Micah Feeding

Vet Speak

In this section, Dr. Micah Kohles, Oxbow’s Director of Veterinary Science and Outreach, answers all of your animal health related questions.  If you have a question for Dr. Kohles regarding the health or behavior of your small animal, send it to web@oxbowanimalhealth.com.

My bunny gets this white waxy build up in his ears. It's odorless. I clean it out with an alcohol wipe. Is this normal?

Wax production is a completely normal part of a healthy ear and, unless excessive or causing an issue, is something I would leave alone.  I also tend not to recommend using alcohol as it is such a strong drying agent that I have actually seen it cause or worsen a problem.  If you do feel strongly that you need to clean the wax, I would honestly only use a dampened Q-tip or, at most, a basic non-alcohol ear cleaner.

Sincerely,

Dr. Micah Kohles, DVM, MPA
Director of Veterinary Science and Outreach
Oxbow Animal Health