Steve’s the official ear-cleaner in our house (also the official canine tooth-brusher and nail-filer). Although Kyndall seems to dislike having her teeth brushed, she’s very good about having her ears swabbed.
If she’s serene, Steve is pretty appalled by the brown smears he routinely sees on the cotton balls. He says Kyndall (at just a bit over 4 months) has much dirtier ears than 10-year-old Tucker.
We have no real explanation for this. Our dogs who’ve been swimmers seem to have had dirtier ear channels, for some reason. But Kyndall hasn’t yet so much as fallen in the pool. She does have large and beautiful ears, so we wonder if there’s less air circulation, and if that has some impact.
Whenever they get accidentally flipped back, we try to resist the urge to rearrange them.