How to Clean Your Dog's Ears


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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.

Cleaning Dog's Ears

Before you begin to clean the ears of your four-legged family member, it is important to know that they are sensitive. It means you should keep a close eye on dogs' ears to keep them from getting infections. Do understand that your dog is not in favor of cleaning its ears. It is vital that you have to coax them to do your bidding. The procedure is a delicate one. If you do not do the task in a proper manner, then the procedure will result in serious damage. A lot of homework is a must before cleaning the ears of any dog. The more your knowledge of the subject, the healthier your dog will be.

Positivity helps

It is said before: your dog will hate the procedure. You will have to tackle a squirmy canine once you start the procedure. A squirmy behavior drags the process longer and you have to tackle more variables than a short and effective one. One excellent method is to have a bag full of treats ready prior to starting the process. Show it to the dog but do not give it. Make it clear to the dog that it may get the treat if it cooperates with you on this action.

Correct tools are a must

Your dog's ears are similar to you. Using the wrong equipment may render your dog deaf. Do not use a rod or pipe to clean the ears of your dog. Have a bag full of cotton balls beside you. Take gauze and wrap your finger with the latter. Use the two to then the clean the ears of your dog. It is good to have gloves but it is not essential. Just wash hands carefully after you complete the procedure. The ear rinse arguably is the vital tool. It is important to do the process in such a way that the dog will be safe but the job is safely done. The ear rinse must not have any antibiotics, alcohol, or toxic materials.

Everything must be at hand

There must not come a time when you could not find one particular component of the cleaning equipment in the middle of the process. If you get up to find that piece, be prepared to fight your dog to get it back into the desired position. Conditions could be such that you would be forced to restart the whole process.It is vital you follow all the rules. There can be no harm only if you follow them. Begin on the outside and clean the way in. Continue the process until you feel the resistance. Continuing the process without your dog's consent may damage its ears.

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