Tips for Cleaning Your Dogs Ears
October 24, 2011 -
Routine ear cleanings are essential to eliminating wax buildup and lowering your dog’s risk of developing an ear infection. This a simple solution, but for many pets it can be a distressing process. Dogs are known to have sensitive ears and most prefer for them not to be touched, which can make ear cleanings a strenuous activity. Here are tips you can use the next time your pet’s ears are in need of a good scrub down.
Stress-Free is Key
First, it’s important to make your dog feel as comfortable as possible to alleviate any anxiety. Try lightly massaging the outside of your pet’s ears, which will help with relaxation and is a good way to introduce your dog to having its ears touched.
Use Cotton Balls/Pads
Cotton balls or pads are soft and gentle, which make them an excellent tool for clearing out wax and debris. Never use cotton swabs to clean your dog’s ears; if inserted too deep, the stick can puncture the eardrum and cause hearing loss. Pads can be folded to clean hard to reach areas, without irritating the inner ear or skin. You can also try pre-medicated ear pads for cleaning.
Select the Right Cleaner
Always purchase a dog-specific cleanser — hydrogen peroxide and water are not acceptable cleaning solutions. Peroxide can flush the ear with unwanted chemicals, which can lead to permanent damage, and water, although toxin-free, is the leading cause of most ear infections.
If your dog’s ear congestion doesn’t seem to clear up, visit your groomer or veterinarian for a consultation.
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