Have you ever seen your dog scratch its ears repeatedly? Well, it should not only alarm you but also make you think there might be something wrong with them.
My friend’s dog Daisy had a tendency of over scratching her ears a while ago. In the end, she was found to have an ear infection by the vet.
However, not all dogs are prone to ear infections. If your dogs have any of the following (1), they are more likely to have them:
- Non-erect outer ears
- Excessive hair growth in the ear canal
A simple regular ear clean up routine would have helped reduce infections or prevent it in the first place.
That is why I took the liberty of writing this article. Hopefully, it will help any dog owners out there to be more aware of this situation. Most of us will not regularly clean our dog’s ears; I was of no exception before that.
Don’t procrastinate when it comes to making your dog clean. On the other hand, there are some dog owners who actually try to maintain the cleanliness, especially of dog’s ears; but they are not doing it properly.
Dog’s ears are very sensitive. That is why they need regular and careful cleaning. I have some experience of cleaning my dog, Kyra’s ears. Along the way, I have picked up a few tricks that will help you and your pooch get the best experience.
We are not always happy every day. Occasionally we have bad days. Not unless you want your dog to be squirmy, then I’d suggest you shouldn’t do any cleaning in such a mood.
The cleanup will get more complicated and difficult if you don’t feel good. Dogs will feel what their owners feel. They will be happy when you approach them positively.
So, try to be optimistic and confident when cleaning their ears, even if it is your first attempt.
You can try using treats to make the process easy for both of you. We all love treats, including our furry friends. So, don’t forget to give it a big thank you whenever it’s calm and co-operative.
Get everything ready.
Make sure you prepare everything in advance. You don’t want to find out halfway through the process that there’s something you forgot. Put all your stuff at arm’s reach so that you have a smooth ride.
You might find yourself having to restart the whole process since the tools are too far within reach. When you start cleaning its ears, you need to continue to the end without pauses. Otherwise, your dog will change its position easily.
Also, find the right tools for the job. Dog’s ears are much like human ones. Without the proper ones, the experience could be painful and unsafe.
Follow the guidelines.
Below are the steps for cleaning dog’s ears:
To get your dog’s ears cleaned, you have to clean one ear at a time.
Lift up the earflap and squeeze a bit of the ear cleaner into its canal to fill it up.
Next, give the base of the ear a gentle 20 to 30-second massage. This will help the cleaner break down debris and wax in your dog’s ears.
According to Dr. Michael Lund, veterinary staff manager for ASPCA’s Community Medicine Department in New York, home-made solutions for ear-cleaning purposes contain water-based chemicals like hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol and vinegar; which are the root cause of ear infections in most dogs.(2)
The best thing to do is ask your vet for a recommended ear-cleaning product tailored to your pet’s needs.
Let your dog shake its head. Remember to put a towel on top of its head during the headshake. This will prevent spills from going all over the place.
After that, you can wipe off the outer ear with cotton wool. If you are able to wipe the inside ear without your dog running away, then, gently do so.
Caution: Do not use a cotton swab for cleaning, as it will push box wax and infection deeper into the canal whilst damaging the eardrum.
- Wipe as far down as you can with the cotton wool. But please be extra careful. You also need to keep cleaning until the cotton wool comes back clean.
- Additionally, if your dog has an infection in the ears, you can apply the medication after cleaning her ears and wipe it out.
I hope the steps above will help you and your dog. Don’t forget that ears are very sensitive organs. And if you’ve never cleaned them before, you will need to approach them gently. After some time, it will be more comfortable with the process.
If you are unsure about it, you should leave the work to a professional groomer or vet instead. Observe and learn from them so that you know how to do it next time. Why risk hurting your beloved pooch?
Do leave comments below to let us know if you’ve ever cleaned your dog’s ears? Thank you for reading.
References: (1) https://pets.webmd.com/dogs/dog-ear-infections#1 (2) https://www.petmd.com/dog/care/5-tips-preventing-ear-infections-do
Josh is the owner of the pet blog: kyrapets.com that shares useful information helping dog owners. (Kyra is his dog whom he loves very dearly.)
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