maybe a question for the vets here. dog has black crud in his ears. I am reading it could be ear mites, a bacterial infection, just dirt?
if i clean them out with a q-tip, how soon would it come back if it was something more serious then him just living outside on the dirt? what other symptoms would i be looking for? is it fine to just use a q-tip or should i be cleaning them with a vinegar solution?
I had a young dog that had thick waxy black stuff in the ear. It ended up being some type of yeast? I guess it's common. I flushed it out with a solution and cleaned it with a rag and q-tips. Stuff stopped coming back after a week.
If its known mites, they are highly contagious. You should treat the entire kennel and FINISH the cycle of treatment. Whatever the bottle says. I got some over the counter stuff that did the trick. I think they have a 3 week life cycle so must repeat in 3 weeks. Also, OTHER cleaning of the ears may be needed with a gentile wash. Infection and yeast may or may not be an effect, and if so might have to use some antibiotics too.
If it is yeast you have to remove the black crud or it will just keep feeding new yeast and or bacteria. Q-tips are not good at getting the crud you can't see - flushing the ear with a good earwash is a better idea. Fill the ear canal with the cleaner and squoosh it around for a bit and then let dog shake it out.