Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears

Many dogs enjoy having their ears rubbed and played with so keeping check on how clean your dog’s ears are shouldn’t be too difficult.  Get your dog used to having his ears touched, massaged and looked into at an early an age as possible.It is important that you keep regular check on the inside of the ear especially as infection and mite or bacteria problems can occur.  Some breeds such as the Cocker Spaniels, Labradors and dogs with either long floppy ears or designer dogs with a lot of ear fluff are more susceptible to ear infections and wax build up.  By cleaning your dog’s ears on a regular basis will mean you will be aware of any ear infections or problems before they get too serious.The sign that your dog’s ears are clean and healthy is apparent by the mild pink or skin toned colour of the inside ear with no apparent inflammation.  There may be a little reddish colour wax in the grooves and which will easily wipe out with some cleaning solution on a cotton ball.

You can generally tell if there is a problem in your dog’s ears.  You will notice a lot of wax build-up and there will be a nasty smell.  If this is the case for your dog it is recommended that you take him/her to the vet for checking.  The vet will be able to advise what is causing the problem.

How To Clean My Dog’s Ears

You will need to tilt your dog’s head to the side a little.  Hold the earflap upwards in order to straighten the ear canal.  If you are using a solution follow the instructions on how much to squirt in the ear.  Massage the base of the ear with your thumb and forefinger to enable the solution to go deeper into the ear.  The dog will probably want to shake his head at this point.  Allow him to shake and then wipe the ear out with a dry cotton ball or pad.  Be careful not to go too deeply – the dog will generally let you know if you are hurting.  You might need to have some cotton buds or q-tips on hand to get in the grooves, just don’t poke them in too far into the actual canal itself.  Use them only in the outer ear canal area and the grooves that you can see.  Also, make sure you don’t leave any remnants of wool in the ear.  You may need to tie the ears back for a few minutes to allow them to dry out.

Alternatively, you can pour the solution onto the cotton ball or pad until it is wet through and then wipe inside the ear.  You may need to repeat a couple of times to get all the dirt out.

Cherrybrook has a wide range of products to help keep your dog’s ears clean and healthy as well as products to aid the appearance of your dog’s ears for the show ring.

Plucking Dog’s Ear Hair

Ear hair can be a problem especially in the small designer dogs.  Plucking the ears regularly to keep the hair blocking the canal to a minimum can help prevent ear infections and moisture build-up.

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Fly Bitten Ears

Some breeds of dogs are susceptible to having their ears bitten on the tips by flies and other insects.  This causes the ear to bleed and you will notice a hard crusty surface on the edge of the outer ear.

The best remedy for this is to get an antiseptic and repellent solution specifically designed to keep flies and biting insects away and put this on the dog according to the instructions.

Ilium is an effective repellant ointment for use against flies and other biting insects and can be purchased through Vet Products Direct online.

Or if you prefer a more natural approach why not try Only Natural Pet Herbal Defense Spray which not only protects against biting insects but also against fleas.

Water Or Moisture In The Ears

There may be times when you take your dog swimming, giving him/her a bath or just through living in a humid climate the dog gets moisture in the ear.

Wipe the ear out with a clean cloth or cotton ball, being careful not to poke to far down and leave any bits in the canal.  If the ears are long and floppy a good idea is to tie them back with a band of some sort for a while so the air can get in there.  If the ear does not become dry then the moisture can cause infection to set in.

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Nutri-Vet Ear Dry Cream for Dogs

  • Keeps ears dry
  • Alcohol-free
  • For dogs with floppy ears, swimmers and hunters

Keeping your dog’s ears clean is very important to maintain good health. This cream is a formulated blend of natural ingredients to keep ears dry, clean and odor-free by providing a moisture barrier within the ear canal. Perfect for dogs with floppy ears and those that swim or hunt.

Ingredients: Water, silica, apple cider vinegar, St. John’s Wort, rosemary, lavender oil

Suggested Use: Apply cream directly into ear canal and gently massage. It is a good idea to first remove excess hair and then clean away wax and other matter.

Caution: For use in ear canal only. Do not use if there is suspected damage to the eardrum.

Made in the USA.

 

 

 

You can find out more information by visiting our following pages:
Ear Cleaning Supplies
Plucking Dog’s Ear Hair
Health – Dog Ear Infections

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Ear Wash Dispenser available through Groomers Online
Presenting the Ear Wash Dispenser, a uniquely designed product that has been patented because of its pressure-sensitive liquid release. It allows the user to access the ear wash dispenser with one hand while controlling a pet with the other.

This Ear Wash Dispenser is designed so that a liquid won’t evaporate or become contaminated by debris. It is spill-proof and automatically reabsorbs any of your priceless ear wash. This item will help to dispense most liquids faster and easier than any other.
Ear Wash Dispenser Features:

Liquid Release: Pressure-sensitive.
Dispenses: Most liquids.

If this product isn’t the one for you, please feel free to browse the rest of our ear care range.

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