The ear is one of the most sensitive parts of an animal’s body. At the same time, it can easily get dirty and develop infections. Therefore, you must learn to clean the dog’s ears and prevent bad odors, redness and bacteria from building up. Keep reading this article to find out how you can help.
Sometimes dog owners forget to keep this part of the body clean because they spend most of their energy focusing on the dog’s fur, legs and mouth. However, cleaning the dog’s ears is very important, as this part of the body is very sensitive and prone to infections.
You should check your pet’s ears once a week or at least twice a month. How often depends on the size and shape of the ears (a cocker spaniels is not the same as a dobermanns).
You should also clean your dog’s ears if rainwater has been trapped inside or if your dog has dived into the sea or a pool. Other external factors to consider are the activities it engages in and the places it goes to. For example, if it has been on the beach, gotten dirty in the park or rolled in mud.
You should clean your dog’s ears at least once a month to prevent infections and the accumulation of bacteria or dirt. You can take the opportunity during the bath to do so, as long as you dry your ears afterwards. Pay attention to the following:
Examine your dog’s ears
Crouch down to the height of the animal and lift up the ears. Check them to see if there is only wax or dirt and no soil or sand. If this is the case, you can clean the dog’s ears yourself.
However, take your dog to the vet immediately if you see any fluid draining the area, redness or any brown, gray or yellow thick wax or even blood. The same applies if there is a strong odor, which may indicate an infection.
2. Look for ticks or foreign objects
Dogs can host different organisms in their ears… ticks love them! Some foreign objects are more likely to enter your pet’s ears if it often enters grassy and earthy areas.
If it has ticks, moisten a cotton swab with alcohol and press it on top of the parasite. Hold it there for a few seconds until the tick releases its grip from the skin. If you try to tear it out by force, you may end up harming your dog.
Buy a special solution
Pet stores sell specific products to clean your dog’s ears. Many people use alcohol, but you should only use it on the outer part of the ears. For the inside, use a solution that has no negative effects.
4. Use a cotton ball
Take a cotton ball and moisten it with the cleaning solution. Gently rub into the dog’s ear. Remember that you can only clean superficially, to avoid cotton getting stuck in the eardrum.
Remove all dirt and debris you see. You may need to repeat the steps several times until everything is completely gone. Be careful not to damage the animal’s skin and make sure it is as still as possible.
5. Flush out the ears
With the same solution as above, and if the vet says it’s fine, you can rinse out the ears and remove the wax and dirt that lies deep inside its ear canal. It’s simple: insert the tip of the bottle into the ear and squeeze the bottle so that the liquid comes out. Massage gently and turn the dog’s head to the side so that the mixture with wax and dirt is emptied.
Finally, back up when you have finished cleaning them, as the dog’s first reaction will be to shake his head back and forth. Do not worry, it’s normal.