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If the ear is itchy and red, and you see this brown stuff, then this indicates she has an infection. The most common infection to cause these signs is a yeast infection. Yeast if a very common infection in the ears, especially in this breed. It can occur secondary to having had a bath or swim in the past week or so, or related to an underlying allergy (such as food allergy or atopic dermatiits/environmental allergy). There is not a lot you can do over-the-counter for this other than cleanse out the ear with an appropriate ear cleaner that you can purchase for dogs. Just do this clean every 2 to 5 days. In some situations this might actually improve the situation. If you do not have access to a petstore or cleaner you can make your own cleaner by using vinegar and water at a 1part vinegar to 4 parts water. I do not prefer this cleaner because it does not have a product in it to help dry out the water after instilled into the ear as most commercially prepared ear cleaners do, but it cannot hurt. If you have a previously prescribed ear medication for a yeast infection then you could try starting this again (active ingredients to look for include clotrimazole or miconazole). My best recommendation is to have your veterinarian take a look and then do what we call an "ear cytology" where (s)he may get a swab of the ear and then look at this sample in-house under a microscope to know if there is an infection and then what kind is present. THen appropriate medicaiton can be prescribe to give her some relief.
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