Cleaning your dog’s ears is an important part of keeping your dog healthy. Tony & Dog in Sale, Manchester have some tips here to help you out.
Cleaning your dog’s ears can help to remove ear wax and debris, reducing the chance of your dog developing an ear infection.
Before you sit down to clean your dog’s ears, gather up any supplies that you will need. You can use a cotton ball to reach into your dog’s ears, and if your dog is a small breed, it may be best to tear the cotton ball in half. Never use a Q-tip, since you can easily damage your dog’s ear canal.
You will also need an ear cleaning solution formulated just for dogs. There are a number of commercially available ear cleaning solutions, so talk with your vet about the type of ear cleaner that he would recommend. For example, we highly recommend Aurigel (Artero) as this is the one used at our salon.
Ask your dog to sit down. Pour a little bit of the ear cleaning solution into your dog’s ear, then gently massage the ear for about few seconds to help work the solution down into the ear. This shouldn’t hurt your dog, but be gentle, his ears are sensitive. Next, take the cotton ball and gently reach down inside his ear to pull out any extra wax. Don’t dig down into your dog’s ear, since this can cause him pain. Instead, use a gentle wiping motion. Repeat this process with your dog’s other ear.
Clean your dog’s ears during a time when he’s relaxed, such as after he’s eaten and has settled down to relax. If your dog reacts strongly to ear cleaning or has a very bad smell into the ear, he may be in pain – take him to the vet to be checked out. Your vet can also advise you about how often you may need to clean your dog’s ears, since the frequency varies depending on a dog’s breed, activity level, and overall ear health.
Cleaning your dog’s ears is a very simple procedure, and the more often that you do it the more your dog will get used to the process.
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