Posted : 2/25/2009 9:31:40 AM
One of my college housemates was really picky about our pets having clean ears, so she would clean them each once a week or so. I think she did use a little bit of baby oil. I can't remember why....I think because the ear wax is oily, so just a wipe moistened with water isn't going to pick it up or break it up. She didn't actually drop baby oil in the ears, just moistened a wipe with it and gently rubbed out whatever wax was visible. For my dogs, I buy these canisters of pre-moistened wipes, and they are oily to the touch. The mometamax ointments I use to treat Kenya's yeast infections (prescription from the vet) are also oily. I never put anything that isn't prescription down in the ears, I've heard too many times that many home remedies just flush or push the yeast farther into the canal. When she has a yeast infection, I put a few drops in her ears once a day, I massage her ears, and then I wipe out whatever gunk I can see with my wipes (but I don't push or dig them deep into her ears).
If the animal already has an infection, that would have to be treated, just putting more oil in the ears and wiping them is not going to kill the infection (but it's important to keep the ears clean while treating the infection).