Guide to Clean Dogs Ears
Guide to Clean Dogs Ears
As responsible pet owners, we all know that cleaning our dogs' ears is an essential part of grooming. But given their sensitivity, cleaning those ears can be a bit of a challenge. Also, a lot of pet parents experience that their dogs don't want to get their ears cleaned. However, it is essential to establish a weekly ear care routine to prevent ear wax build-up, ear mites, and ear infections.
Look for Some Potential Trouble Signs
Firstly, try to familiarize yourself with a healthy, clean ear. Observe what it looks and smells like (pink, odourless, and not dirty or inflamed). Note that you need to clean it only when you notice a change.
While every dog needs ear care, dogs with droopy ears or folds require additional attention. This is because the shape of the ear causes more moisture to get trapped inside. Also, dogs with dangling ears are prone to ear infections and allergies. Check your dog's ears weekly and look for symptoms such as redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice even mild odour, discharge, redness, or swelling, he may have a problem. Also observe, if your dog exhibits signs of ear discomfort, like constant scratching or rubbing, look inside the ear. As discharge usually indicates a more extensive problem, be more prompt in taking him to a vet.
Steps to Clean Your Dog Ears
Choose the Correct Equipment
With Veterinarian recommendation, get an effective ear-cleaning solution for your dog. Choose a product that eliminates bacterial and fungal build-ups without causing more irritation or injury. Also, never use cotton swabs for cleaning because they can hurt your dog's ears.
Prepare for Cleaning
Layout all of your supplies within arm's reach. The last thing you would want while cleaning is to discover halfway through the process that you forgot something and have to get up to find it. Also, make your dog associate ear-cleaning with something positive. Pamper them with treats.
Follow the Rules
Begin with gently wiping the visible areas of your dog's outer ear, then gradually proceed towards cleaning the inner ear. A dog's ear canal is L-shaped and cleaning that is challenging, that is why follow the guidance given by a veterinarian. For new pet parents with no experience in ear cleaning, do ear cleaning in strict veterinarian supervision.
(Disclaimer: We suggest you consult a veterinarian before following any facts, tips, tricks or myths, as each pet is different and requires different attention)