Posted on: 24 August 2020Share
Your dog's ears need to be cleaned and cared for just like your own. Their ears can accumulate a lot of dirt and debris, which can end up causing an issue with infections or other concerns. If you aren't sure how to care for your dog's ears, you need to talk to your veterinarian about how to get it done. It's a part of the grooming you need to do in order to care for your dog. Read on for tips to help you care for your dog's ears.
1. Keep An Eye Out For Problems
You need to keep an eye out for any issues your dog may be having with their ears. Watch for their head or ears flapping a lot, and keep an eye out for any pawing at their ears often, or trying to rub them on your floor or furniture. You may also notice discharge coming from the ear and it may appear brown, reddish, or even black. This discharge, if in excess, may indicate an infection. If you notice a lot of discharge, you should take your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup and for treatment. Medicated ear drops may be necessary to clean out the ears and heal the infection.
2. Clean The Ears
Clean your dog's ears often by wiping the inside with a cotton ball or a washcloth. Wipe down the underside of the ear, without reaching in too far into the ear. Trying to clean too far into the ear can cause more issues for your dog. Just as you shouldn't reach too far into your own ear you shouldn't reach too far into your dog's ears either. You can clean your dog's ears with a cotton ball and a little bit of vinegar and water.
3. Keep The Ears Dry
Moisture can cause yeast to grow in the ears, which can lead to an infection. If your dog's ears are wet from a bath, from sweating, or from swimming, it can lead to an issue. Keep your dog's ears dry by folding back the ears after getting wet to allow them time to dry out. If your dog has big ears and sweats a lot, be sure you keep a close eye on their ears and take them in if you suspect an infection.
If your dog has stinky ears, a lot of discharge or it appears that his ears are bothering them, take a good look at his ears. Take them to the veterinarian for pet care if you think your dog's ears need to be cleaned by a professional, or if you think they need to be treated.