Q. Dog shakes his head occasionally and right ear on outside of canal appears dirty--waxy like debris. Aside from that he appears healthy.

A. He may have or be developing an ear infection. Your vet can exam the ear and collect an sample with a swab. It may be yeast or bacterial in nature. Either infection can be easily resolved with medication and cleaning. Treat as directed by your vet.

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A. Excess wax build up is very common and if there is no pain, ulceration/bleeding or foul smell, an over the counter ear cleaner used daily until the ear is clean and then twice weekly should help to keep this under control. If there is any infection or pain he may initially require medicated drops as prescribed from your vet also

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