Whether you’re a new dog owner or have a multi-dog household, something like cleaning your dog’s ears may feel overwhelming. Also, your dog’s ears may be sensitive so it can be a scary process for the both of you.
I recommend consulting with your veterinarian regarding whether your dog’s ears need to be cleaned and how often. I would also recommend purchasing any ear cleaner through your veterinarian to make sure it is a safe cleaning product and meets your dog’s specific needs,
Further, your veterinarian can help determine if something more is going on with your best friend’s ears.
Steps on how to clean a dog’s ears
- Saturate a cotton ball with an ear cleaning solution.
- Clean the inside of your dog’s ear with the cotton ball.
- Gently wipe away any debris.
- Do not ever squirt anything into your dog’s ears unless advised to do so by your veterinarian and don’t insert Q-tips into the ear canal itself to avoid damaging the eardrum or pushing debris into the ear canal which may cause an infection;
The importance of maintaining ear cleanliness
Dog breeds may have different needs when it comes to ear cleaning maintenance . Whether your dog has floppy ears, short ears, tall ears, or pointy ears, they may require different regiments.
For instance, just checking your dog’s ears can make quite an impact on their health. Skin and ear infections can pop up with little to no warning in your furry friend.
It’s important to check your dogs’ ears regularly to help you determine what is normal for your dog, and any deviation from normal can signal infection. Some mild wax is expected, but excessive discharge, redness, bleeding, or an odor can be signs of an infection. Also, it’s really important not to over clean or clean too often. Cleaning their ear’s too frequently can cause irritation and inflammation and make them susceptible to infection.
Tips to keep your dog’s ears clean
Consider the following:
- Use a dog ear-cleaning products recommended by your veterinarian.
- Do not put anything into your dog’s ears other than what’s recommended.
- Use cotton balls for cleaning. You want this to be comfortable and not harsh on the ears.
- Have patience and take your time. Slow and gentle will make it an easier experience for the both of you.
- Stay on track with your dog’s scheduled treatment if there is an infection.
- Talk to your veterinarian about any dog breed concerns and food allergies that may be causing ear problems.
Every dog is different and may have a different reaction to their ear’s being touched, cleaned, or medication administrated. Consider your dog’s needs and adjust accordingly. It may take your pet time to become comfortable with the process.
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