You should check your dog's eyes and ears at least weekly. Check the eyes for abnormal swelling, itchiness or discharge. A thick greenish discharge can indicate infection and warrant a trip to the veterinarian. But more often, the discharge will be watery or fairly clear. If it seems overabundant, again, see your veterinarian. Your dog could have clogged tear ducts, an irritation or allergies.
Many dogs, especially those with allergies or dry eyes, find eye drops soothing, in addition to any treatment prescribed by your veterinarian. If your dog is in a smoky environment, or has just run through a field of tall weeds or pollen, eye drops are a good way to remove potential irritants.
Check the ears for redness, soreness, strong odor or overly abundant discharge. If the ear is sore, see your veterinarian before putting anything in the ears, just in case the eardrum has burst. But some dogs simply tend to have a heavy discharge. Some have a higher than normal production of sebum, and may also have abnormally narrowed canals. Such an environment is dark, warm and moist, ideal for bacterial and yeast infections. For these dogs, regular administration of ear cleansers can help to remove debris and also dry the surface.
Use an ear cleanser before instilling any ear medications, after swimming and whenever ear debris becomes overly abundant---about once or twice a week. The ears don't need to be absolutely debris-free, but should be mostly so. Our all-purpose ear cleansers combine a cleanser, antibacterial and anti-yeast agents, and a drying ingredient.