Message Number: YG6380 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Christopher
Date: 2001-08-15 12:36:00 UTC
Subject: Re: cleaning ears with hydrogen peroxide

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Katherine Kingsbury
<thunderwolf97@y...> wrote:
> I've been told the peroxide kills all the good
> bacteria in the ear, so there's more room for the bad
> bacteria so the ears actually get worse cleaning with
> peroxide.
In the ER we clean human ears with a hydrogen peroxide cut 50% with
very warm water and a water pick (made for human teeth, it shoots a
pulsing stream) and I've seen everything from massive infection to
cockroach parts float out. I've been doing my ferts with a bulb
syringe such as you would aspirate a baby's nose with, and the same
solution and we've not yet had any sort of overgrowth. Would be
afraid to use the waterpick on a ferret who can't tell you that it
hurts as you might damage the eardrum. I wouldn't suggest straight
h202 either.