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 >> Cleaning Your Dogs Ears

Cleaning your dog's ears can be a bit frustrating but its an essential part of good health. Most dogs do not like having to sit still. However, it is important to keep your dog's ears clean to help prevent potential health hazards such as ear mites, ear infections and wax build up (which in turn will be excruciatingly painful for your dog).


To help reduce your dog's health risk with any of the above listed problems, be sure to perform a routine ear check during your weekly grooming sessions. Below we have listed some helpful tips for checking and cleaning your dog’s ears:

What to Look for:
>> Check your dog’s ears for any dirt, wax, foreign objects, or redness within the ear canal.
>> Smell your dog's ear; if there is a foul smell present, this is usually indicative of a more serious problem or infection.
>> Mites, fleas and ticks like the dark, moist inaccessible area of your dog's ear. Check for any dark substances in your dog's ears, (they will almost look like dark brown coffee grinds).
>> If you think your dog may have any of the above listed symptoms, it is imperative that you call and make an appointment to see your Veterinarian. If left untreated these symptoms can worsen and lead to more severe problems for your dog.


What you should NOT do:
>> You should Not use soap and water to clean your dog's ears.
>> You should Not poke or probe the internal ear canal, or surrounding tissues, this can damage your dog’s ear.
>> You should Not use Q-tips or any other type of objects in the ear canal. This will push the dirt further into the ear canal leading to more potential problems for your dog. It is best to clean the part of the ear that you can visually see.


Signs your dog may exhibit that indicates a potential problem:
>> If your dog is shaking his head uncontrollably and more often than usual.
>> If the inside of his ear appears to be constantly moist.
>> If you think you may see fleas, ticks or mites inside the ear.
>> If a strong foul odor is coming from the ear.
>> If a waxy discharge is present.
>> If your dog yelps or cries while scratching his head.


Now that we have gone over what to look for, what you should Not do when checking your dog’s ears and signs that a problem maybe present we can now discuss how to properly care for your dog’s ears:

>> It may be easiest for another person to help you restrain your dog. Have them hold your dog's legs and body, while his head rests in your lap and or you can wrap your dog in a towel, exposing only his head, (if his size permits).
>> Start by cleaning the ear lobe with a wet cotton ball.
>> Using a cotton ball or a piece of gauze gently clean away any dirt.
>> Next clean the cartilage of the ear using a moistened Q-tip to clean any dirt from the hard to reach places of the ear. DO NOT place the Q-tip inside the ear canal, as this can cause your dog to move unexpectedly and ear damage may occur.
>> It is best to only clean the parts of the ear that you can visually see.
>> After you are all done cleaning your dogs ears, be sure to Praise him and give him a dog treat for doing so good!


Following these few steps on a regular basis can help prevent your dog from experiencing more serious health problems later on and will also prevent you from experiencing an expensive vet visit.


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*Please Note: The information provided above is solely for the purpose of informing and educating our visitors and should not be used to replace the advice or care of a professional, qualified veterinarian.*



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