Pet Ears Cleaning

Pet ears cleaning is very important for your Pet as the lack of it can cause problems.

Ear infections are one of the most common reasons for a dog to visit a vet. Signs of an ear infection include shaking the head, scratching the ears, and a bad smell or discharge from the ear.

Pet Ears CleaningDogs with long floppy ears such as spaniels and retrievers, and little dogs with hairy ears such as Yorkies and bichons, are at particular risk. Air circulation is poor in the ear canal so the canal gets very hot and sweaty, and this is an ideal breeding ground for yeast and bacteria.

Dogs with long floppy ears such as spaniels and retrievers, and little dogs with hairy ears such as Yorkies and bichons, are at particular risk. Air circulation is poor in the ear canal so the canal gets very hot and sweaty, and this is an ideal breeding ground for yeast and bacteria.

The outer ear flap (the pinna) is only a small portion of the entire ear structure. In dogs, the ear canal is divided into the out vertical canal, and the inner horizontal canal. Dirt collects in the vertical canal, as it has to fight against gravity in order to get out of the ear.

Ear infections can be prevented by regular ear cleaning. Any hair growing inside the canal should be plucked away; make sure there’s lot of treats on hand to get your dog used to this ear plucking.

There are a variety of products available to clean your dog’s ears. Drops can help loosen up any wax present, but even damp cotton wool will do the trick.

To Clean your Dog’s ear:

  • Lift the outer flap towards the ceiling. This opens up the ear canal.Ear Cleaning Clondalkin Animal Clinic
  • Introduce any drops that you are using; gently insert the nozzle of the cleaner into the ear and give a gentle squeeze to dispense a few drops.
  • Remove the bottle and massage the side of the face just below the ear to work in the drops.
  • Use a wipe or cotton wool to clean out the ear. NEVER INSERT ANYTHING SMALLER THAN YOUR FINGER INTO THE EAR CANAL. You can safely put your finger in as far as the first knuckle, to make sure you get out all the dirt. Use as many cotton pads as necessary until they are coming out clean.

If you see a little blood on the cotton wool, stop and try again a little more gently tomorrow. Ears that are very inflamed bleed easily, so if this is happening regularly you may need to see your vet and get the ears examined.

Very dirty ears will need cleaning every few days, but it can be done only once every week or two just as maintenance to keep everything nice and clean and prevent ear infections.

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