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A dog's ears provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. To keep your dog's ears in top shape, clean them on a regular basis with a cotton ball and hydrogen peroxide or a commercial ear cleaning product available at most pet stores.
Dogs that have ear infections may frequently shake their heads and paw at them. Look for signs of redness and pus or odors. Long eared dogs such as the Cocker Spaniel may be especially prone to having ear infections.