inspect your dogs ears, best under excellent light, and,
maybe even with a flashlight. Use a clean Q-tip to gently
swab the outer ear area. It is best not to shove a Q-tip
into the ear canal. If debris is present, try not to push
it down furhter into the ear canal. If in doubt, contact
your local vet.
If you detect a reddish brown substance you will want to
contact your vet. Your dog may have ear mites, a bacterial
or yeast infection. In some instances your dog's ear(s)
might be festering with all three. A quick look under the
vet's microscope will help determine the nature of the problem.
If you notice your dog shaking its head or scratching often,
you may want to contact your vet to set up an examine. Ear
infections if left untreated can lead to deafness and other