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A few dogs breeds are more vulnerable to ear infections. Drop-eared dogs like Labrador Retrievers and Cocker Spaniels are more susceptible to infections compared to dogs who have upright ears. The flow of air gets hampered in floppy eared dogs. Moisture and debris get trapped easily within the ear canal. The pollutants fester and then becomes a yeast or bacterial infection. The most vulnerable dog breeds in this context are the Bichon Frise and the Poodles. The list of infection causing factors include allergies and mites.
Regular cleaning helps
You should regularly clean your dog's ears. Cleaning them
periodically reduces the chances of infection. The frequency of cleaning
depends on your dog. The number should be just enough to keep the ears clean
but not too much to irritate its ears. Consult the veterinarian. A few dogs
need a monthly clean while others once every week. If the dog already suffers
from an ear infection, you can be instructed to clean its ears every day or on
alternate days. Medication is a must in such cases. Do not put in any ointment
or any other medicine if the ears are not cleaned properly. Doing so will only
increase the dirty pile already present in the ear.
It does not matter whether your dog has an infection or
not-cleaning the ears is always a good idea. A good clean is a must when the
ears look dirty, or a bad smell keeps coming out of the ear. A yeasty smell
means an infection is in the offing and you should take the dog to the
veterinarian as soon as possible. The list of other ear infection signs
includes frequent head shaking or ear scratching by the dog, or the ears get
inflamed or red. There could also be an ear discharge. In dogs, ear infections
could be extremely painful. If it cries often, take it to the veterinarian as
quickly as you can. One sure sign of infection is that when you touch the dog's
ears , it cries.
Use fingers or tweezers
You can clean your dog's
ears at home. If you feel nervous about this task, take it to the groomer or
the veterinarian. Do be aware that this service is an expensive one. It is easy
to clean your dog's ears if you have the right supplies and know the correct
techniques. Ask the veterinarian to show you how to clean the dog's ears so
that you will feel more comfortable while doing the same task at home. If the
dog has hairs growing out of its ear canal, then you shorten them before
cleaning the ears. Easiest way is to wrap some cotton around your fingers and
slowly rotate and clean inside of the ears. Always remember dog ears are
extremely sensitive so the ore careful you are the better.