Dog Ear Problems – 7 Tips to Help Your Dog & You!

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There are several types of dog ear problems that can affect her well being. Don’t delay a visit to the vet if you suspect an infection. But, there are other issues to know about and learn how to treat: 

  1. Dirty Ears

Dirty dog ears can be caused by many things. While some cases require treatment by a veterinarian, sometimes the problem can be treated by implementing a proper cleaning routine.

First of all, you need to identify the source of the problem and get the opinion of a vet.

Dog ear infections, for example, left untreated can cause permanent damage to your its  eardrum and impair hearing. Get your dog seen as soon as possible to learn the appropriate course of action. Ear issues can be very uncomfortable and often, painful. Your vet will examine your dog’s eardrum to see if it is intact before deciding on the course of treatment.

2. Examining Dog Ears – An Issue for Many Dogs

A lot of dogs find the process of having their ears examined very annoying and will not sit still during the check.

While this is to be somewhat expected, it’s important to help your dog adjust to this process of examination and cleaning, so as to avoid unnecessary injury. If you’re cleaning your dog’s ears on your own, you probably won’t be able to see as deep as your vet could with an otoscope, but you can clean wax. If you notice that your dog has an excessive amount of ear hairs, ask your vet or professional groomer to pluck them.

3. Applying Dog Ear Medications

Applying ear medications to your dog may seem like a simple task, but the reality is that it is likely to be a two-person job. Dogs don’t enjoy this process, so having an extra set of hands to help you gently restrain your dog will be helpful. Apply medication to the ears of small dogs on a table but stick to the floor for larger dogs.

4. Dog Ear Infections

Dog ear infection is one of the most common afflictions to the dog’s head or face, second to allergies.

Yeast and bacteria love the ears because of the dark, warm, and moist environment.

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If your dog’s immune system is weak, yeast and bacteria will take advantage of the opportunity to replicate. When dogs have recurrent ear issues that are not related to outside factors, mites, or the dog’s unique anatomy, allergies to environmental substances or dietary proteins may be to blame.

Your vet will help you identify the cause and educate you on options for exclusion diets and making sure to minimize exposure to irritants like pollen, dust, or storage mites.

5. Dog Ear Cleaning Solution

When cleaning your dog’s ears, to ensure safety, always use a formula specifically designed for dogs. So look for a dog ear cleaning solution. Avoid formulas with alcohol as they can cause irritation or dryness of the skin. Stay away from the cotton buds when cleaning your dogs ears! They can push debris further into the canal or damage your dog’s eardrum.

6. Pay Close Attention to Long Droopy Dog Ears

Dogs that have long, droopy ears are automatically more vulnerable to ear infections, so regular cleanings are a vital part of their grooming routine. Remember, this process is easier when performed by two people!

And, to help your dog adjust to ear cleaning (which most don’t like), start the routine as early as possible, as a puppy.

When it’s time to start cleaning:

    • Apply the specified amount of formula with a dropper and massage into the base of your dog’s ears.
    • Dogs usually shake their heads at this moment, which helps the formula loosen debris.
    • Wipe the inside of your dog’s ears using cotton pads until the ear is clean, but do not apply too much pressure.
    • Take your time and be gentle.
    • After you’re finished, dry the dog’s ears and surrounding area.

7. Maintaining Regular Ear Check-Ups!

Waste no time in addressing any signs of problems with your dog’s ears. Maintain regular ear checks and note any head shaking, rubbing, or scratching of the ears or the areas around them. The sooner you catch something, the easier it will be to treat your dog’s ear infection or any other problem.

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