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how do i clean his ears?

On a daily basis, your dog has very specific needs to be healthy. Quality food, comfortable and sheltered bedding, play sessions, regular outings and the attention of his masters are essential for him, but that’s not all. To watch over his health, it is also important to provide him with the hygiene care he needs, and in particular to watch over his ears. These internal “L” shaped organs are indeed attractive shelters for many parasites and the risk of infection is far from negligible. Nevertheless, the maintenance of the doggie’s ears should not be done just anyhow.

What is the point of cleaning your dog’s ears? How often do you worry about it? What precautions should be taken? What are the steps to follow for effective maintenance? Let’s go around the question in this file.

Why should you clean your dog’s ears?

As in humans, earwax – produced by the sebaceous and sweat glands in the external auditory canal – naturally forms in the dog’s ear in order to clean it. This substance makes it possible to collect the deposits formed by dirt, dead skin and hair in order to transport them to the outside of the ear through the external auditory canal.

However, it can happen that earwax forms clumps which then cause inflammation in the ear. When the dog’s ears are not cleaned thoroughly, there is a greater risk of infection and disease, not to mention that they are a good breeding ground for parasites. These clusters of earwax are not that rare, because they are linked to the very particular ear anatomy of the dog. Indeed, the ear canal of our doggie friends is “L” shaped, which means that it descends vertically before forming an angle towards the inside of the skull and the eardrum. Earwax can thus easily stagnate at the bottom of the duct and disrupt proper ventilation of the ear.

In addition, you should know that certain breeds of dogs are particularly exposed to the risk of ear infections, such as ear infections. This phenomenon is common in doggies with long, pendulous ears (the Cocker Spaniel, the Spaniel, etc.), with a long or tortuous auditory canal (the German Shepherd, the Chow-chow, the Shar-Pei, etc. ), whose hair is abundant at the base of the ear (the Bichon, the Poodle, etc.) or which naturally secrete more earwax (the Labrador, the Springer, etc.).

It is therefore important to be particularly vigilant with dogs from these predisposed breeds, but also with all the others, because the ears are sensitive organs that require regular maintenance for any animal. Proper cleaning and repeated checks will prevent many ear problems in our canine friends.

How often should you clean your dog’s ears?

Ideally, it is recommended to take a look at your dog’s ears once or twice a week in order to clean them if necessary. Nevertheless, as soon as the animal goes outside and gets dirty, an examination and cleaning of the ears is immediately necessary.

When the dog’s ears are regularly examined and carefully maintained, a simple surface cleaning can remove the dirt that has accumulated in the canal during its exits. On the other hand, it may be necessary to carry out a deeper and more complete cleaning in certain situations.

  • Before an ear exam, it may be a good idea to clean the ear canal to allow the veterinarian to better examine the pooch’s ears using their otoscope.
  • For a dog prone to ear infections, more regular cleanings may be recommended, which helps prevent the risk of an infection occurring.
  • In case of ear mites caused by mites Otodectes cynotis, regular cleaning with a treatment solution prescribed by a veterinarian is recommended. If the dog is easily prone to this type of disease, it is a good idea to clean his ears more regularly, because these mites are attracted to tissue fluids and dead skin, on which they feed.

Cleaning your dog’s ears: some precautions to know before starting

For the cleaning of your dog’s ears to be effective, it is essential to have the right equipment. The first thing to do is avoid the cotton swab. This small traditional tool actually has a counterproductive effect, and even aggravating, because it pushes the earwax towards the eardrum, that is to say towards the back of the ear. In addition, since the dog’s ear canal is “L” shaped, the risk of damaging it is even greater.

On the contrary, choose an ear lotion for dogs, which you will buy from your veterinarian, pharmacy or pet store. No need to take a treatment product, which may be irritating, but prefer a cleansing product. In addition, avoid products sold in supermarkets which are far too aggressive for the mucous membranes of dogs. Products for humans, babies and cats are also to be avoided, because the pH of the dog’s skin is different and you risk causing inflammation.

Apply your lotion using a compress or possibly a non-fibrous cotton (so as not to leave small residues).

If you don’t have ear lotion, a compress of lukewarm water is enough for a basic cleaning of the external part.

This cleaning gesture can be carried out once a week in a doggie with drooping ears and once or twice a month for other breeds. Remember, however, that the inspection of the ears must be much more frequent. This allows you to see the possible need for an ear cleaning.

Cleaning can be particularly unpleasant for the dog. As far as possible, accustom him to this somewhat invasive gesture from an early age and do not hesitate to get help from a third party if he is agitated. On the other hand, if your dog refuses to be touched or if he seems to be in pain, do not force him and consult your veterinarian.

How to clean your dog’s ears? The steps to follow

For cleaning your dog’s ears to be effective, here are the steps we recommend you follow.

Step 1: examine the dog’s ears

Sit in a quiet place with your pet, at a time when it is ready. Do not solicit him when he is eating, when he is sleeping or when he is too excited.

Gently tug on his ear and hold it firmly, without hurting him. This allows you to clearly clear the internal cavities and observe the entire outer part of the ear.

If you notice irritations or wounds, or if your doggie does not let it go, do not hesitate to consult your veterinarian.

Step 2: use the ear lotion

Place a drop of ear lotion in the bottom of the ear. Then gently massage the base of the ear using gentle, light circular movements with your fingertips to help it better penetrate the ear canal and dissolve accumulated impurities.

Step 3: remove residue

Introduce the compress or the non-fibrous cotton at the bottom of the ear of your dog (making sure however to be able to withdraw it) and massage again in order to help the dirt and the remainder of lotion to adhere to it. If the compress gets stuck, massage the duct to make it come out naturally.

Your pooch can also shake his head after cleaning to evacuate the product and the impurities naturally.

Step 4: clean the outer part

All you have to do is clean the outer part of the ear with another compress or another non-fibrous cotton, before moving on to the next one.

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