot of dogs, reoccurring ear infections come from food allergies. Allergies to food cause inflammation in the intestines, which leads to bacterial and/or yeast overgrowth in the intestines, which then spreads to the whole body, including the ears.

Therefore, the first time a dog has an ear infection, a question should already start to form: “I wonder if she’s allergic to something in her food?” If she gets another ear infection, the vet must start looking for the source.

Really curing the problem means first treating the symptoms, second figuring out what your dog is allergic to and getting rid of it, and third treating the systemic problems resulting from the food allergy, which is very often whole body yeast infections which is where a good probiotic comes in to restore the good bacteria in their gut.  I have linked a couple probiotic I use below. 

I also recommend the following supplements:

I don’t believe in over supplementing my dogs however I do use Nuvet Plus as a daily vitamin and for coat and skin health I use salmon oil. I use a probiotic when their having intestinal issues or if one of my dogs is taking a course of antibiotics. I personally like Fortiflora or Vetri Probiotic BD – these can also be used as a daily supplement.

Keeping Them Healthy:

Vetri Probiotics BD

Vetri Probiotic BD

  • Supports G. I. tract in dogs whose digestive and bowel functions are affected by food sensitivities or infiltration of unwanted bacteria
  • Designed to soothe the digestive tract lining
  • Provides ingredients that support proper immune function and microbial balance

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Fortiflora/Probiotics for Dogs

Fortiflora Probiotic for DogsFortiflora CANINE. If you have a dog or puppy suffering from diarrhea or poor intestinal health, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Purina’s Fortiflora for help.  This is what my vet prescribes me. It can be purchased over the counter.

FortiFlora restores the natural balance to your dog’s intestines with its unique microencapsulated live microorganisms.

Contains a guaranteed amount of live active cultures. Contains high levels of antioxidant Vitamins A, E, and C. Promotes a healthy immune system.

You just sprinkle a packet over your dogs food once a day.

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