For our first 'Best of' KB-L of 2018, a question of the week regarding Kerry ear cleaning practices elicited the following thoughtful response from Pat as to how she cares for her Darby's ears. Her post is concise, comprehensive and persuasive; her method certainly worthy of consideration.
(Doug is still filling in for Anne for this feature. We look forward to her recovery and return!)
From: Pat Harrelson - Sherwood, Arkansas
Date: Jan 14, 2016
Subject: QOTW #789: How do you care for the insides of your Kerry's ears?
I use medicated powder and puff a small amount in the ear. Then pull the hair out with my fingers or a hemostat. Then I fill the ear with a small amount of R-7 Ear Cleaner, leave it about a minute while massaging the ear and then use cotton balls to clean out the liquid. I am now using this on Darby my fourth Kerry. At 7 months he doesn't like it-particularly the ear cleaning liquid but I hope he will gradually accept it. I may try Linda's vinegar and water solution. I have read arguments against pulling the hair out but it does seem like a good thing - particularly when the vet needs to examine the ears.