buildup and excess hair in the ear canal can be problems for your dog.
Not so much for hearing loss as for potential ear infestations and infections.
The latter is among the top five
reasons why people take dogs to vets.
You can help
your dog by taking a few simple actions.
his ears once a week or as directed by your vet.
on the floor and have your dog sit between your thighs. That way
can gently squeeze him to make him stay. Have his head facing away
sterile cotton balls, tissue or gauze. For routine cleaning, you
to use a cleaner but could use mineral oil. I use a hypo
allergic wipe. If you want to prevent wax buildup,
however, you will need a commercial product. My vet
recommended Epi-Otic Advanced Ear Cleanserand
I really like it.
a new cotton ball/tissue/gauze on each ear. If one ear is infected,
the same tissue may spread the infection to the healthy ear.
put a Q-Tip, your finger or anything else down your dog's ear canal.
the underside of his ear and the opening of the ear canal with the
allergic wipe or mineral oil.
if there is hair growing down the ear canal. This is a particular
Poodles, Shih Tzu, Yorkies, Maltese and Affenpinschers.
easy way to remove excess ear hair is to cut it with small nail
then wipe it away.
better but harder way to remove excess ear hair is to spray it with R-7
Ear Powder or other ear powder, which will dry it and
make it easier to hold, and then use tweezers or your fingers to
remove it. This will probably upset you more than it will your dog.
See video at the end on how to pluck the ear hair.
you're using a cleaner, squeeze ten drops in his ear canal or squeeze
excess starts coming out of his ear.
massage the outside of his ear. The video below shows you how. Your
will start shaking his head which also will help the solution settle.
away the excess solution with cotton. Wipe the entire underside
ear and the front part of his ear canal. Don't poke.
him a cuddle and treat.
you see anything in his ears that looks like red dirt or coffee
grounds or if his
ears smell like a sewer, see a vet right away. It's probably ear
mites or other
wipe out his ears after swimming or bathing. Water remaining in
can lead to inflammation or infection. It's a good idea to shake
a bit of R-7 Ear Powder in his ear and ear canal to
remove excess water.
If your dog
has recurring ear infections, your vet may recommend testing him for allergies
using an anti-fungal ear cleaner.
a well done 2-minute video on how to clean your dog's ears.
vet recommended this brand and I've been very satisfied. I also
discovered that it's cheaper to buy it at Amazon.com than at my
Here's what some other reviewers said:
since I started using Virbac Advanced Ear Cleanser for my dog,
he hasn't had one single ear infection, and that is the truth.
like the scent, quick drying action, and it does not leave the
hair on his ears feeling sticky or tacky like some ear cleansers
As long as they keep manufacturing this brand of ear cleanser,
I will never buy any other brand.
addition to cleaning product, you may need to pluck or trim ear from your
dog's ears. This is especially important if your dog has floppy ears or
allergies to prevent infections. Below is a video
that shows you how to pluck the hair. You can also VERY CAREFULLY use
small manicure scissors to clip your dog's ear hair.
I like this
video because it clearly shows which hair needs to be plucked. It goes
on a bit long so feel free to click to off when you've seen enough. The
groomer starts by sprinkling ear powder such as R-7
Ear Powder in the little dog's ears before she starts.
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